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PC4203 - Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice

Credit points: 12
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

The subject will prepare students for entry into the Pharmacy workforce. It continues from the Semester 1 subject, Professional Pharmacy Practice 3 and further develops the student's understanding of aspects of professional pharmacy practice including dispensing skills, legal and ethical issues and professional standards. An emphasis will be placed on how these concepts apply to the Contemporary Professional Pharmacy Practices in Australia, especially their application in rural and remote Australia. The students will use this knowledge in conjunction with their experience gained in their supervised clinical pharmacy placement to understand the roles of pharmacists in the future. An emphasis will be placed on good listening and communication skills. The role of the pharmacist in community liaison will be discussed and applied to pharmacy practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the current legislative, ethical, pharmacoeconomic, management issues relevant to contemporary pharmacy practice;
  • demonstrate the basic dispensing functions of a pharmacist including eliciting, reviewing and assessing patient history, maintaining records and counselling patients to encourage compliance;
  • demonstrate competency in obtaining a pharmaceutical history, including a patient's medication and medical history;
  • develop individual aims of intervention and outcomes of practice for patients that present to the pharmacy;
  • achieve competency for personal accreditation and registration requirements.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: (PC3204 OR PC3015) AND PC3001 AND PC3002 AND CH3100 AND PC3005 AND PC3201 AND PC3102 AND (PC3205 OR PC3016)
PC4201 PC4202 PC4211


Townsville, Study Period 2, Placement/work experience
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop
Lecturers: Mrs Joanne Roache, Mr David Herron, Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Mr Joe Grasso, Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, <Person not found>, Mrs Sue Carson, Dr John Smithson, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 12 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 30 hours - Presentations
  • 360 hours clinical placement
Assessment: presentations (55%); assignments (5%); clinical (30%) and extemporaneous (10%) dispensing practical (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Assessment by clinical placement performance report, attendance record and placement workbook is assessed as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Satisfactory is required in order to pass this subject.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.