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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Laura Dean


Further development of the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills acquired as a pharmacy graduate that form the basis of future practice. The unit explores the day-to-day practice of pharmacy including systematic problem solving, therapeutics, evidence based practice, patient monitoring and outcomes, symptomology, improving adherence, multiple medication management, pharmaceutical care, standards and competencies for pharmacy practice, ethics, legal aspects, multidisciplinary approaches to health care, primary care, over the counter medicines, communication and counselling, public health, pharmaceutical calculations, risk management and dealing with difficult clients


  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the legal, professional and ethical framework for pharmacy practice in Victoria;
  • demonstrate strong problem solving skills and apply professional judgement in a range of areas including prescription problems, therapeutic problems, and legal and ethical problems;
  • apply evidence-based principles to the practice of pharmacy;
  • promote and contribute to optimal use of medicines;
  • provide primary health care, including: identifying symptoms, knowing when to refer patients for medical evaluation, and recommending appropriate non-prescription products;
  • effectively communicate medication-related information to patients and other health professionals;
  • solve simple and complex pharmaceutical calculations;
  • understand the nature and importance of multi-disciplinary care;
  • apply organisational skills and manage work issues and interpersonal relationships in pharmacy practice.


Assessment is by seminar attendance, online discussion group participation, online quizzes, participation in National Prescribing Service activities and submission of a learning portfolio including a record of Continuing Professional Development.

Chief examiner(s)

Laura Dean

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to attend two on campus seminars of 2 days each semester ( a total of 4 days per semester).