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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Managing facultyPharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradCertPharmPracInt
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationMulti-modal (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Michelle Vienet


  • Off-shore international students are not eligible to enrol in this course. International students located in Australia will need to seek advice as to which visa is appropriate for part time study and full time work. This is currently under review by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Further information can be found at
  • Part-time study only. The course can be undertaken in one year, however students may take up to three years to complete.
  • Core units require that students attend eight days on campus (Parkville campus) during the internship program. These internship seminars are conducted over two full days, four times during the year. Some elective economic units may require attendance on a Monash campus or affiliated location.


This course provides the opportunity to complete an internship course approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia and to credit this towards a postgraduate qualification. Students can specialise in specific areas of practice by undertaking elective units which cover clinical, economic and wound care relevant to pharmacy.


This course assists pharmacy graduates to make the transition from student to independent, competent professional. It does this by helping interns to:

  • consolidate and build upon the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained as an undergraduate
  • apply their knowledge and skills to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  • further develop the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  • further develop problem solving skills and application of professional judgement in patient care
  • work within the ethical and legal framework of the profession
  • explore personal career goals and expectations
  • deal with professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  • become a 'life-long learner'.

Pharmacy Board of Australia provisionsal registration

Students enrolled in this program must be provisionally registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and have obtained and provided details of an internship position with an approved Preceptor. For details visit


PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) requires students to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews to be conducted in the student's workplace. Home Medicines Reviews are to be conducted under the supervision of an accredited consultant pharmacist or hospital outreach pharmacist (assistance is available with organising this for students located in Victoria, if the student does not have access to a suitably experienced pharmacist).

Professional recognition

Completion of Internship Training Program (ITP) units PGP5011 and PGP5012 is recognised by the Pharmacy Board of Australia, as meeting the requirements for registration.

Successful completion of PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) is recognised by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) for Stage 1 of the training program for accreditation of pharmacists to deliver Commonwealth-funded Medication Management Reviews.


Students complete two core 6-credit-point units and 12 points of elective units.

The core units commence in early January. These are completed in the first 12 months and it is recommended that the elective units are completed in the following 12 months.


Core units

  • PGP5011 Applied pharmacy practice I
  • PGP5012 Applied pharmacy practice II


Students complete 12 points from the following:

  • ECX9700 Introduction to health economics
  • ECX9710 Pharmaceutical economics
  • ECX9720 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics
  • ECX9730 Economic evaluation in healthcare
  • ECX9750 Principles of health economics for developing countries
  • PGC5001 Evidence based practice
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy I*
  • PGC6005 Journal club
  • PGC6007 Introduction to clinical research
  • PGC6010 Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy
  • PGP5013 Dermatology
  • PGP5014 Clinical educator preparation
  • PGP5015 Geriatric pharmacy practice
  • PGP5016 Geriatric disease state management
  • PGP5017 Mental health
  • PGP5018 Palliative care
  • PGW1101 Biology of wound healing
  • PGW1102 Wound assessment
  • PGW1103 Wound dressings
  • PGW1104 Management of acute wounds
  • PGW1105 Management of chronic wounds
  • PGW5106 Systemic medication and wound healing

* Enrolment into this elective is subject to approval. Students are required to be working in an Australian hospital clinical setting.

Minimum grade for articulation

A minimum of a credit average is required for articulation to the Master of Pharmacy Practice.

Progression to further studies

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate students who achieve a credit average or above can articulate into the Master of Pharmacy Practice, or apply for entry to the Master of Clinical Pharmacy or Master of Wound Care.


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (Internship)