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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Parkville Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Rohan Elliott


Geriatric pharmacy practice is an elective unit in the Masters and Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. The unit will help students develop specialist knowledge and skills in geriatric pharmacy practice and medication management reviews. The unit explores medication management for elderly patients in community, residential aged care and hospitals settings, through readings, case studies, online small group discussions and fieldwork as outlined below.
Students are required to have the minimum computer systems requirements as specified by the Faculty and regular internet access.


To provide students with an understanding of:

  • the demographics and epidemiology of older Australians
  • the Aged Care health system
  • medication use, medication-related problems and adverse medication outcomes in the elderly
  • physiological changes that occur with ageing and their impact on drug therapy
  • principles of prescribing for the elderly
  • ability to undertake medication management reviews for elderly patients, as part of a multidisciplinary team, in community, residential care and hospital settings


Patient medication history interview and medication review to be conducted in students' workplace. Home Medicines Review 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).


Case studies, online discussions, written medication management review reports

Chief examiner(s)

Rohan Elliott

Contact hours

Student are expected to allow 10-12 hours per week over the semester in study time.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geriatric pharmacy, Aged care, Medication management reviews