Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryInternship (Act Program)
OfferedParkville Term 3 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Michelle Vienet


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 Australia.
  • 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.


Students enrolled in this unit must hold provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and be undertaking an approved placement. Students who fail to gain provisional registration, or who have their registration rescinded during the program, will be unable to continue in this unit.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Michelle Vienet

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). As a guide, it would be expected that graduates completing the Internship program should be completing a minimum of about 2-3 hours per week, in addition to attendance at seminars and CPD requirements.

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