Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, 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.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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 titleGradCertPharmPrac
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Parkville)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Course coordinator

Laura Dean


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • International students located in Australia wishing to study this course must be registered as a pharmacist in Australia and have the appropriate visa to allow part-time study. All other international students are only able to study this course in their country of residence.
  • Part-time study only. This course is normally completed in 1-1.5 years. Students have a maximum of three years to complete.


This course allows students to develop further knowledge and skills in a range of pharmacy practice-related areas. It provides an opportunity for ongoing professional development at the same time as earning an additional qualification.

Students can specialise in specific areas of practice by undertaking elective units which cover pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, economics and wound care relevant to pharmacy.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be capable of:

  • consolidating and building upon the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences gained as an undergraduate
  • applying the knowledge and skills to day-to-day pharmacy practice situations
  • further developing the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills that form the basis of pharmacy practice
  • further developing problem-solving skills and application of professional judgement in patient care
  • working within the ethical and legal framework of the profession
  • exploring personal career goals and expectations
  • dealing with professional and personal pressures associated with being a pharmacist
  • becoming a 'life-long learner'

Maximum credit allowed

12 credit points


Students who choose the elective unit PGP5015 (Geriatric pharmacy practice) are required to undertake patient medication history interviews and medication reviews in the student's workplace. Home Medicines Review 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

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.


This course consists of one core 6-point unit and 18 points of elective units.


Students must complete the following core unit:

plus 18 points from the following electives:

  • 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*
  • PGC5002 Patient data and pharmacotherapy I**
  • PGC6003 Patient data and pharmacotherapy II**
  • PGC6004 Patient data and pharmacotherapy III**
  • 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

Within the total credit points required for this course, students can also undertake up to 12 credit points of complementary units. For further information visit:

* Students cannot undertake more than 12 points of these units.

** Enrolment in these units is subject to approval. Students are also required to be working in an Australian hospital clinical setting.

Minimum grade for articulation

In order to progress to the Master of Pharmacy Practice, students must achieve a minimum pass grade as follows:

  • a mimimum of credit (60) average.


Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice