Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 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
OfferedParkville First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Parkville Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Rohan Elliott; Ms Elizabeth Morabito


For postgraduate coursework pharmacy discontinuation dates, please see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/pg-coursework/unit-discontinuation-dates.html

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/courses/pg-coursework/contact.html


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.


After completing this unit, students will be able to:

  • Describe physiological and pathophysiological changes that occur in the ageing population.
  • Describe the principles of prescribing and medication management in older patients.
  • Identify and manage medication related problems in older patients.
  • Conduct medication management interviews with elderly patients.
  • Write professional medication management review reports.
  • Navigate the Aged Care system and refer patient's to relevant health care services where appropriate.


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).


Online tasks (e.g. online discussions, online quizzes): 40%
Written assignments (including written medication management reviews and completion of fieldwork as described above): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Rohan Elliott; Ms Elizabeth Morabito

Contact hours

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