Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0625 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2015 (Off-campus block of classes)
Parkville Second semester 2015 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Mr John Coutsouvelis



This unit provides students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in an area of specialty practice. It allows them to model their behaviour to provide clinical pharmacy services at a high level, and to become an important member of the healthcare team in a specialty environment.
The student will also put into practice the knowledge and skills learned in Evidence based practice, Clinical pharmacology, Introduction to epidemiology & biostatistics, and Patient data and pharmacotherapy 1 and 2. Students will present a number of case studies highlighting the pharmacist's role in patient management, and the application of evidence based practice.


At completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacotherapy and patient monitoring relevant to the chosen specialty.
  • Describe useful resources available to pharmacists working in the chosen specialty.
  • Present comprehensive case studies concentrating on the role of the pharmacist in patient management, and the application of evidence based practice.
  • Present a Journal club relevant to the chosen specialty.
  • Present a continuing education lecture on an area of practice or therapeutics relevant to the chosen specialty, and pitched at the right level for the chosen audience.


Placement attendance, presentations and submission of learning portfolio (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

This unit requires four weeks of placement in a specialty area under the supervision of an experienced specialty clinical pharmacist preceptor approved by the Course Coordinator. The placement organised by the student may be undertaken in a four-week block, or as two blocks each of two weeks.
It is expected that all four weeks will be carried out in the same specialty area of practice. Placements should not generally be undertaken in the student's normal workplace. Students should allocate extra time for reading, case preparation, etc during the placement time.

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


PGC6006 (VCG6011)