PGP5011 - Applied pharmacy practice 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Michelle Vienet

Unit guides





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.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • 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 Students who fail to gain provisional registration, or who have their registration rescinded during the program, will be unable to continue in this unit.


Students will be assessed using the Monash Competency Grading Schema based on:

Seminar attendance and participation (hurdle)

Satisfactory completion of online discussion blocks and online quizzes (hurdle)

Satisfactory competencies assessments by preceptor (hurdle)

Submission of a learning portfolio including satisfactory completion of learning portfolio activities (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to attend two on campus seminars by 2 days each semester (a total 4 days per semester). As a guide, it would be expected that graduates completing the Internship program should be completing a minimum of about 3 hours per week study time in addition to attendance at seminars and meeting learning portfolio and CPD requirements.

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


PGP9011 (VCP5011)