6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators
PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context
In this unit students will acquire or further develop knowledge relating to the:
- Ethical principles in relation to the practice of pharmacy.
In this unit students will develop an appreciation of:
- The competency standards for the practice of pharmacy in Australia
- The Australian healthcare system
- Alternative therapies available in Australia
- The practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings
- Drug information services.
In this unit students will develop an understanding of;
- Aged care services
- The principles of multiple-medication management and the skills for performing multiple medication management reviews.
In this unit students will further develop abilities in:
- Performing pharmaceutical calculations
- Dispensing multiple prescriptions with 100% accuracy in different settings using commercial dispensing programs
- Providing reliable drug information to health professionals and consumers and
- Undertaking comprehensive medication reviews in different practice settings.
This will involve the study of:
- ethics in Pharmacy Practice
- competency and standards
- the Australian healthcare system
- aged care services
- multiple medication management
- hospital practice
- drug information services
- IV lines
- rural practice
- alternative therapies
As part of this unit students will submit assignments, participate in workshops, attend practicals, and undertake some self-directed learning, all of which will enhance their learning experience.
At the completion of this unit the student should be able to:
- Describe the role of the pharmacist in patient care, the ethical codes that guide the profession of pharmacy and apply those in a practice setting;
- Describe the Australian health care system, alternative therapies, competency and practice standards documents, and aged care services;
- Apply the principles of multiple medication management and problem solving skills to clinical situations in various practice settings;
- Describe the practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings;
- Describe the principles and procedures in the provision of drug information;
- Perform pharmaceutical calculations relevant to the practice of pharmacy;
- Prepare and dispense extemporaneous preparations and dispense proprietary products with 100% accuracy in different practice settings using commercial dispensing programs;
- Provide reliable and unbiased drug information to health professionals and consumers;
- Undertake comprehensive medication reviews in different practice settings;
- Communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals.
Final exam (2 hours): 50%; Open Book Practical Examination (2 hours): 30%; Medication Management Assignment: 10%; Calculations Quiz (1 hour) - 10%.
Hurdle: Pharmaceutical calculations (minimum 80% required to pass the unit)
Contact hours for on-campus students:
- Fifteen 1-hour lectures
- Six 2-hour workshops
- Two 1.5-hour practicals
- Six hours of self-directed learning
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