12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
There is a quota on this unit due to the intensive nature of the graduate pathway and the summer offering.
- Summer semester B 2019 (On-campus)
A completed relevant undergraduate degree with a minimum of a distinction average.
Third year units to be completed in the same academic year of enrolment should this unit be passed. In addition, a third year overload unit in Semester 1Bridge to Practice II is required a part of the pathway.
This unit is only available for applicants entering the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) or Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/ Masters of Pharmacy degrees through the graduate entry pathway. A previous relevant degree and certain criteria including pre-requisites and a distinction average is required.
This unit will explore the relevant aspects of the Australian healthcare system and common healthcare issues in pharmacy settings. This unit will provide a foundation of knowledge and skills required for the practice of pharmacy including communication and problem solving, medication dispensing, patient counselling and performing pharmaceutical calculations. Fundamental concepts of drug delivery to the body and formulation principles will be highlighted in this unit. This unit introduces the management of selected dermatological, pain, respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions by relating pathophysiology with rational design of dosage forms and clinical use of medicines using a standardised approach to patient-centred care.
- Describe the signs and symptoms, diagnostic and epidemiological aspects of selected pain, dermatological, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions.
- List and prioritise pharmacological and non-drug therapy options for the management of selected pain, dermatological, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions.
- Evaluate a patient's pain, dermatological, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions and create a complete, patient-specific care plan which applies established clinical guidelines and a comprehensive review of potential medication-related problems.
- Apply counselling strategies that optimise therapy outcomes including behavioural change for patients in the management of selected pain, dermatological, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions including when referral for medical assessment is required in selected pain, dermatological, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions.
- Explain why medicines are administered by different routes of delivery to the body based on drug properties and clinical needs with respect to management of selected pain, dermatological, gastrointestinal and respiratory conditions.
- Describe and apply the general principles concerning the formulation of various medicinal dosage forms including tablets and capsules, solutions, suspensions and emulsions and explain the rationale for the inclusion of each of the excipients.
- Demonstrate proficiency in fundamental pharmaceutical calculations.
- Define, incorporate, interpret and apply a standardised approach to patient-centred care.
- Identify and describe common healthcare issues in primary care, by demonstrating safe and systematic procedures for the supply of medicines and the provision of professional advice.
- Diagnose, manage and communicate effectively information about medicines for a simple healthcare issue in relation to pain, dermatological, respiratory or gastrointestinal conditions.
- Reflect on identified strengths and weaknesses in communication and other non-cognitive skills via a Personalised Learning Plan to enhance professional skills required to practice as a pharmacist.
- Identify and describe the relevant aspects of the Australian health care system and pharmacy settings, by:
- applying guiding principles of pharmacy practice.
- observing the role of pharmacists in hospital and community pharmacy settings.
In-semester assessments 50%; End of Unit assessments 50%
Workload requirements include online modules and face to face interactive lectures and workshops which require compulsory attendance.
Contact hours for on-campus activities will include:
(+) Approximately 24 hours/week of interactive lectures and workshops
(+) Two 1-day experiential visits to pharmacy settings
(+) Three 1-hour skills coaching sessions
(+) Approximately 24 hours/week of independent study will be required
See also Unit timetable information