Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice

Units of study descriptions

PHAR7111 Applied Pharmacy Practice I

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Erica Sainsbury Session: Semester 1 Classes: Two 2-day seminar series for face-to-face teaching and learning, four moderated online discussion blocks, and continuous flexible delivery. Assessment: Satisfactory contribution to online discussion groups. Satisfactory mark in multiple choice exam. Attendance and satisfactory participation during small group tutorials and other seminar activities (100%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Department permission required for enrolment. Applied Pharmacy Practice I develops the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills acquired as a pharmacy graduate that form the basis of future practice. This unit of study uses multiple methods of delivery to explore the range of issues that are relevant to the day-to-day practice of pharmacy. The issues include: systematic approach to problem solving; therapeutics; evidence based practice; patient monitoring; symptomology; patient outcomes; methods of improving adherence; multiple medication management; pharmaceutical care; standards and competencies for pharmacy practice; community pharmacy practice; hospital pharmacy practice; ethics; legal aspects; multidisciplinary approach to healthcare; primary care; over- the-counter medicines; communication and counselling; public health; pharmaceutical calculations; risk management; dealing with difficult clients, staff situations and other healthcare practitioners. This unit of study will develop graduates' independence and life-long learning skills of communication, capacity for enquiry and research, critical thought and analysis, problem solving, teamwork, numeracy and effective use of information technology.

This unit of study comprises monthly case problems related to specific practice issues which will explore all the relevant professional issues for pharmacy practitioners. Moderated discussion forums in small groups will explore the relevant issues around the case problem each month. Face to face seminars will cover relevant issues including evidence based practice, competencies, framework for practice, public health policy, privacy issues, communication and counselling and specific aspects of clinical pharmacy. Emphasis will be given to problem-solving, communication and responding to symptoms. Scenarios where legal, social and workplace issues come into play will be included. The syllabus is orientated to issues that arise in the day-to-day practice of pharmacy. Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy graduates undertaking their pre-registration experience in community pharmacy will be exposed to issues relevant to hospital pharmacy, and vice versa. This unit of study will develop graduates' independence and life-long learning skills of communication, capacity for enquiry and research, critical thought and analysis, problem solving, teamwork, numeracy and effective use of information technology.
PHAR7112 Healthy Ageing Pharmacy Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Andrew McLachlan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Classes will delivered through on-line reading and discussions, case studies and practice based experiences. Assessment: On-line discussions, assignments and medication reviews (100%). Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

This unit of study focuses on understanding the role of pharmacists in medication management for older people. The course reading includes material from the following areas: demographics and epidemiology, physiological changes associated with ageing, common health problems in older people, health promotion and disease prevention (with emphasis on pharmacological interventions designed to reduce mortality and chronic disease), management of chronic disease, medication management in hospitals and the community, medication reviews, home visits and communication skills (including inter-professional communication).
PHAR7110 Fundamentals of Contemporary Practice

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Classes will delivered through on-line discussions, case studies and role plays. Prohibitions: PHAR7121, PHAR7111 Assessment: On-line quizzes, satisfactory participation in on-line discussions, assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study covers the principles of evidence-based medicine; quantitative and qualitative interpretation of research evidence; the application of pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in medication and dose selection and regimens; essential communication skills required to provide contemporary pharmacy services. This unit of study is a core unit for participants who are ineligible to enrol in PHAR7111 and PHAR7121.
PHAR7123 Diabetes Mellitus

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Ines Krass Session: Semester 1 Classes: Content will be provided through self-directed on line learning modules with associated cases and classes through on-line discussions. Assessment: Participation in on-line discussions, learning portfolio and assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study covers the physiology and pathophysiology of the regulation of glucose metabolism; aetiology, treatment and monitoring of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes including interpretation of relevant clinical and laboratory tests; evidence-based pharmacological and non-pharmacological management; management and prevention of co-morbidities, public health approaches to the prevention of diabetes, the role of the specialist diabetes pharmacist supporting self-management, education and medication management of patients.
PHAR7121 Applied Pharmacy Practice II

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Erica Sainsbury Session: Semester 2 Classes: Two 2-day seminars series for face-to-face teaching and learning, three moderated online discussion blocks, and continuous flexible delivery. Assessment: Satisfactory contribution to online discussion groups. Completion of forensic examination. Attendance and satisfactory participation during small group tutorials and other seminars activities. Satisfactory completion of portfolio and three competency assessments (100%). Mode of delivery: Distance education/intensive on campus
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Applied Pharmacy Practice II further develops the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills acquired as a pharmacy graduate that form the basis of future practice. This unit of study uses multiple methods of delivery to explore the range of issues that are relevant to the day-to-day practice of pharmacy. The issues include: systematic approach to problem solving; therapeutics; evidence based practice; patient monitoring; symptomology; patient outcomes; methods of improving adherence; multiple medication management; pharmaceutical care; standards and competencies for pharmacy practice; community pharmacy practice; hospital pharmacy practice; ethics; legal aspects; multidisciplinary approach to healthcare; primary care; over- the-counter medicines; communication and counselling; public health; pharmaceutical calculations; risk management; dealing with difficult clients, staff situations and other healthcare practitioners. This unit of study will develop graduates' independence and life-long learning skills of communication, capacity for enquiry and research, critical thought and analysis, problem solving, teamwork, numeracy and effective use of information technology.
PHAR7122 Mental Health

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Timothy Chen Session: Semester 2 Classes: Discussion forums, assignments and readings. Assessment: Online quizzes, satisfactory participation and contribution to discussion forums and completion of assignmentscase studies and participation in online discussions (100%). Mode of delivery: Online
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit of study will cover the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of the following common mental health problems: anxiety & obsessional disorders, depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders amongst other conditions. This unit of study will focus particularly on medication management issues in consumers with these conditions and the pharmacist's role in managing these consumers. It will also focus on the role of the pharmacist within the broader mental health care system in Australia.
PHAR7113 Cardiovascular and Renal

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Jonathan Penm Session: Semester 2 Classes: Classes will delivered through on-line discussions, case studies and role plays. Assessment: On-line quizzes, satisfactory participation in on-line discussions, assignments (100%). Mode of delivery: Online
This unit of study covers the physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular and renal systems; aetiology, treatment, management and monitoring of patients with renal (including acute and chronic renal failure) and cardiovascular disease (including hypertension, heart failure, coronary heart disease, lipid disorders); interpretation of relevant clinical and laboratory tests; pharmacological and non-pharmacological management; the role of the specialist cardiovascular/renal pharmacist in management and education of patients and other health care practitioners; public health approaches to the prevention of cardiovascular and renal disease; management and prevention of co-morbidities.