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The Faculty of Pharmacy to offer Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines


4 January 2017


The Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney will be offering a Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines from 2018. The course was specifically developed for practising pharmacists and will equip them with the relevant skills and knowledge to research and keep abreast of developments in the evidence base with respect to the efficacy and safety of complementary medicines.


The Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines will provide practising pharmacists with the ability to appropriately advise and counsel consumers about complementary medicines and their efficacy and safety, including interactions with other medicines.


"The Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney is very pleased to be able to offer this qualification to the pharmacy profession from 2018", said the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Iqbal Ramzan. "An estimated 53 per cent of complementary medicines products purchased in Australia are purchased from pharmacies. Consumers trust and expect pharmacists to be able to provide evidence-based advice on complementary medicines, however we have consistently received feedback from our alumni and members of the profession that they would like further training in complementary medicines," he added.


The Faculty of Pharmacy has already responded to this need with the recent integration of evidence-based complementary medicine education into the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Pharmacy curricula.


The Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Complementary Medicines consists of four subjects, which can be completed full-time in one semester or part-time over two or more semesters. The majority of the course will be delivered online and will include a capstone project. Further information on the course will be available from the Faculty of Pharmacy in mid 2017.