This unit of study is a continuation of Pharmacy Practice A and a preparatory course for PHAR5510 Pharmacy Practice C. A number of therapeutics topics will be covered in problem-based learning and workshop formats. Practice-based case-study tutorials will be supplemented with relevant therapeutics lectures and other learning resources. Students will explore the role of the pharmacist in advising on primary and self care, performing clinical interventions, conducting medication reviews, oral and written communication skills with consumers and other healthcare professionals; monitoring therapeutic outcomes and participating in therapeutic decision making within these therapeutic areas. This unit of study will facilitate students to gain in-depth knowledge about the pharmacotherapy of disease states and delivery of cognitive pharmacy services in practice through both educational lectures and self-directed learning techniques. Themes such as evidence based practice, pharmacoepidemiology, drug information including the use of Consumer Medicine Information statements [CMI], medication safety, cognitive pharmacy services, ethics and communication skills will be incorporated throughout the unit of study. Pharmacy management, human resources and career building are also covered in this unit of study. Students will also be provided with training designed to foster development of professional communication skills with both consumers and other healthcare providers in role play methods aiming to develop students' competencies in communication, interviewing skills and clinical decision making.
3 x lectures/wk and 2 x 2hr tutorials/wk
Tutorial participation and contribution (10%), written medication review report (10%), mid-semester exam (20%), final exam (60%)
Therapeutic Guidelines, Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, North Melbourne, Vic. (latest edition) Australian Medicines Handbook, Rossi S (latest edition) Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (latest edition), Walker R, Whittlesea C (latest edition) Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook ISBN Number: 9780646570198
PCOL5001 and PHAR5513 and PHAR5515 and PHAR5516 and PHAR5517 and PHAR5518.