Introductory Professional Practice is a broad introduction to the discipline of pharmacy, the roles that pharmacists play in health care and ideas, issues, skills and knowledge base required of a professional pharmacist. This unit of study introduces students to concepts that underpin disease states management, including those which are managed directly by the pharmacist as a primary care provider, together with foundational skills and knowledge which equip students for clinical decision-making and problem-solving. The place of pharmacy within the Australian health care system is explored, and basic principles of management are also included. In addition, students will be introduced to technical skills used in pharmacy such as dispensing and compounding. Lectures are supported by online material, tutorial and laboratory classes, which allow students to practice and apply skills and knowledge. Themes of evidence based practice, drug information, ethics, clinical reasoning and intervention and communication skills run throughout. Learning gained in this unit prepares students for clinical placements and later units of study, which will build on both the skills and clinical topics covered in this unit.
2 x lecs/week, 1 x 2hr tutorial/week
MASUS Assignment (Satisfactory(S)/Unsatisfactory(U)), tutorial and workshop participation (15%), group presentation (15%), Hand hygiene certificate (S/U), Interprofessional Workshop Reflective Piece (5%), Final Practical Exam (35%), Final Written Exam (30%). Satisfactory performance in the Readiness to Practice quiz for Experiential Placement.
Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook: The everyday guide to pharmacy practice - Edition 23 (or the latest edition) and Australian Medicines Handbook (latest edition)
3 credit points of Statistics, 6 credit points of Human Biology, 12 credit points of Pharmacology, 12 credit points of Physiology. Students who have not completed up to 12 credit points of pre-requisite subjects are strongly advised to take the corresponding Bridging Course offered in February or July and as a distance course at other times of the year.