Pharmacy Intern Training A is designed to be undertaken by pharmacy interns undertaking supervised professional practice while working towards general registration as a pharmacist, and is intended to complement the learning which occurs in the workplace. It further develops the technical, clinical, personal and professional skills gained during the completion of an initial Pharmacy degree 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; developing professional communication skills with patients, employees and other health care practitioners. This unit of study comprises monthly case problems related to specific practice issues which explore relevant professional issues for pharmacy practitioners. Moderated discussion forums in small groups explore the relevant issues around the case problem each month. Face to face seminars offer opportunities to refine expertise in evidence based practice, professional competencies, communication and counselling and specific aspects of ethical, legal and clinical pharmacy. Emphasis is given to problem-solving, communication and responding to symptoms. Scenarios where legal, social and workplace issues come into play are included. The syllabus is orientated to issues that arise in the day-to-day practice of pharmacy and to the requirements for general registration as a pharmacist in Australia. Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy graduates undertaking their intern 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.
Two 2-day seminar series for face-to-face teaching and learning, four moderated online discussion blocks, and continuous self-directed learning.
Satisfactory completion of learning portfolio activities, intern competencies assessments and continuing professional development requirements. Satisfactory contribution to online discussion groups. Satisfactory mark in multiple choice quiz. Attendance and satisfactory participation during small group tutorials and other seminar activities (100%).
Current provisional pharmacist registration is a requirement of the unit, together with employment in a workplace approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.