Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 1

Description

Introduces the student to the profession of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist within health care delivery in Australia including the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist. Social determinants of health; rural, remote and Indigenous health issues are discussed in the context of the provision of pharmaceutical care delivery. Globalisation and cultural concepts are also introduced. The course develops these concepts in the context of the National Medicines Policy, and introduces dosage form design and the calculations required in the practice of pharmacy.

The course considers the context of pharmacy practice and describes the legislative, ethical and professional standards and national policy programs framework in which the profession of pharmacy operates. The legislation relating to the practice of pharmacy, drug manufacture and distribution will be discussed. Communication skill is an important competency for pharmacists and this course will examine ways of effective communication with consumers and other health professionals. The course teaches extemporaneous dispensing, pharmaceutical calculations and counselling required in the practice of pharmacy. The fundamentals of drug information and veterinary pharmacy are introduced.

This course also introduces basic concepts in Pharmaceutics including discussion on dosage form design and routes of administration.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and explain the role of pharmacy practice in the importance of public health in primary health care in Australia and globally.

2. Perform pharmaceutical calculations correctly and develop competency in the preparation of extemporaneous pharmaceutical products and dispensing.

3. Describe the concepts of dosage form design and their preparation and develop an understanding of the common routes of administration.

4. Understand and describe the principles of the National Medicines Policy.

5. Describe the distribution of pharmaceuticals within Australia.

6. Understand the legislative (State and Australian Government) requirements for the production and distribution of pharmaceutical products of adequate safety, quality and efficacy.

7. Understand the core principles of good communication and display competency in counselling.

8. Develop a professional ethos for the provision of high standard pharmaceutical services.

9. Acquire the skills to develop quality assurance programs in pharmacy practice.

10. Understand the basic concepts around social determinants of health; rural and remote pharmacy and cultural awareness, including an introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Content

  1. The history of pharmacy.
  2. The Australian healthcare system, including cultural awareness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health care.
  3. The National Medicines Policy and professional standards; Quality assurance in Pharmacy Practice.
  4. Drug distribution and drug manufacture in Australia including the concepts of quality control and standards.
  5. Pharmaceutical products and the common dosage forms and routes of administration.
  6. Rights and responsibilities of pharmacists.
  7. Pharmaceutical calculations and extemporaneous dispensing techniques.
  8. The Codes of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Clinical Practice.
  9. The drug evaluation process and the Therapeutic Goods Act.
  10. The Pharmacy Act and Regulations, the Poisons Act and Regulations and the National Health Act and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
  11. Introduction to professionalism and professional standards.
  12. Introduction to ethics in clinical practice and research.
  13. The requirements for effective communication and influencing factors.
  14. The concept of Public Health and the role of the pharmacist.
  15. Pharmaceutical service delivery into Rural and Remote locations within Australia.
  16. Introduction to veterinarian medicine.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended HSC courses as per the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program documentation. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the University year.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: EXPERIENCE BASED LEARNING: Preceptor competency assessment/ Work Integrated Learning (WIL) *

Quiz: Calculations assessment *

Practical Demonstration: Peer assessment and self-assessment

Practical Demonstration: Extemporaneous Dispensing Examinations *

Quiz: Attendance and participation in Clinical Skills sessions *

Formal Examination: Written exam

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course.
  • Practical: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their placement workbook, placement journal and preceptor appraisals.
  • Quiz: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must demonstrate competency in pharmaceutical calculations by achieving an overall score of at least 80% in a combined mark for the calculation quizzes.
  • Practical Demonstration: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve an overall mark of at least 60% in a combination of the extemporaneous dispensing examinations to be deemed competent in compounding and dispensing.
  • Quiz: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their placement workbook, placement journal and preceptor appraisals.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. - WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.
  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - Students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement.

Contact Hours

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 30 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Practical

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks