Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over the counter medicines and the management of minor illnesses. Critical appraisal of literature and evidence based medicine approaches are introduced in this course to help in the provision of drug information to health professionals. Immunisation programs and their application in population health are discussed. Pharmaceutical dispensing techniques, including advanced extemporaneous manufacturing processes are further developed in this course. Placements to pharmacies in the community to gain an insight to the practice of pharmacy.

Programs generally have defined periods for their professional education placements. These are based on negotiations between health providers and the University. Students are asked to note however, that placements may occur at any time during the calendar year and not just within defined placement periods or university terms. The timing of your placement will depend largely on the availability of placement opportunities within health services sector. Students MUST NOT organise their own placements without prior approval by the Program Convenor.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 3 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Develop skills to provide advice for the proper use of over-the-counter (OTC) products;

2. Understand the role of immunisation programs in public health and to be able to counsel consumers about the benefits and risks of immunisation;

3. Display competency in the manufacture of extemporaneous pharmaceutical products, pharmaceutical calculations, dispensing skills and counselling;

4. Develop an understanding of drug information resources and their application in pharmacy;

5. Gain an understanding of the critical appraisal of literature and its use in the quality use of medicines and evidence based practice.


  1. The concept of minor illness and major disease and the use of OTC products
  2. The use of OTC products for respiratory tract conditions
  3. Medicines in pregnancy and lactation
  4. Vaccination - products, schedules and counselling issues
  5. Principles of wound management
  6. Dispensing and counselling skill development
  7. Drug information resources and their use
  8. Critical appraisal skills
  9. Application and interpretation of basic statistical techniques
  10. Visits to community pharmacies.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHAR6121. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - successful completion of or concurrent enrolment in PHAR6132

Assumed knowledge

PHAR6004 Pharmacy Practice 2 or PHAR6121 Pharmacy Practice 2

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written formal examination

In Term Test: Individual Oral/ OSCE examination

Practical Demonstration: dispensing practical assessments

In Term Test: Calculation test

Professional Task: Assessment of competencies during community placement by preceptor

Presentation: Asthma Education Presentaion

Compulsory Requirements

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

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
  • Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.