Pharmacy Practice 4


Considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over-the-counter medicines and complementary medicines; Drug addiction and misuse; Disease management to achieve optimal health outcomes; Dispensing and counselling techniques; and 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.



  • Trimester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Develop knowledge and skills in the appropriate use of over-the-counter products;

2. Understand the issues of the drug addiction and factors which impact on the intentional misuse of medicines;

3. Further develop skills on medication management with the aim of optimising health outcomes

4. Develop an appreciation with the use of Complementary and Alternate Medicines.


  1. The concept of minor illness and major disease and the use of OTC products
  2. The use of OTC products for illnesses of the Musculoskeletal system, minor infestation of the body and the gastrointestinal tract
  3. Drug addiction and intentional misuse of medicines-harm-minimisation
  4. Dispensing skill development, including extemporaneous dispensing and counselling techniques
  5. Complementary and Alternate Medicines
  6. Visits to community pharmacies and health care units involved in the management of people with drug addictions.

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 PHAR6131.

Assumed Knowledge

PHAR6007 Pharmacy Practice 3 or PHAR6131 Pharmacy Practice 3

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Written formal examination *

Viva Voce: Oral/ OSCE examinations assessing verbal communication competency and cognitive and technical skills *

Practical Demonstration: Dispensing Practicals *

Professional Task: Placement Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must satisfactorily complete the placement.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Viva Voce: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

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 - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact Hours



Face to Face Off Campus 35 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks


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


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term

1 hour per week for 10 weeks and 2 hours per week for 2 weeks