Pharmacy - more than just white coats
Pharmacists are one of the most accessible of the health professionals. They work closely with patients to assist them with managing their medicines as well as promoting health and improving quality of life.
Ross Cairns (pictured), part owner of Rachel Mulley’s Chemmart Pharmacy in Raymond Terrace was one of the first graduates of the University of Newcastle’s Master of Pharmacy program and is a good example of how satisfying a career in pharmacy can be.
Ross has given advice on everything from rashes to open wounds and has a close working relationship with the local GP should he need to refer.
“Part of what I do is making sure the medications are appropriate and safe, but we’re often the first place people come to when they have a health concern, especially if they’re not sure if they need to see a doctor. I think it’s important that people feel that they are heard immediately when they become concerned about their health.”
“Talking to the customers and giving them health advice is an aspect of the job I really enjoy,” said Ross. “The old days of the pharmacist up the back of the shop in the white coat are a thing of the past. Now we aim to be a visible part of the community.”
While pharmacy is not offered as an undergraduate program, the Masters of Pharmacy is intended to build on the knowledge base gained from previous undergraduate coursework studies such as the Bachelor as Biomedical Science degree.
The University of Newcastle, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy and its Master of Pharmacy Program are accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council Inc (APC).
Find out more about our Masters of Pharmacy degree.