The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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.

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the role of pharmacy practice in public health and primary health care in Australia and globally.

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

3. Describe the availability of pharmaceuticals within Australia.

4. Describe the legislative (State and Australian Government) requirements for the production and supply of pharmaceutical products of adequate safety, quality and efficacy.

5. Describe the core principles of good communication in health care.

6. Discuss 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.

7. Develop a professional attitude suitable for the pharmacy profession, including preparedness, punctuality, and a professional appearance.


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.


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

Assumed knowledge

PHAR1201 Introduction to Formulation Sciences

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid Term Examination

Quiz: Calculation Assessment *

Practical Demonstration: Compounding and Dispensing Skills Assessment *

Formal Examination: Written exam

Professional Task: Placement Activities *

* 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:

  • Integrated Learning Session: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - You will not be able to undertake a placement unless you have attended the pre-placement briefing and completed the pre-placement requirements.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Quiz: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students are required to obtain at least 80% in the three calculation assessments to be deemed competent in this course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Includes 1 hr briefing session


Face to Face On Campus 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks