This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.
This course considers all aspects of advanced clinical pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over the counter medicines and complementary medicines. It uses the knowledge skills and attributes that the students have gained in the previous courses studied within the pharmacy program, including the basic sciences, principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, forensics, public health and health promotion to prepare the students for transitioning into the profession. The course consolidates the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and medication management by providing opportunities for a number of experiential placements in both community pharmacy and in the clinical hospital setting, which further develops the clinical and practice competencies of the student. Concepts around social determinants of health and cultural health are built upon from previous studies.
The course uses a case based approach to discuss the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific concepts covered in this course include the age spectrum focusing on paediatrics and geriatrics and the course will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of paediatric diseases and gerontology.
This course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the pathophysiology and management of a range of conditions encountered in a pharmacy across the age spectrum including paediatric and geriatric clients and develop advanced skills in medication management with the aim of optimising health outcomes.
2. Apply therapeutic knowledge, skills and attributes to describe the quality use of medicines' issues surrounding therapeutic agents in the treatment of a range of conditions encountered in a pharmacy and develop clinical and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.
3. Provide advice and make recommendations for the appropriate use of non-prescription products and non-pharmacological treatment options in the management of the conditions encountered in a pharmacy.
4. Demonstrate advanced communication skills in counselling clients.
5. Display competency in ethical and legal clinical practice.
6. Discuss the day to day practice of a pharmacist in the workplace.
7. Explain the basic principles of workplace health and safety and explain the process of risk management to manage potential or actual hazards in the work environment.
- The course will provide experience in developing advanced clinical skills across the age spectrum using a number of clinical placement opportunities, including work integrated learning opportunities and learning through simulated environments. The course will include placements within hospital and community pharmacies.
- This course will assimilate and integrate knowledge, skills and attributes of basic sciences, principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, forensics, public health and health promotion to prepare the students for transitioning into the profession.
- Use clinical cases studies to allow the student to demonstrate their advanced knowledge of clinical pharmacotherapy and pharmacy practice in the management of altered health states of clients.
- Advanced application of the concept of minor illness and major diseases and the use of prescription and non-prescription products, including Complementary and Alternate Medicines; in the management of altered health states.
- Allow the student to apply and extend their communication skills in the management of clients with altered heath states and those seeking advice on health related issues, such as public health and health promotion using both practice based and simulated environments.
- The student will be exposed to cases that allow them to develop and apply advanced knowledge, skills and attributes to culturally diverse populations, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples and other cultures in Australia.
- The students will apply their knowledge, skills and attributes of quality use of medicines and pharmacoeconomic principles for the provision of pharmaceutical care globally and note the differences and similarities of the Australian Health Care system.
- The course will assist in the preparation of the student for professional practice and will require the student to demonstrate and apply their knowledge of work place standards and regulations and understand the concept of risk management.
- Using both simulated and practice based environments, the student will develop advanced skills in communications with other health professions and develop an appreciation on the scope of practice of the different professions that contribute to the overall wellness of a community, including local, state and federal governments, emergency services, education, law and health.
- The student will demonstrate and expand their knowledge and application of professional behavior and recognise how it relates to the overall provision of pharmaceutical and general health care of the community.
- The areas of specialisation in the pharmacy profession will be discussed along with the trends emerging for the advancement of pharmaceutical services globally.
To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed all 3000 level courses within the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)  program and be active in this program.
PHAR2204 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1, PHAR3104 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2 and PHAR3203 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 3
Presentation: Placement Presentation and submission of ePortfolio *
Viva Voce: In semester Professional Practice Assessment *
Viva Voce: End of semester Professional Practice Assessment *
In Term Test: In class quizzes
Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activities *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
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. - Students must complete the placement
- Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Viva Voce: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
Integrated Learning Session
Face to Face Off Campus 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks
Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks
In term assessment
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks
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