The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course is Part B of a multi-term sequence. Part A 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).

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Multi-term sequence

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.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the pathophysiology and management of a range of conditions 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 practice and develop clinical and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.

3. Provide advice and make recommendations for the appropriate use of both prescription and non-prescription products and advice on non-pharmacological treatment options in the management of the conditions encountered in practice.

4. Demonstrate advanced communication skills and develop competency in counselling clients and in communicating with other health professionals.

5. Apply the components and concepts of Public Health, holistic health and the core principles underpinning individual health-related behaviour.

6. Describe the role of Health Promotion in maintaining and improving the status of health as well as minimising illness for individual and population groups.

7. Demonstrate competency in ethical and legal clinical practice.

8. Demonstrate professionalism in the development, provision and management of pharmaceutical services across all areas of the pharmacy industry.

9. Discuss the role of health professions and their integration with the practice of pharmacy.

10. Discuss the practice of a pharmacist in healthcare and in the delivery of pharmaceutical care.

11. Explain the basic principles of workplace health and safety and explain the process of risk management potential or actual hazards in the work environment.

12. Display skills in self-directed learning to demonstrate professional competence.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Allow the student to apply and extend their communication skills in the management of clients with altered health states and those seeking advice on health related issues, such as public health and health promotion using both practice based and simulated environments.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The course will assist in the preparation of the student for profession 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.
  9. Using both simulated and practiced 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.
  10. The student will demonstrate and expand their knowledge and application of professional behaviour and recognise how it relates to the overall provision of pharmaceutical and general health care of the community.
  11. The areas of specialisation in the pharmacy profession will be discussed along with the trends emerging for the advancement of pharmaceutical services globally.

Assumed knowledge

PHAR2204 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1, PHAR3104 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 2 and PHAR3203 Clinical Pharmacotherapy 3

Assessment items

Professional Task: Medication Review and ePortfolio *

Viva Voce: Professional Practice Assessmen t(PPA) *

Quiz: In-class/online quizzes

Formal Examination: Written examination *

* 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: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: 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.

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 35 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


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

Compounding and Immunisation sessions


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks