Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over-the-counter and complementary medicines. The need to develop and evaluate key performance indicators to evaluate the quality use of medicines through high standard pharmacy practice is an essential component of good pharmaceutical care. Experiential placement will develop clinical skills.

This course is a Compulsory Program component and must be passed in order to progress in the Master 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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop skills in the appropriate use of over the counter products and advice on non-drug treatment options

2. Develop advanced communication skills in relation to Pharmacy Practice.

3. Develop competency in dispensing, including patient counselling and extemporaneous dispensing

4. Develop skills in medication management with the aim of optimising health outcomes


1. The concept of minor illness and major disease and the use of OTC products, including complementary medicines

2. The use of OTC products for illnesses of the:

  • genitourinary tract
  • the nervous system
  • dermatological conditions including allergies

3. Women's Health issues

4. Dispensing skill development

5. Communication skills development

6. Medication management services

7. Visits to hospital and community pharmacies and health care units

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 PHAR6211.

Assumed knowledge

PHAR6211 Pharmacy Practice 4

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written formal examination *

Viva Voce: Oral/ OSCE examinations *

Professional Task: Dispensing practical assessment *

Professional Task: Assessment of competencies during placement by preceptor, placement workbook and reflective journal *

* 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.
  • 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.
  • Professional Task: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

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