Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over the counter medicines and complementary medicines. The course consolidates the principles of medication management and provides opportunities for a number of experiential placements which further develops the clinical and practice competencies of the student.

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 3 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop skills in the proper use of over the counter products, and advice on non-drug treatment options in Pharmacy Practice.

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

3. Further develop skills on medication management with the aim of optimising health outcomes.

4. Develop competency in dispensing including patient counselling and extemporaneous dispensing.

5. Develop an understanding of health professions and their integration with the practice of pharmacy.


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 treatment of:

  • ophthalmic disorders such as conjuctivitis, blepharitis, dry eyes
  • ear conditions

3. Dispensing skill development, including extemporaneous dispensing and patient counselling

4. Clinical skills development in Medication Management

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

6. Nutraceuticals.

7. Management of wounds.

8. Management of continence.

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 PHAR6221. Pre-requisite or Co-requisite - successful completion of or concurrent enrolment in PHAR6232 and PHAR6233

Assumed knowledge

PHAR6221 Pharmacy Practice 5

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Written formal examination *

In Term Test: Dispensing practical examination *

Viva Voce: Oral/ OSCE examinations *

Presentation: Assessment of competencies during community placement *

Report: Medical Review report *

* 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:

  • Report: 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. - Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and reflective journal during this course; and students must satisfactorily complete the placement competencies to obtain a passing grading or higher in this course
  • Viva Voce: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must complete each Oral/OSCE examination and achieve a passing grade or higher for the combined mark of the Oral/OSCE examinations.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: 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.