Introductory Professional Practice is a broad introduction to the discipline of pharmacy, the roles that pharmacists play in health care and the ideas, issues, skills and knowledge base required of a professional pharmacist. This unit of study introduces students to concepts that underpin disease states management, including those which are managed directly by the pharmacist as a primary care provider, together with foundational communication skills and knowledge which equip students for clinical decision-making and problem-solving. The place of pharmacy within the Australian health care system is explored and basic principles of interprofessional learning are also included. In addition, students will be introduced to technical skills used in pharmacy such as dispensing and compounding. Lectures are supported by online material, tutorial and laboratory classes, which allow students to practice and apply skills and knowledge. Themes of evidence based practice, drug information, ethics, clinical reasoning and intervention and communication skills run throughout. Learning gained in this unit prepares students for clinical placements and later units of study, which will build on both the skills and clinical topics covered in this unit.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week
MASUS assignment (S/U), tutorial and workshop participation (20%), group presentation (10%), interprofessional workshop reflective piece (5%), final oral exam (30%), 1.5hr final written exam (35%). Satisfactory performance in the Readiness to Practice quiz for experiential placement.
Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary Handbook - Ed 23 (or the latest edition) Australian Medicines Handbook (latest edition)
3 credit points of Statistics, 12 credit points of Pharmacology, 12 credit points of Physiology.