Introductory Professional Practice is a broad introduction to the discipline of pharmacy, the roles that pharmacists play in health care encompassing the ideas, issues, skills and knowledge base required of a professional pharmacist. It introduces students to concepts that underpin disease state management, including those which are managed directly by the pharmacist as a primary care provider, together with foundational 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 in detail and students are introduced to technical skills used in pharmacy such as dispensing, medicines information and communication. Lectures are supported by online material, tutorial and workshop that allow students to practice and apply skills and knowledge. Themes of evidence based practice, drug information, ethics, clinical reasoning and communication skills run throughout. Learning gained in this unit prepares students for clinical placements and later units of study.
1x2hr lecture per week, 1x2hr tutorial per week 6x3hr workshops during semester.
Tutorial and workshop participation (20%), group presentation (20%), interprofessional workshop reflective piece (5%), oral communication (15%), 1.5hr final written exam (30%), Medicines Information Quiz (10%), MASUS assignment (S/U), Dispensing Competence (S/U)
Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary Handbook - Ed 24 (or the latest edition), Australian Medicines Handbook - 2019 (or the latest edition).
3cp of Statistics, 12cp of Pharmacology, 12cp of Physiology.