PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1 (8)


This subject commences the detailed study of issues that underpin professional pharmacy practice in both a community and hospital setting. It will include extemporaneous dispensing and will relate those skills to the physicochemical principles studied in pharmaceutics. There will be a detailed study of the major dispensing and drug information software and databases. The subject will include a development of the communication, sociological and ethical issues that were introduced earlier, as well as a detailed examination of the regulatory, legislative and occupational health and safety framework within which Pharmacists must practise.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM215
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Pharmacy course
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be competent performing the techniques and calculations necessary to achieve safe and accurate extemporaneous dispensing
Understand the regulatory and legislative framework within which they can perform extemporaneous dispensing
Be competent in the use of dispensing software and drug information databases
Appreciate the sociological and ethical issues that impact on appropriate dispensing practice
Appreciate the significance of, and the techniques used in effective communication with, and counselling of, patients


The subject will cover the following topics:
The theory and practise of extemporaneous dispensing and related calculation processes. Use and evaluation of dispensing software. Use of online and CDROM databases to gather drug information. Legislation and labelling. Occupational health and safety. Storage and disposal of products. Ethical practice issues. Sociological issues that impact on the patient response to treatment. Communication and patient counselling.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.