No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2016

PHM407 Professional Pharmacy Practice (16)


This subject falls within the pharmacy discipline known as Pharmacy Practice which is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and peak pharmacy bodies within Australia and globally as being concerned with the roles of pharmacists, including expanding and developing roles, and the skills, knowledge and behaviours consistent with those roles. Professional Pharmacy Practice  provides learning opportunities for development of the necessary skills and abilities required of all practising pharmacists in Australia and for the development of the appropriate professional identity and philosophy. Chronic disease state management and professional practice initiatives are key content in this subject.  Students studying this subject are assumed to have completed the first three years of the standard enrolment pattern as this knowledge is a critical success factor in achieving professional milestones which are necessary to pass this subject.

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Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details prior to contacting their course coordinator: PHM407
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
PHM315PHM401 PHM405

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to practise legally and to accepted standards
  • be able to deliver quality and safe patient-centred care to the standard required of a graduate
  • be able to identify, analyse and work effectively to solve practice-relevant issues
  • be able to constructively collaborate with others and manage conflict
  • be able to reflect on the role, practice and professional identity of the pharmacist to develop and maintain competence for current and future practice
  • be able to participate in and develop processes to provide a safe and secure workplace by managing pharmacy resources
  • be able to review patient documentation for safety and appropriateness and supply medicines accordingly
  • be able to deliver primary and preventative health care to the standard required of a graduate
  • be able to research, critically analyse and synthesise information appropriate for the audience
  • be able to engage in the self directed evaluation of information and issues from various sources and articulate the decision-making process
  • be able to communicate effectively and professionally with stakeholders and deliver considered and clear professional decisions, information or opinions
  • be able to research and review complementary medicines for patient utility and safety
  • be able to demonstrate ability to analyse the practice environment to ethically incorporate appropriate complementary medicines into patient disease management


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • chronic disease state management; pharmacist professional services; ethical or legal dilemmas concentrating on the following body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, renal, neurological; endocrine; mental health; gastrointestinal; musculo-skeletal conditions; infectious diseases; emerging and re-emerging threats to health; harm minimisation including vaccination plus some enabling topics such as the influence of age and gender on disease states and management
  • In addition the application of State and Federal Acts and Regulations relevant to pharmacy; professional written and verbal communication skills; patient/client assessment, patient education; maintenance of patient/client records, informed consent and confidentiality; and computerised dispensing practice will be addressed.


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.