PHM490 Hospital and Rural Pharmacy Practice (16)


The aim of this subject is prepare students for the potential roles that they may undertake in both hospital and rural pharmacy settings.  The subject has two broad areas of focus:
  • Clinical Pharmacy - clinical pharmacy encompasses the role of a pharmacist in acute care or hospital settings.  In this role they work as part of a health care team to assess patient needs and provide therapeutic recommendations, monitor patient responses and provide medicines information. In this component of the subject students will demonstrate and integrate their knowledge of therapeutics, disease processes and  pharmaceutic products in the care of patients in clinical settings. The challenges of providing clinical services within rural settings is also examined..
  • Rural and Remote Health -  The subject explores the issues that affect rural healthcare providers allowing students to gain an understanding of the complexities and challenges that are involved in rural practice. Issues specific to rural health are examined and include Indigenous health, mental  health and the interaction of the environment towards patient health. Zoonotic disease states that may affect the rural patients are addressed. To achieve this the use of evidence based models of health care are examined within the rural setting from both sociological and clinical evidence based perspectives.
As part of this subject student will complete 4 weeks of placement.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM490
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:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) courses
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
PHM315 and BMS310 and BMS340PHM491 PHM492

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to synthesise and demonstrate knowledge of issues that affect rural and remote health;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding on the factors that impact on mental health issues in rural and remote areas
  • be able to apply the principles of research in the clinical hospital practice settings
  • be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge on the issues impacting on the multicultural population of rural and remote Australia
  • be able to utilise and assess information from evidence-based medicine studies;
  • be able to practice to required standards across pharmacy practice settings in rural practice.
  • be able to apply the principles of clinical pharmacy within hospital settings


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1) Clinical pharmacy in hospital settings
  • a) Clinical pharmacy case studies
  • b) Principles of evidence based medicine
  • c) Principles of aseptic and cytotoxic preparation
  • d) Drug usage evaluation
  • e) Medication reconcilliation
  • f) Clinical medication management reviews
  • 2) Rural and remote health
  • a) Seeking multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • b) The opportunities provided by the use of services to communities by use of tele-pharmacy, tele-medicine
  • c) The influence of the rural environment and animals on health
  • d) Challenges for the rural and remote health workforce
  • 3) Rural mental health issues
  • a) Farm mental health issues and relationships to suicide, depression, relational violence
  • b) Mental health issues for mining communities within rural and remote areas
  • c) Mental health issues for rural healthcare providers
  • 4) Cultural Issues within remote and rural areas
  • a) Indigenous health issues
  • b) Migrant health and refugee health issues with rural areas
  • 5) There will be an externship in this subject in which the students will undertake 140 hours of work experience. 70 hours of which will be in a rural or remote site and 70 hours within a clinical hospital setting.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 10 days duration. Students are required to participate actively in  four weeks of placement with a minimum of 2 weeks at any one site.  One placement is to be undertaken within a hospital setting, providing students with an insight into the operation and tasks that are carried out daily within the public health system. This placement is only undertaken in the final year of the pharmacy course due to students needing to obtain the skills in pharmacology and therapeutics prior to placement to ensure patient medication safety is maintained throughout this activity.   The second placement is to be undertaken at a rural site which must be located within a PHARIA 2-6 setting (a pharmacy specific measure of general remoteness, ranging from accessible to very remote). The aim of this placement is to provide an insight into the different operations that exist between both Rural and Regional regions compared to Metropolitan  areas. Tasks are provided for the students to undertake during both placements which help cement the clinical knowledge and judgement skills that they have learnt  with the aim of promoting the quality use of medication within all practice settings and ultimately improving patient health outcomes.  Students are responsible to cover the costs of their uniform, accomodation and travel whilst undertaking both placements


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.