PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy (8)

An introduction to the pharmacy profession and the wide ranging roles and responsibilities of the pharmacist in the Australian health care system and as part of the health care team, based on an understanding of historical developments. Defines pharmacy practice and registration, and the professional code of ethics. Introduces legal, ethical, behavioural and scientific considerations when dispensing medications. Presents a theoretical framework on which to develop effective written and oral communication skills.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to appreciate the various roles of pharmacists from an historical and current viewpoint;
  • recognise the skills required to effectively communicate with patient/clients and with peers and other health professionals;
  • understand the influence of state of health on client/patient compliance;
  • understand the implications of the various legalisations associated with pharmacy practice;
  • recognise the ethical issues of pharmacy practice;
  • find the appropriate sources of and avenues for obtaining pharmaceutical information; and
  • identify the minimum requirements for prescriptions and how to interpret them.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The syllabus will cover the following topics: * pharmacy registration and historical developments in pharmacy * the pharmacy workforce; retail, community, hospital, industrial pharmacists * the role of the pharmacist in the health care team and as a primary health care provider * introduction to legislation: Acts, Regulations and Schedules. The Pharmacy Act, Poisons Act, Misuse of Drugs Act, national Health Act, Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits, Therapeutic Goods Act, Medical Act, Veterinary Surgeons Act and Dentists Act; * sources to drug information: MIMS, pharmacopoeia, world wide web (WWW). * using libraries: classification systems, electronic searching. * the culture and ethos of pharmacy and the professional code of conduct; * prescription requirements: types, language, measures, patient data and profiles. * Theoretical basis for human behaviour: development, conditioning, learning, motivation, perception, ability, personality, stress. * written and oral communication skills: assignment and report writing; seminar presentation; * factors influenced by state of health.

Workplace Learning

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


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.