PHM405 Professional Practice 2 (16)

Professional Practice 2 is a Pharmacy Practice subject that further develops the scope of considerations necessary for all facets of appropriate  ethical, legal and professional conduct as a practicing pharmacist. Chronic disease state management and professional practice initiatives are key content in the subject. This is complemented by the provision of sound background knowledge on the use of complementary medicines, allowing the students to support safe and effective use of complementary and conventional medicines to achieve optimal patient outcomes. To scaffold this learning in complementary medicines learning will address evidence, quality of evidence, effective provision of medicines information and the ethical and professional role of the pharmacist in the supply or recommendation of complementary medicines or therapies. This subject therefore address the use and efficacy of complementary medicines and addresses known and potential interactions between conventional and complementary medicines.

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 (assessments of competency) and in completing the complementary medicines stream of the subject which are necessary to pass this subject.


Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM405. 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

Restricted to students in Bachelor of Pharmacy



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be abe 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
  • demonstrated ability to discuss with a wider audience the evidence based use of complementary medicines
  • demonstrated ability to analyse the practice environment to ethically incorporate appropriate complementary medicines into patient disease management


This subject will cover the following topics:

- the National competency standards for entry level pharmacists in Australia;
- the Professional Practice Standards for Australia
-the Law in Australia as applicable to, or impacting on, pharmacy practice
- World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Pharmacy Federation (FIP) guidelines, protocols or statements on the practice of pharmacy
- the use of computer software and pharmaceutical databases;
-Topics by body system covering neurological, endocrine,mental health; gastrointestinal, musculo-skeletal conditions; infectious diseases; emerging and re-emerging threats to health; harm minimisation including vaccination
- introduction to, and pharmaceutics of, complementary medicines;
- phytochemistry, biodistribution and chemovariation of plants used in complementary medicine;
- toxicity and bioactivity of plants used in complementary medicine;
- therapeutic applications of complementary medicine to self limiting medical conditions;
- known and potential interactions between conventional and complementary medicines;
- review of literature.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.