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
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 enrolled in Bachelor of Pharmacy course
Assumed Knowledge
Subject Relationships
Incompatable Subjects
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.
Workplace Learning
This subject contains a Workplace Learning component. Please contact the subject coordinator for further information.
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.