Sociological underpinnings of professional practice, including cultural awareness, health/illness, concordance, internationalisation; professional areas of practice including comprehensive pharmaceutical care, specialisation, community, hospital and clinical pharmacy, provision of poisons information.
|Paper title||Professional Pharmacy Practice A|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$800.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,796.00|
- Limited to
- Admission from successful completion of second-year programme or approved graduate entry.
- Teaching staff
- Dr James Green, Kate Farquharson, John Fraser, Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund, Professor Pauline Norris, James Windle, Aynsley Peterson, Associate Professor Natalie Medlicott and Associate Professor June Tordoff
- Paper Structure
- Social Pharmacy
- Drug Information
- Dispensing Practical classes
- Internal 60%
- Final 40%
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories.
- Text books are not required for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics,
Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- The overall aim of this paper is to introduce the student to the professional practice
of pharmacy. The paper will help the student develop skills in the area of critical
thinking, communication and working with colleagues, communication and working with
members of the public, information retrieval, evaluation and dissemination and critical
appraisal of research proposals and reports. Specifically: by the end of this paper,
students should be able to:
- Understand the process of behaviour change, including interventions to improve the use of medicines on the individual and group level
- Discuss the factors that are important in influencing patient compliance and the ways in which community pharmacists can improve medication compliance
- Understand the importance of cultural understandings of health, illness and medicines and the use of traditional and alternative medicine
- Discuss the different roles and activities of community pharmacists and the factors that have led to the types of pharmacies found in different parts of the world
- Discuss issues in provision of healthcare and medicines in developing countries
- Understand the principles of medicine information, including searching and evaluating the literature
- Analyse information requests and provide valued and relevant advice on drug therapy
- Appreciate what is involved in the communication process and its implications for interactions with different types of people
- Have a greater awareness of self and others' communication through peer and tutor interaction, feedback and evaluation
- Understand strategies for dealing with difficult interactions, and attempts to use these to present complex information and deal with strong emotions
- Systematically approach dispensing procedures, including legality and safety of prescription, compounding, labelling, packaging, checking of extemporaneous preparation and communication with patients and prescribers