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    This paper introduces holistic care and self-directed learning and is the capstone to the degree. In this paper students will learn and undertake professional activities that are performed by pharmacists.

    About this paper

    Paper title Applied Pharmacotherapy and Patient Care
    Subject Pharmacy
    EFTS 0.458
    Points 55 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $4,141.24
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to

    Dr Carla Dillon

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinators: Dr Carla Dillon

    Paper Structure
    • Lectures
    • Workshops
    • Skills labs
    • Marae or Kura Visit
    • IPE Session

    Rutter P, Newby D. Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment ANZ. Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier Australia.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully compete this paper will:

    Communication, Collaboration & Research

    • Use appropriate communication techniques to establish and maintain a collaborative and constructive relationship with people and colleagues
    • Modify their own communication based on feedback
    • Communicate clinical information and expert scientific knowledge effectively to different audiences
    • Use communication technology effectively
    • Work collaboratively with persons and intra- and inter-professional teams to provide safe, effective and efficient health care
    • Create an environment that is appropriate for consultations
    • Reflect on how social/cultural factors related to oneself and others impact on communication
    • Demonstrate competence and confidence in utilising te reo Māori with Māori, whānau, community and identify its role in Māori health advancement
    • Understand what it means to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds in a culturally competent manner
    • Receive enquiries effectively, gather appropriate information, apply knowledge of evidence-based literature/ resources, interpret and critically appraise information to provide an individual answer

    Pharmaceutical Literacy

    • Apply the quality assurance processes in drug manufacture, distribution and dispensing
    • Interpret concepts of quantitative analysis for analytical pharmaceutics and its application
    • Interpret and predict how the physical and chemical properties of a drug may influence drug effects and pharmacokinetics
    • Understand the pharmacological actions and metabolic fate associated with drug molecules and their functional groups
    • Prepare a dosage form / product in an appropriate environment
    • Evaluate and recommend the suitability of a dosage form, route of administration, storage, and appropriate use with respect to therapeutic efficacy
    • Use appropriate pharmaceutical calculations

    Provision of Care

    • Consult with a person / whānau to collect demographic, medicine clinical histories, and to understand their preferences, goals, and practical realities of their life assist in developing a person-centred care plan
    • Document activities clearly, concisely, and accurately using appropriate medical terminology
    • Describe and integrate the principles of physiology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacotherapy in relation to disease control
    • Apply knowledge of pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics to the time-course of drug effects in order to optimise person outcomes
    • Determine factors that affect an individual’s response and dose requirements
    • Develop and implement a person-centred care plan
    • Collaborate with a person/ whānau to optimise adherence to treatment which may include lifestyle / health-behaviour change
    • Perform relevant clinical procedures and uses these to make appropriate recommendations
    • Synthesise and integrate information to formulate differential diagnoses, triage and treatment care plan for ailments within pharmacists’ scope of practice

    Population Health

    • Describe the importance of cultural understandings of health, illness and medicines, cultural practises, and the use of traditional and alternative medicine
    • Reflect on their interaction Māori patients and whānau utilising Māori health models/concepts/approaches in tandem with appropriate clinical models, in order to support Māori health advancement
    • Describe the importance of cultural understandings of health, illness and medicines, cultural practises, and the use of traditional and alternative medicine
    • Recognise aspects of peoples’ experiences of the healthcare system and the impact of illness on people, carers and whānau
    • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate health initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of the community
    • Understand, appreciate, and account for the use of herbal, complementary and traditional medicines in the population


    • Recognise, explain and demonstrate ethical principles and values underpinning the profession
    • Maintain an individual’s rights to confidentiality, privacy and autonomy
    • Demonstrate professional integrity through appropriate professional behaviour
    • Examine pharmacy as a profession and the position of trust in which it is held
    • Recognise, describe and comply with legislation and other regulations that are relevant to pharmacy
    • Dispense medicines in accordance with legal requirements, professional responsibilities and safety of the person
    • Recognise conditions under which pharmacists can administer medicines
    • Describe quality assurance and improvement programs that relate to pharmacy practice
    • Describe management and leadership skills to deliver safe and effective practise
    • Describe human resource processes including workload management, and staff training, development, and evaluation
    • Describe the place of medicines and the pharmacist within the health system


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 12
    Monday 10:00-10:50 15-16, 19-20, 32, 37-38
    Monday 10:00-11:50 9
    Monday 11:00-11:50 10-11, 18, 20, 29-35, 37-40, 42
    Monday 12:00-12:50 9-10
    Monday 13:00-13:50 29, 32-33, 37, 41
    Monday 14:00-14:50 10
    Monday 14:00-15:50 13
    Monday 15:00-15:50 9
    B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9, 12, 21
    Tuesday 13:00-13:50 13, 15
    C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 16
    Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 10
    E1 Friday 12:00-12:50 10
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