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PHCY431 Structured Practical Experiential Programme

Comprises two four-week pharmacy professional practice attachments. Students will be allocated to clinical teams or practices and be involved in the provision of defined professional activities

Paper title Structured Practical Experiential Programme
Paper code PHCY431
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.167
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (24 February 2023 - 29 October 2023) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,468.93
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Aynsley Peterson

Paper Structure

This paper outlines 2x four-week rotations.  Each rotation consists of a number of attachments where a student will be attached to a practitioner or team to learn about providing a number of pharmacy services.  The rotations will be linked to health science hubs (e.g. the three main campuses and related hubs and spokes).  A clinical tutor will be employed at each hub and students will spend 1 day per week back at the hub for group learning, reflective and debrief activities.

Teaching Arrangements
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Fieldwork

No textbooks required.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will:

Communication, Collaboration & Research

  • Use appropriate communication techniques to establish and maintain a collaborative and constructive relationship with people and colleagues
  • Modify 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 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 enquires effectively, gather appropriate information, applly knowledge of evidence-based literature/ resources, and interpret and critically appraise information to provide an individual answer

Pharmaceutical Literacy

  • Evaluate and recommend the suitability of a dosage form, route of administration, storage, and appropriate use with respect to therapeutic efficacy

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 to assist in developing a person-centred care plan
  • Document activities clearly, concisely, and accurately using appropriate medical terminology
  • 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

  • Identify and describe the role of te Tiriti o Waitangi in maintaining indigenous health rights for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in contributing to Māori health advancement
  • Reflect on their interaction with 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


  • 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
  • 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 experiences of the working environments of pharmacists

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Full Year (24 February 2023 - 29 October 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system