pha4pac practice




Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

Many factors in a person's life can affect their health and the way they approach their healthcare. An important element of pharmaceutical care is to take these factors and the person's level of health literacy into account when dealing with them as a patient. This requires pharmacists to change their approach to a patient accordingly. Students will learn about heath literacy, what factors can affect health and health care, global influences on healthcare and the communication skills to respond appropriately. Healthcare provisions will be examined in the local and global context with skills developed around health, emotional and cultural literacy to enable students to understand the range of sociological issues that may be encountered when practicing as a pharmacist. Topics covered include health and emotional literacy, conflict, ethics, privacy and consent, mental health, abuse, addiction, loss and grief, sexuality, global healthcare perspectives and cultural and religious diversity.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHA4PCA and must admitted in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course (SVPB or SHPB).

Co-requisites PHA4PCB - CO-ASSESSED

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Satisfactory placement is required to pass this subject (Hurdle). Students must have a current Police check and Working with Children check before attending placement.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPre-reading for each topic on LMSPrescribed..
ReadingsProfessional and therapeutic communicationPrescribedBirks, Chapman & Davis 2015Oxford University Press
ReadingsInclusive practice for health professionalsRecommendedDavis, Birks & Chapman 2015Oxford University Press
ReadingsMental health First Aid Manual, 3rd Ed.RecommendedKitchener, Jorm & Kelly 2014Mental Health First Aid Australia
ReadingsIndigenous Australians and healthRecommendedHampton & Toombs 2013Oxford University Press
ReadingsA behavioural approach to pharmacy practiceRecommendedGaud 2000Blackwell Science

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Reflect and evaluate own practice to develop strategies that continually improve skills in working with people, especially those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Reflection portfolio, workshop scenarios, seminars, placement

02. Explain the impact of emotional literacy on interpersonal relationships.

Reflection portfolio, workshop scenarios, seminars, oral assessment, placement

03. Critically evaluate the impact of different life events and experiences on individuals, families and groups and their effect on the health needs and pharmaceutical practice.

Workshop scenarios, seminars, oral assessment, pre-reading quiz, placement

04. Develop practice strategies to address health literacy needs that help people to manage their own health

Workshop scenarios, seminars, oral assessment, pre-reading quiz

05. Critically evaluate the role of pharmacists in the Australian Healthcare System and globally and impact of different models of healthcare delivery on pharmacy services and medicine supply and use

Seminars from expert speakers include cultural and religious diversity, with follow-up online reflection. Aged care facility placement provides opportunities to engage with community groups.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPene Wood

Class requirements

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 32 - 42
Two 1.5 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 41 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 41 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"And online self-directed learning as required"

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
Reflective portfolio (equiv. 2000 words)1) Guided reflection about placement experience (10%) 2) Reflection after interaction with a simulated patient (10%) 3) Online group discussion and reflection on allocated topics including cultural and religious diversity (10%)3001, 02, 03, 04
Weekly quiz based on pre-reading (equiv. 500 words)For weeks 2-11 there will be four multiple choice quiz questions on LMS based on the required pre-reading for the seminar topic. Each quiz is worth a total of 1.5% and to get the mark the students must get all four questions correct.1002, 03, 04
20 min Oral case scenario assessment (equiv. 1000 words)This oral assessment occurs in conjunction with the oral assessment for PHA4PCB but is marked separately. The assessment will involve two 10 minute role plays based on a clinical problem covered in PHA4PCB with a communication issue/component incorporated from the material covered in seminars and from the guided learning for PHA4PAC.4002, 03, 04
One Global Citizenship Poster and Presentation (equiv. 750-words)Pharmacy in a global context poster and presentation (5 mins per group member). Students explore how Australian Pharmacy sits within the role Pharmacy and Pharmacists play worldwide.2005
Pharmacy practice placementHurdle requirement of satisfactory completion of placement.01, 02, 03, 04