Credit points: 15

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, factors that 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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJason Buccheri

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesTwo one-hour weekly lecturesOne two-hour weekly workshopOne five-hour aged-care facility placement One face-to-face simulated patient activity

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeThere is an expectation that students completing this subject have high level writing and speaking skills.

Learning resources

Mental health First Aid Manual

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMHFA Australia



PublisherMental Health First Aid Australia


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Indigenous Australians and Health: The Wombat in the Room

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorHampton R & Toombs M



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Professional and Therapeutic Communication

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBirks, Chapman & Davis



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Inclusive practice for health professionals

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorDavis, Birks & Chapman



PublisherOxford University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required5 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - regional

WBL addtional requirementsRequirements for placement include current AHPRA student registration, immunisations as required by site, current police check, current working with children check, ability to travel to and from placement site.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

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.
02. Explain the impact of emotional literacy on interpersonal relationships.
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.
04. Develop practice strategies to address health literacy needs that help people to manage their own health
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

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJason Buccheri

Class requirements

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 30 - 42
Two 2.00 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Reflective portfolio includes:

  1. Reflective report on experiential placement
  2. Reflection on interaction with simulated patient
N/APortfolioIndividualYes20 SILO1, SILO2

Weekly quizzes run from week 2 until week 11, inclusive. Each quiz is worth 2% and covers the pre-reading from that week. Students must answer all questions correctly to receive the mark.

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5

Global citizenship group poster and presentation. 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.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo20 SILO3, SILO5

Oral case scenario. 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.

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo40 SILO3, SILO4