A strong emphasis is placed on practical skills and application of knowledge in the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Graduate Entry Masters (GEM) degrees at Curtin University.
The clinical placements program at the School of Pharmacy is one of the most comprehensive in Australia and provides students with opportunities to undertake fieldwork in a variety of pharmacy environments including community, hospital and industry settings, in addition to a number of non-traditional sites with a focus on inter-professional and specialised practice.
The School of Pharmacy also encourages fourth year students to undertake regional placements and has a strong focus on rural and indigenous health and interprofessional learning. Programs such as Country Week offered by Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH) and Interprofessional Learning Workshops are promoted to students. Final year pharmacy students also have the opportunity to apply for an international placement through the Faculty of Health Science’s Go Global program.
Undergraduate final year students also have the opportunity to engage in a placement elective. The four week placement is in a field of specialty selected by the student, and allocation of placement sites is tailored to enhancing the student’s ability to develop a niche skill set.
During clinical placements, students are immersed in an environment that allows integration of theoretical knowledge with practice under the guidance of a pharmacist. Preceptors report mentoring students to be an educationally valuable and rewarding task.
Students are visited onsite during their placement by academic staff and are required to complete a workbook relevant to the professional setting and an oral assessment at the conclusion of the placement.
In accordance with Faculty of Health Sciences policy, all students undertaking clinical placements are required under the WA Health ‘Clinical Practice Agreement’ to submit proof of the following mandatory health and legal clearances;
- Working With Children (as relevant to the practice setting)
- WA Health Criminal Record Screening
Mrs Sue White
Fourth Year Co-ordinator/Director of Clinical Placements
Phone: 9266 3863
Mobile: 0438 583 371
Facsimile: 9266 3154
Dr Denise Robinson
Clinical Placement Co-ordinator
Phone: 9266 3576
Mobile: 0401 103 752
Facsimile: 9266 3154