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Monash pharmacy students experience rural Victoria

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12 March 2012

The next generation of pharmacists are gaining hands on experience in rural settings across Victoria, learning of the important role pharmacists play in the community.

Monash University pharmacy students will complete three weeks of extended practical classes, known as Professional Experience Placements across regional Victoria.

More than 200 students will gain a taste of rural pharmacy through the placement program which is part of Monash University’s commitment to rural health.

The final year students are being hosted by pharmacies in Ararat, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Cowes, Hamilton, Kyneton, Maryborough, Mildura, Moe, Morwell, Newcomb, Orbost, Port Fairy, Portland, Romsey, Sale, Shepparton, Stawell, Swan Hill, Toora, Traralgon, Warragul and Warrnambool.

Course Director for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, Professor Jennifer Marriott, said the Monash rural placement program exposes students to rural health issues and a rural lifestyle.

“This experience ultimately can influence students to choose to become a pharmacist in a non-metropolitan community,” Professor Marriot said.

“Their three week program will provide vital insight into the local health system and the communities that rely on it.”

As part of their placement, students will develop specific skills in the areas of clinical pharmacy, problem solving, medication history taking, patient counselling and therapeutic planning.

For further information or to interview a student from your area, contact Shana Stewart, Monash Media and Communications on +61 3 9903 4815 or shana.stewart@monash.edu.