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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Join the Monash pharmacy webinar Oct. 12 to find out why they are ranked #2 in the world

Pharmacy is a rewarding career, but it’s also a challenging and demanding one.

Think about the rows upon rows of medicines behind a pharmacy counter. A pharmacist needs to have an in-depth knowledge of what every single one of those products does, how it might be of benefit and how it might do potential harm.

 Join the Monash pharmacy webinar Oct. 12

Learn more about studying at Monash Pharmacy

And that’s just the scientific side of the job.

Consider the hundreds of customers who will visit that pharmacist each day, each one with a specific ailment and a particular way of dealing with it; a different approach to medicine, a different level of scientific understanding (if any), a different set of language skills. Some will need a little bit of help, many will need a lot.

A pharmacist’s technical knowledge needs to be matched by his or her communication skills. In the vast majority of cases, a pharmacist is dealing directly with people and, without the ability to convey information well, or to understand patients’ concerns, they are really just a repository of very important information. So when Monash Pharmacy looks for students to join the faculty, they seek those who are both academically able and willing to learn the soft skills that are so vital for success in this profession—not only communication, but also teamwork, emotional empathy and the ability to make good judgments.

Monash Pharmacy Webinar

Want more details about studying pharmacy at Monash University? Great news: Monash will be hosting a webinar on Oct. 12 with the course director, a senior academic, and a current student  who will discuss the faculty, the pharmacy course, and the resulting career opportunities. Everyone is encouraged to be interactive and to ask questions via chat during the Q&A section.

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time: 5 – 6 p.m. Vancouver; 8 – 9 p.m. Ontario

Please note all attendees must register in advance.

This information session uses the ZOOM webinar service. All you need is an internet connected computer with speakers (or a headset). At the advertised time, you just need to follow the webinar URL that will be emailed to you after registering. A small plugin will install the first time you use the program.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Find out more about this webinar and about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

James Cook University’s seven in a row for graduate jobs

James Cook University has been awarded top marks for graduate employment for the seventh year in a row—and JCU is the only Queensland university to achieve the distinction for the past seven years.

James Cook University's seven in a row for graduate jobs

The Good Universities Guide confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand (Image via: JCU)

The authoritative tertiary education guide, the Good Universities Guide, confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the university receiving 5 out of 5 stars for its graduates’ job prospects.

Only three Australian universities achieved the rating over the past seven years.

The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

74.9% of undergraduates from James Cook University find full-time employment within four months of graduating, higher than the national average (69.5%).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings underline the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.

“Our graduates continue to be in demand and are finding employment quickly.

“We know that our graduates are highly sought after, and to receive a five-star rating for graduate employment seven years in a row confirms JCU is providing its students with a high-quality education and very strong career prospects,” said Professor Harding.

“It’s a great achievement for James Cook University to be awarded five stars for graduate employment for seven consecutive years,” said Chris Lester, the CEO of the Good Education Group, which publishes the guide.

“It’s promising to see regional universities providing students with a great student experience, backed by strong graduate outcomes,” Mr Lester said.

The university again scored top marks (five stars) for “Learner Engagement”—the proportion of students who positively rated their engagement with learning at their university.

And for the first time, the guide also includes an in-depth breakdown of university ratings at a field of study level.

JCU has achieved 5 stars in a range of categories across 14 fields of study.

The Good Universities Guide has highlighted JCU’s key strengths in fields of study including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science:

  • Pharmacy students are more satisfied with key measures of student experience than at any other university.
  • Dentistry graduates from James Cook University are better employed than from any other university.
  • Medicine graduates have a 100% employment rate.
  • Veterinary science students are more satisfied with Skills Development than at any other university and graduates and have the highest employment rates in the country.

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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Pharmacy degrees are great: you finish high school and then move directly to your professional four-year degree. Another bonus: Australian Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees are recognized internationally, so if you intend to practice in Canada, you would first apply for certification through your provincial regulatory body. Many OzTREKK students have followed this path and are now practicing pharmacists in Canada.

Have a degree? You can get your pharmacy degree in just two years!

Get your pharmacy degree in just two years at Monash Pharmacy

Introducing graduate-entry pharmacy at Monash University

If you hold a relevant degree, you may be able to enter into the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), receiving credit for much of the first two years of the program. That means you’ll finish your degree in two years.

What will you study?

If you enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) via the graduate-entry pathway, you will complete a pass/fail unit that runs just over four weeks and must be passed in order to receive credit for the first two years of the degree. The unit is run in the summer semester (January – February). Upon successfully completing the summer unit, you will then enter the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)!

Entry requirements

You will be eligible for the graduate-entry program if you have a minimum average of 70% (distinction or equivalent) and have graduated from a relevant degree in the last 10 years. Relevant degrees include

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Biomedicine/ Bachelor of Health Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • Bachelor of Science with subject completions in chemistry, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and mathematics.

If you’ve graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Monash will take into account the number of relevant subjects you’ve completed:

  • chemistry
  • physiology
  • biochemistry
  • pharmacology
  • mathematics

The units completed in the degree should be relevant and science-based. If a number of electives have been completed in arts, for instance, there may not be enough relevancy for consideration.

January 2018 will be the last intake for the graduate-entry Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program. From 2019, Monash will be offering a graduate-entry pathway into the new three-year Bachelor of Pharmacy(Hons) / Master of Pharmacy program. This degree combo will allow students to graduate with both a bachelor and a master in only 3 years. See the video for more info:

About the Monash University Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) Program

Monash’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world and #1 in Australia according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: January 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Discover more about the graduate-entry Monash pharmacy degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, August 28th, 2017

What is the UQ Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence?

The Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility, and home to UQ Pharmacy in Brisbane, Queensland.

What is the UQ Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence?

Study at the UQ Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence

The PACE concept was jointly developed by the university and the whole profession in 2000, and creates a leading facility for pharmaceutical research, education and commercialisation. PACE aims to create a new and unique health and medical precinct, with particular focus on pharmacy and pharmaceutical science.

The project has the support of the Queensland State Government, which has donated land for the project on a site adjoining the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

What’s at PACE?

  • UQ School of Pharmacy
  • The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Queensland Branch
  • UQ Library branch
  • 360-seat lecture theatre
  • UQ Healthcare Clinic
  • Pacemaker Cafe

Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence – benefits for students studying at UQ Pharmacy

Former OzTREKK student and UQ Pharmacy graduate Fatima Benhabib has nothing but praise for the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence: “PACE is an outstanding facility for students. The academic staff are all top in their areas of expertise and have a wealth of information for students who are curious to learn more.

“In addition, the library and interactive learning area are great spaces for study and became a second home for me during exam block. There are many opportunities outside of academics to gain experience and develop a network of contacts for those students who are keen.”

Let’s tour PACE

UQ Pharmacy – Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 29; however, late applications may be accepted

Entry Requirements

Applicants to UQ Pharmacy are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, chemistry and math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Credit Transfers

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in just 3 years.

Apply to UQ Pharmacy School!

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For more information about UQ Pharmacy, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Fast facts about Monash Pharmacy

Did you know? Fast facts about studying at Monash Pharmacy School

Fast facts about Monash Pharmacy

Study at the #1 pharmacy school in Australia—Monash University!

Monash University is #2 in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2017). That makes Monash the #1 pharmacy school in Australia. Monash’s high ranking allows them to attract internationally influential academics to teach you and shape your curriculum. Attending Monash gives you a chance to learn from these academic leaders and see their research up close. You’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice.

Monash offers Australia’s first combined Bachelor and Master of Pharmacy, from 2017. Since it’s an undergraduate-entry program, you won’t have to sit separate examinations to apply for entry and there’s no need for a separate application for the master’s. That means you can begin your pathway into pharmacy straight out of high school. And a master’s-level qualification is highly regarded internationally.

Monash Pharmacy students do a one-year paid internship, providing valuable real-world experience! Earn up to $40k AUD while you learn. The fifth year of the course entails a paid internship, so not only do you get valuable work experience required for registration, you also get paid for it.

Casual work available in Melbourne. Many students (both domestic and international) find casual employment at local pharmacies. All international students are permitted to work up to 40 hours every two weeks.

Receive a $4,000 relocation grant. The university offers a grant to all international students who study pharmacy at Monash!

About the Monash Pharmacy program

Degree: Bachelor of Pharmacy / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, candidates are strongly encouraged by Monash Pharmacy to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Would you like more info about Monash Pharmacy and about the new Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy combined degree? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Understanding UQ School of Pharmacy placements: Part 2

If you’re considering studying at the UQ School of Pharmacy, you know that you’ll have placements to help you get the best start in your career. Here’s part two of Understanding UQ School of Pharmacy placements.

Understanding UQ School of Pharmacy placements: Part 2

Study pharmacy at UQ

Are there any documents you have to fill out prior to placement?

Preparing for community placement is fairly simple; however, before hospital placement there are quite a few things which need to be completed. You must complete a number of online modules prior to the commencement your placement. You start on these modules as soon as the links become available as some take longer than others to complete, and a certification will be obtained at the end of the modules, which you will need to print out and take with you to your placement. It’s a good idea to print off a couple of the certificates to have on file for the following year(s) otherwise you will be required to complete the modules every year. Some of the modules, however, are required to be completed annually. Don’t panic: all of this information will be outlined to you when the time comes.

Do placements lead to potential part time jobs?

Placements are one of the best ways of not only expanding your knowledge but also allow you to network. Remember to always arrive at least 10 minutes early for any placement shift to make a good impression that you are keen. Little things like this may give you the chance to complete your placement at the same pharmacy again, but also may also land you a part time job. Be polite, kind, and respectful to everyone you meet. Many UQ Pharmacy students have been offered part-time paid jobs at the pharmacies where they have completed their placements.

Does placement define how well you’ll do in the future as a pharmacist?

Placement is designed to be a positive and uplifting experience. A pharmaceutical profession comprises of a lot of medications and there are a lot of details when it comes to medication usage, their individual side effects, contraindications, indications, etc. which is why placement exists. It allows students to apply their knowledge to real-life situations and make the best decisions when it comes to patient care. In reality, it is a learning process and at the end of the day, you will evolve into the pharmacist you aspire to be.

Study at the UQ School of Pharmacy

The UQ School of Pharmacy’s program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Apply to the University of Queensland Pharmacy School!

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Do you need help with your UQ School of Pharmacy application and credit transfers? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com! We’re here to help!

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Monash University offers $4000 relocation grant for international pharmacy students

Studying pharmacy at Monash University not only offers you the chance to experience life in another country, but it also gives you the opportunity to qualify as a pharmacist much more quickly than you would in Canada and begin your career earlier.

Australian universities offer pharmacy degrees at an undergraduate level, which means you can enter straight from high school without needing to complete a university degree first.

Monash

Monash University School of Pharmacy

Monash University is the No.1 pharmacy school in Australia, top 2 in the world

In the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, only Harvard University ranked higher than Monash for Pharmacy and Pharmacology. At Monash you’ll have access to some of the country’s best-equipped facilities, alongside innovative teaching technologies such as MyDispense—a web-based program that combines more than 300 virtual patients and 1,500 pharmacy products to provide authentic dispensing practice. You will also undertake work placements in hospitals and community pharmacies, learning about primary healthcare, drug information and clinical pharmacy services in different practice environments. With an aging population placing ever greater stress upon the health system, the demand for pharmacists’ skills and the scope of their role can only grow. Monash gives your career as a pharmacist the best possible start.​

If studying at the number 1 pharmacy school in Australia isn’t enough, Monash also offers a $4,000 relocation grant to all ​international pharmacy students

Graduate with a Bachelor and a Master

Monash Pharmacy has replaced the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) with the new Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy combined degree, Australia’s first integrated BPharm (Hons)/ MPharm degree, with the fifth year of the course offering an internship, so students will get valuable work experience—and get paid for it!

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy / Master of Pharmacy
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications as early as possible.

Apply to Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Do you think the new Bachelor/Master of Pharmacy program might be for you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for details.

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Understanding UQ School of Pharmacy placements: Part 1

The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) is one of Australia’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally, and offers intensive pharmacy placements so students can get fully prepared for their career in pharmacy. UQ School of Pharmacy students undertake more than 350 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings, including hospital and community pharmacies. The school has partnerships with more than 500 pharmacies throughout rural and metropolitan Australia and overseas.

During their placements, students have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real-life settings, and will undertake a variety of sessional practical experiences from year one before commencing two 4-week block placements in year four.

Do you go to placement every year?

Placement is such a key part of the UQ program that it starts from second semester of the first year, and every semester after that. The first-year placement is only a one-day per week of a four-hour shift, making it a bit of an introduction into the community pharmacy world. In your second year it is slightly more intensive with a five-week placement, again attending the community pharmacy one day per week, but, also a second day at a hospital placement. This is a great experience because you get the best of both worlds while receiving hands-on experience in the differences of community and hospital pharmacies. In third year, the first semester comprises a six week community placement, and the second semester is comprised of a two-day hospital placement and a week-long community pharmacy placement. During that week-long placement you are required to be at the pharmacy for full days, like you would if you were working there full-time. In the final year of the program, there is a month long placement for the first month of each semester. One semester is community focused while your second semester is more research focused. Tip: you can also attend one semester placement overseas in any other part of the world!

Do you have to find your own placement every year?

During your first year, the UQ School of Pharmacy will allocate your placement. There is an online portal whereby you can list your top three suburbs, and international students are encouraged to a head start and fill out the portal as soon as it opens. For your future placements, you are required to find your own community locations. If you are unsure where you should start looking for pharmacies, ask friends who are in higher years to see if they can give you the contact information of the pharmacies where they completed their placement.

Are there any assignments or tasks you have to complete prior to placement?

Each year, there will be a set of required tasks you will need to complete over the course of your placement. It is important that you pay attention to each of the patients you encounter as well observe your preceptor’s interactions. You will be required to record an online diary of what your placement shift was like and what you encountered, learned, observed, and areas you think require improvement. In your later years you may be required to dispense a certain number of scripts prior to placement finishing or you may be required to set a number of goals you’d like to achieve prior to completing your placement, such as improving your over the counter (OTC) skills to a certain level.

Stay tuned for Part 2 for more UQ Pharmacy placement tips!

About the UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours program

The UQ Bachelor of Pharmacy program prepares graduates for the contemporary role of the pharmacist in society, ensuring that patients optimize medication usage. Initial courses on chemical, physical and biological studies lead to professional specialties in later years. Practical and clinical science studies begin in first year, providing students with a strong background in professional practice.

Understanding UQ School of Pharmacy placements: Part 1

Learn more about the UQ School of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 29; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible, especially if they are seeking credit transfers

Entry Requirements

Applicants to UQ Pharmacy are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Credit Transfers

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in just 3 years.

Apply to the University of Queensland School of Pharmacy!

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Learn more about UQ School of Pharmacy. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

5 reasons to study pharmacy at the University of Sydney

Why should you study pharmacy with Australia’s first pharmacy school? The university asked their current students and alumni why they chose to study pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Here are their top 5 reasons to study pharmacy at Sydney Uni.

1. Diverse range of career opportunities

“I love the different opportunities that the degree offers its graduates—the ability to move from one specialty to another, industry positions and extensive research and teaching opportunities.” – Reham Raid Mansour Soro, MPharm first-year student

5 reasons to study pharmacy at the University of Sydney

Learn more about studying pharmacy at Sydney (Photo: University of Sydney)

Most people assume that there is only one career outcome when you study pharmacy: to become a pharmacist. But studying a pharmacy degree can lead to more than simply becoming a pharmacist. Pharmacists are an important part of the healthcare system. Their skills and knowledge can be applied across a range of careers, allowing for employment opportunities in

  • community pharmacy
  • hospital pharmacy
  • academic or research institutions
  • pharmaceutical industry in a wide range of roles from marketing, business development or finance to compliance and drug development.

Take Abbie Lawrie, Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate from 2009 who is now working for GlaxoSmithKline:

“Working in finance for GSK has allowed me to combine my pharmacy background with my interest in finance and business. I chose to work in the “business side” of healthcare because of the opportunities it has provided me to work internationally, experience different roles and positively impact people’s lives on a large scale.”

2. Placement opportunities

“As a student at the University of Sydney I have had the privilege of working in city, metropolitan and rural community pharmacies as well as clinical placement in a pharmaceutical company. I would say that clinical placement was the most valuable part of my degree, thanks to the great support and guidance I received from my preceptor. It’s so satisfying to go to work in the afternoon and apply the skills and knowledge I had only just learned that morning during class.” – Ardi Mirzaei, BPharm 2013

To prepare you for the workforce, the Faculty of Pharmacy offers students a range of clinical and rural work placements. Clinical placements are important to put theory into practice in community, hospital, rural or industrial settings. All pharmacy students undertake clinical placements during their degree, and are encouraged to consider a rural placement as part of their clinical training.

This helps you stand out from your peers when you are starting to look for career opportunities after your studies.

3. Unique curriculum with a focus on practical experience underpinned by world-class research

“The Bachelor of Pharmacy is so much more than being a specialist in medications and drugs. You gather skills to educate people on medication, you collaborate with doctors to ensure patients get the best care, you tell patients key things to look out for and do what you can to help each and every patient in the community.”- Matthew Huang, BPharm fourth year student

You will learn from world-leading academics that teach a unique course curriculum focused on all practical and theoretical areas of pharmacy to prepare you for the workforce. The Faculty of Pharmacy is ranked 16th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for pharmacy and pharmacology and has a proven record in teaching and learning excellence.

“My positive experience undertaking research during my undergraduate honours year encouraged me to pursue further studies in pharmaceutical research. I have always been fascinated with the human body but what really inspired me was trying to find a way to improve quality of life.” Samuel Ho, BPharm 2011 / PhD 2016

Research at the Faculty of Pharmacy is focused on improving health outcomes in cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, health services and patient safety, mental health and respiratory disease.

4. Professional network and support

“The Faculty of Pharmacy has a great sense of community. You are taught by academics with backgrounds from all different fields of pharmacy. The staff were supportive and always available to help. The structure of the course meant that there were lots of opportunities to learn about different career pathways available after graduation through clinical placements and careers events.”- Cassandra Cameron, MPharm 2013

Faculty staff are dedicated to supporting the learning opportunities of all pharmacy students. As a pharmacy student, not only will you be part of a cohesive and supportive cohort, you will also receive support from world-leading academics in deciding on career pathways, clinical placements research opportunities and general guidance throughout your degree.

The Sydney University Pharmacy Association (SUPA) is one of the larger student societies on campus, organising regular academic, professional and social activities. SUPA members also gain membership to the National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA).

5. Make a difference in the healthcare system

“I chose pharmacy because I want to equip myself with the knowledge and skills required to make a meaningful contribution to the Australian healthcare system. The course combines my interest in chemistry and mathematics with my passion to address social and health-related challenges.” – Melissa Barakat, BPharm 2015

A career in pharmacy means making a difference to the Australian healthcare system. Whether you are working directly with patients and their families in community pharmacy or in a hospital setting or research in an academic or professional institution, your career will have a meaningful impact on Australian healthcare.

How can you pursue a career in pharmacy?

The Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the world’s best for teaching and education. With more than 100 years of experience in delivering world-class professional pharmacy education, Sydney graduates are sought after both nationally and internationally.

The University of Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy offers the Bachelor of Pharmacy, which covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The clinical experience program in the Bachelor of Pharmacy reflects the contemporary health care environment. Students undertake weekly visits to community pharmacies during their third year. Students also have a one week block placement in third year and at least a further two weeks in fourth year. By the end of their fourth year, all students have had at least three one week placement blocks in clinical experience, as well as the series of community pharmacy visits. The one week block placements are carried out at hospital and community pharmacies, and include opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, professional organisations and in rural health settings.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply to the University of Sydney Pharmacy School!

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Find out how you can study pharmacy at the University of Sydney. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

UQ Pharmacy alumnae win Pharmacy of the Year award

A rural Queensland pharmacy, owned and run by UQ Pharmacy alumnae, has been awarded Australian Pharmacy of the Year.

Lucy Walker Chemmart Pharmacy in Goondiwindi also won the Community Engagement category in the 2017 Guild Pharmacy Awards.

The annual awards, bestowed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, recognise pharmacies that are leading the way in providing innovative and optimal healthcare for members of their community.

UQ Pharmacy alumnae win Pharmacy of the Year

UQ Pharmacy alumnae win Pharmacy of the Year (Photo credit: UQ)

“The awards are a fantastic recognition for what we do on a daily basis, but we do what we do because we love it,” Mrs Walker said.

“Along with dispensing, we spend time talking to our customers about their health, providing them with help and advice.

“We are also part of the Gundy health care team—we work with other health professionals in the area, such as the local hospital, Indigenous health services and GPs, to provide a collaborative approach to regional health services.”

UQ alumna Mrs Walker has been in Goondiwindi for 10 years, where she employs 14 staff members, including pharmacist Emma Newsome who graduated from UQ in 2010.

“We care about our customers, and we feel that we’re very fortunate because we are actively engaged in a community that is very supportive of our initiatives and services,” Ms Newsome said.

“The pharmacy can be found at events around town, like Under 8s Day, Dental Health in the Park, Aged Care Expo, Colour Run, Cotton Growers’ Picnics, mothers’ groups, farmers’ talks, Community Garden Days and all sorts of fundraising events.”

Professor Peter Little AM, Head of the UQ School of Pharmacy, said the awards highlighted the dedication of UQ’s pharmacy graduates.

“Mrs Walker and Ms Newsome are shining examples of the outstanding calibre of our graduates who continue to strive to provide more health care in even more ways,” he said.

“Delivering health care to isolated and regional communities can be challenging, so it’s inspiring to know that UQ graduates are playing an important role in this area.

“Our school encourages students to take up regional placements to see first-hand how rewarding it is to pursue a career in regional health services.”

UQ Pharmacy student Brooke Hilton (pictured left) is currently on placement in Goondiwindi, and Mrs Walker hopes to welcome more students on placement in the future.

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program at UQ

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program is a well-established, professionally accredited learning framework that is well received by both students and the profession. The program has evolved into one of the country’s most comprehensive and well-respected pharmacy degrees, both domestically and internationally.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: November 29, 2017

Entry Requirements

Applicants to UQ Pharmacy are required to have completed their high school diploma. Applicants should have completed Grade 12 English, Chemistry and Math to meet program prerequisites.

If you have commenced or completed a university degree or any post-secondary studies, your most recent studies will be assessed in terms of your grades. If you have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in your post-secondary studies, your high school transcripts will then be assessed for prerequisite subjects.

Credit Transfers

Many international students with prior study (especially those with a science background) are able to enter directly into Year 2. If credit is awarded, students can undertake an additional course in their first and second semester of enrollment and complete the program in just 3 years.

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For more information about UQ Pharmacy, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.