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Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Monash Pharmacy offers Australia’s first combined pharmacy degree

The work of pharmacists changes people’s lives for the better. And it has done so for centuries.

Monash Pharmacy offers Australia's first combined pharmacy degree

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But the pharmacy profession is facing a combination of challenges it has never seen before: an ageing global population, increasingly complex and personalised medicines, as well as a move towards team-based integrated healthcare.

With those challenges comes the need for new thinking—from the next generation of practitioners and from those who teach them.

In response to these challenges, Monash University is preparing the students of today for tomorrow’s world of medicine, demography and healthcare by offering a new combined degree. From 2017, Monash Pharmacy will replace 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!

Did you know Monash Pharmacy is ranked #2 in the world according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017?

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.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Monash medicine delegates head to Berlin

Delegates from Monash University will join world leaders in addressing major global health priorities at the 2014 World Health Summit in October. Climate change and health are the top issues to be discussed at this year’s summit, which will be held Oct. 19 – 22 in Berlin.

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Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Christina Mitchell is leading the university’s delegation at the conference.

“The summit is an important forum that enables public health leaders the opportunity to address the greatest health issues facing our world,” Professor Mitchell said.

Throughout the summit, Monash University will host symposia covering a range of topics from demographic change, systems biology and medical education.

The World Health Summit is the annual conference of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, universities and national academies, organised in collaboration with the National Academies of Sciences of more than 67 countries through the InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP).

The summit’s mission is to bring together researchers, physicians, leading government officials and representatives from industry as well as from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and health care systems worldwide to address the most pressing issues facing medicine and health care systems over the next decade and beyond.

It is one of the world’s foremost gatherings of public health leaders from academia, politics, industry and government.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014

Partnership accelerates drug delivery research

A recent visit by world-renowned polymer chemist Professor Sébastien Perrier was the latest step towards consolidating joint research in nanomedicine that is underpinned by the Monash Warwick Alliance.

Professor Perrier, who has been awarded four prestigious scientific awards spanning four continents in the past 12 months, visited Monash University in June to strengthen his research with Professor Tom Davis from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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The long-term collaborators are both Monash Warwick Alliance Joint Professors. Professor Perrier is based at the University of Warwick’s Department of Chemistry while Professor Davis is based at MIPS. They spend considerable time at each other’s university.

Together they design, create and test nanomaterials that can deliver therapeutics drugs directly to a disease site. These materials, designed on a scale at 1/1,000,000 of a millimetre, are set to revolutionise how we diagnose and treat conditions from cancer to heart disease.

Professor Perrier said meeting face to face with his Monash colleagues was essential for strengthening and progressing his research with Professor Davis’ team.

“During my visit we developed a joint research program with a variety of short- and long-term targets, discussed potential PhD projects, and identified funding opportunities,” Professor Perrier said.

It also meant he was on hand to help his new research manager, Dr Joaquín Sanchis-Martínez, settle into the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, where he will play a pivotal role.

“Dr Sanchis-Martínez spent three months training with me at Warwick to ensure our research is coordinated across the two groups,” Professor Perrier said.

Professor Perrier’s visit extended to the Department of Materials Engineering and School of Chemistry at Monash University, as well as CSIRO, all relevant to polymer research.

Recognised as an outstanding polymer chemistry scientist, Professor Perrier has received the Le Fèvre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society’s Wolfson Research Merit Award. In the next two months he will be officially awarded the IUPAC-Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society.

This year alone he has already published seven research papers in leading journals such as the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Polymer Chemistry.

Professor Perrier said he was looking forward to returning to Monash later this year for a two-month stay at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The Monash Warwick Alliance is an innovative approach to higher education that is accelerating the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash and Warwick Universities.

Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.

Find out more about Monash Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Monash Pharmacy School pathway

Your brilliant career in pharmacy—there’s more than one way to get there!

Have you recently completed a biomedicine, biomedical science, science or pharmaceutical science and are wondering, “Where to now?” You’ve made a great choice! Pharmacy is a rewarding and diverse career with excellent earning potential and global employment opportunities. You could work as a consultant, hospital or community pharmacist. You can choose to work in the pharmaceutical industry, government, regulatory bodies, research or clinical trials. Some graduates have even worked in the defence force, foreign aid organisations and even the Federal Police as drugs experts.

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Monash Pharmacy School has set up a great pathway to a new career in pharmacy just for graduates!

How it works

Step 1: Use your completed degree as your ticket into the Bachelor of Pharmacy

If you’ve graduated from an approved degree in science, biomedical science, biomedicine or pharmaceutical science and have a minimum average of 70%, you’re eligible to enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy program. The best part is, you’ll enter the program in third year which means you’ll only need to complete two years of study to qualify for the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Step 2: Undertake a short bridging program

First, you’ll undertake a short bridging program to catch up on your pharmacy practice skills before joining the other third year students when semester commences in March. The program begins in mid-January.

Students entering the Bachelor of Pharmacy program through the graduate-entry pathway must successfully complete the summer intensive bridging course, PAC1001 (Introduction to Pharmacy). Students must successfully complete this bridging course prior to entering the third year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy program in March. Students cannot enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy program in year three without successfully completing the PAC1001 (Introduction to Pharmacy) course.

Step 3: Complete third and fourth year

Step 4: Graduate with the number 1 pharmacy qualification in Australia and the Asia region

About Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy

Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. It comprises four major areas of study: medicinal chemistry (the chemistry of drugs); pharmacology (the action of drugs); pharmaceutics (the presentation and delivery of drugs); and pharmacy practice (the application of all these to the professional practice of pharmacy).

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by to submit their applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Apply to the Monash Pharmacy School Bachelor of Pharmacy program!

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Do you have questions about Monash Pharmacy School and this pathway? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Monash pharmacy researchers find risk of antibiotic overuse in aged care settings

Antibiotics are being overused in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), and more integrated efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing practices need to be introduced, researchers say.

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The study, published in the Medical Journal of Australia, by Monash University researchers found important workflow and culture-related issues that could contribute to overuse of antibiotics in these facilities. Therefore, special attention and guidelines beyond those used in acute-care settings are warranted.

Dr David Kong, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, said that the widespread and inappropriate antibiotic use in RACFs had been reported, and was especially concerning given emerging evidence of antibiotic resistance in these settings.

“Older people are particularly susceptible to the adverse consequences of antibiotic use, and it is important we look at ways to optimise the use of antibiotics,” Dr Kong said.

The study found a number of workflow-related issues in antibiotic prescribing in RACFs, such as a lack of onsite medical doctors and pharmacy supports, nurse-led antibiotic prescribing, and no institutional policy for antibiotic use.

“We found that antibiotics were commonly prescribed over the phone, which wasn’t always followed up with an on-site review, and most visiting GPs tended to prescribe antibiotics early rather than ‘waiting and observing’,” Dr Kong said.

“We also found there were mixed opinions on nurse-driven infection management, ranging from GPs with confidence in the nursing assessment to perceiving pressure from nurses to prescribe antibiotics. Nurses themselves reporting lack of knowledge on antibiotic prescribing and quite a number of nurses felt their responsibility in infection management overwhelming.

“Decisions for antibiotic prescribing are often difficult considering the frailty of elderly patients and many of those with behavioural problems or cognitive deficits. Further, there were often unrealistic expectations from family members to prescribe antibiotics for minor symptoms or to avert hospitalisation.”

Dr Kong said the findings reflected the need for initiatives to optimise antibiotic use in residential aged care facilities, and the next phase was to look at how to collectively improve antibiotic use.

“This could include further education and training, and introduction of evidence-based guidelines specific to the RACF setting.”

Find out more about Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.

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Do you have questions about Monash University Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Monash pharmaceutical researchers unlocking milk’s formula to save lives

A new study on the digestion of milk could lead to the development of new formulas for premature babies, weight-loss drinks and potentially new drug delivery systems.

Published in the journal ACS Nano, the Monash University research shows for the first time detailed insights into the structure of milk during digestion.

While milk’s nutritional values are well known, little research has been conducted into the detailed structure of milk and how its fats interact with the digestive system until now.

Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), and led by Dr Stefan Salentinig and Professor Ben Boyd from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the team looked at the nanostructure of milk to find out how its components interact with the human digestive system.

They discovered milk has a highly geometrically ordered structure when being digested.

Dr Salentinig said the research provides a blueprint for the development of new milk products. It could also lead to a new system for drug delivery.

“By unlocking the detailed structure of milk we have the potential to create milk loaded with fat soluble vitamins and brain building molecules for premature babies, or a drink that slows digestion so people feel fuller for longer. We could even harness milk’s ability as a ‘carrier’ to develop new forms of drug delivery,” Dr Salentinig said.

By chemically recreating the digestive system in a glass beaker and adding cows’ milk, the team found that milk has a unique structure—an emulsion of fats, nutrients and water forms a structure which enhances digestion.

As well as laboratory work at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the researchers accessed specialist instruments at the Australian Synchrotron to simulate digestion and accelerate the research. Using enzymes present in the body, water was added to milk fat to break it down, and the Synchrotron’s small-angle X-ray scattering beam showed that when digested, the by-products of milk become highly organised.

Dr Salentinig said the structure is similar to a sponge, potentially enhancing the absorption of milk’s healthy fats.

“We knew about the building blocks of milk and that milk fat has significant influence on the flavor, texture and nutritional value of all dairy food. But what we didn’t know was the structural arrangement of this fat during digestion,” he said. “We found that when the body starts the digestion process, an enzyme called lipase breaks down the fat molecules to form a highly geometrically ordered structure. These small and highly organised components enable fats, vitamins and lipid-soluble drugs to cross cell membranes and get into the circulatory system,”

The next phase of the research will see the team work with nutritionists to better make the link between these new findings and dietary outcomes, and under the ARC funding, utilize these findings to design and test improved medicines.

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Every day, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences researchers dedicate their time to researching and designing better medicines.

They are Australia’s largest, most experienced and successful group of pharmaceutical scientists. More than 160 scientists and 120 PhD students undertake basic and translational drug discovery, drug delivery and drug development research in new, state-of-the-art laboratories on Monash‘s Parkville campus.

MIPS was established in 2008 and builds upon the ground-breaking research activities of the Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University, developers of the Relenza flu treatment.

The internationally recognised institute strives to conduct the most insightful science in the field by the best researchers and research students in world-class facilities.

Their contemporary and collaborative organisational structure enables research to occur where the core scientific disciplines meet. Collaboration at these disciplinary interfaces is expected to transform medicine design and development outcomes.

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash Pharmacy School

Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.

Pharmacists, on the other hand, are directly concerned with people’s health and well-being. As members of a healthcare team, they provide advice on the safe and effective use of medicine. They’re actively involved in patient care in hospitals and the community. As medicine experts, they can also work in government, industry, research and clinical-trial roles.

If you are interested in science and healthcare, and enjoy communicating with people, then the Bachelor of Pharmacy is the degree you’re looking for—it’s the degree you need to be a pharmacist.

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Do you have questions about studying pharmacy or pharmaceutical science at Monash University Pharmacy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 and find out how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Monash pharmacy PhD student named Victorian Young Achiever

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD student, Lori Ferrins, has won the Science and Technology prize in the 2014 Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

Ms Ferrins won the award from a strong field of nominees and was one of seven category winners announced in front of 330 guests at the Medallion room at Etihad stadium.

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Her PhD which focuses on the design of new drugs to treat human African trypanosomiasis, known as African sleeping sickness, clearly impressed the judges and it is an illness Lori believes flies under the radar.

“This parasitic disease is devastating to many isolated communities across Africa and once a village is affected by the disease it is very difficult to prevent cross-infection and this leads to the eventual destruction of the entire community.

“The overarching goal of the project is to uncover a novel, safe and potent compound that could be used in the treatment and it is this goal that drives us to complete the research,” she said.

While Lori is clearly a rising star, she is quick to heap praise on her colleagues from Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

“I am truly honoured to have received this award, the quality of the work from the other finalists was exceptionally high and the fact that I have won is something I am really proud of.

“I am a part of a great team and I could not have achieved my research outcomes without the support and guidance of Dr Raphael Rahmani, a research fellow also working on the project,” she said.

Lori’s supervisor Professor Jonathan Baell described the accolade as a just reward for her commitment and hard work.

“Lori is a young researcher with a very bright future. This award acknowledges her research and it is great to see one of our up and comers singled out as one of the best,” he said.

With less than 12 months before finishing her PhD, Lori has her eyes set on a future in medicinal chemistry and is hoping a career in research will lead her overseas.

“Once I have completed my PhD, I would like to gain further experience by travelling to do a post doc in medicinal chemistry.”

Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash Pharmacy School engages in world-class research and has a long history as a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education. The faculty’s curriculum is purpose designed for the study of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science and taught by discipline experts.

Home to the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Medication Use and Safety, the faculty is internationally recognized for its contribution to research in the pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice fields.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.

Find out more about Monash Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.

Apply to the Monash University Pharmacy School!

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Find out more about Monash University Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Monash to receive new pharmaceutical science laboratory

A world-class translational pharmaceutical science laboratory will be established at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Parkville and will be the first of its kind in Australia.

Directly supporting capacity building, skills growth and education development, the new Translational Research Lab has been made possible by a landmark grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMSTrust).

The $1.2-million grant from the HMSTrust enables $1.1 million of in-kind contributions from industry partners PerkinElmer and Shimadzu and a further $350,000 contribution from the McCallMacBain Foundation to build state-of-the-art facilities at the precinct.

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Director Professor Bill Charman thanked the HMSTrust for their foresight, generosity and vision in establishing the new facility. He said the facilities and capabilities would support individual projects to make the giant translational leap from a research project to a new medicine.

Professor Charman also thanked the industry partners for their support and collaborative approach to establishing a translational laboratory that was otherwise beyond the financial capabilities of any of the individual partners, and added that the objective of the lab would be to support the development of new medicines that would improve global access to life-saving medicines while at the same time providing world-class industry-standard training to the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists.

“This platform will be open access and allow Victorian researchers to continue the development of their projects within Australia,” Professor Chairman said.

Lab Director Dr Michelle McIntosh said the lab would be used to evaluate key parameters influencing product stability such as storage conditions, humidity and packaging.

“It is a wonderful addition to Victoria’s research infrastructure,” she said.

HMSTrust Chairman Darvell Hutchinson AM said the Trust was honoured to give its support to Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences for the laboratory, as part an ongoing partnership.

Mr Hutchinson said the Trust’s support of MIPS began in 2007, with a grant of $50,000 to purchase equipment that established key analytical capability leading to the ground-breaking Inhaled Oxytocin project.

“The Trust has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Monash University over many years, and this new grant takes our total support to in excess of $3.3 million,” Mr Hutchinson said. “This grant marks a special celebration for the HMSTrust. It is the first Social Impact Lead Grant in our Health Advancement Program of our new grant making policy.

“The Trust is thrilled that our grant of $1.2 million has enabled MIPS to secure a level of major international support that will establish the Laboratory as a unique resource for Victoria, Australia and beyond.”

Research programs that are likely to be conducted at the new facility include projects such as is the Inhaled Oxytocin project, which is developing a new medicine that could save the lives of tens of thousands of women who die each year at childbirth from postpartum haemorrhage.

Dr McIntosh said the research was investigating the effectiveness of inhaling oxytocin in a bid to overcome the challenges associated with the current injectable product, which includes the need to store oxytocin in refrigerated conditions, and is not often feasible in low resource settings.

“An inhaled product would negate the need for cold chain storage, remove the risk of needle stick injuries and could be used by all levels of healthcare workers,” she said.

The laboratory will officially open in early 2015.

Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash Pharmacy School engages in world-class research and has a long history as a leading provider of undergraduate and postgraduate education. The faculty’s curriculum is purpose designed for the study of pharmacy and pharmaceutical science and taught by discipline experts.

Home to the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Centre for Medication Use and Safety, the faculty is internationally recognized for its contribution to research in the pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice fields.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments. They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.

Find out more about Monash Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.

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Find out more about Monash University Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Monash researchers awarded $9.8 million to fight against superbugs

Funding worth almost $10 million will see scientists develop cutting edge treatments for life-threatening infections caused by bacterial superbugs.

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The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded two research grants to the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) and the PHI-Monash Institute of Medical Research (PHI-MIMR).

An international team of researchers will focus on designing, developing and evaluating new therapies for life-threatening infections. The funding comes at a critical point, with the World Health Organization recently listing antibiotic-resistant bacteria as one of the three greatest threats to human health.

Lead researcher Professor Jian Li from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences said that with a marked decline in the discovery of novel antibiotics, the world is now facing a significant threat from bacterial superbugs.

“The world is on the brink of a return to the pre-antibiotic era. Doctors are running out of treatment options for some life-threatening infections. It is vitally important that research is funded so that we can find new treatment options and stem the rising tide of antibiotic resistant superbugs,” said Professor Li.

Often regarded as “magic bullets,” antibiotics have been prescribed widely to fight a variety of infections caused by bacteria; however, overuse has led to the worldwide emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

As well as developing new therapies, Professor Li said the team will also review the effectiveness of existing drugs and discover if they can be combined with an old class of antibiotic, called polymyxins.

“Polymyxins have been increasingly prescribed over the last decade in an attempt to combat bacteria that are resistant to all other antibiotics. Until recently they were rarely used because of potential side effects and they were seen as a last ditch attempt to fight off the superbugs. What’s worrying is that infections caused by bacteria that are resistant to polymyxins are now being reported around the world.

“We believe our research will lead to better ways of dosing polymyxins alone and in combination with currently available drugs, to maximise the killing of bacteria and minimise the development of resistance and adverse effects in patients,” said Professor Li.

“Both of these new five-year projects will develop much-needed treatments for infections caused by superbugs. These innovative therapies will then be applied in the clinic to save patients’ lives,” said Professor Bill Charman, Dean of the Monash University Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of MIPS.

The key Monash University investigators are Dr Jiangning Song (Monash Bioinformatics Platform), Professor Tony Purcell (FMNHS), Dr Tony Velkov (MIPS), Professor Paul Hertzog (Centre for Innate Immunity & Infectious Disease, PHI-MIMR), Dr Darren Creek (MIPS), Professor Roger Nation (MIPS), Dr Jurgen Bullita (MIPS) and Dr John Boyce (FMNHS).

Work starts this month and will see the Monash University team work collaboratively with US researchers from the University at Buffalo, Weill Cornell Medical College and the Wayne State University.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Pharmaceutical scientists are experts in the chemistry, biology and biotechnology required to design and develop medicines. They play a key role in improving human health and well-being by researching and developing reliable, accessible and effective treatments.

They understand the impact of medicines on the body and diseases. They’re also experts in bringing safe and effective products to market.

If you enjoy solving problems, love chemistry or biology, and want to improve human health, then a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science could be your calling. It equips you to work in the pharmaceutical science and biomedical fields.

Find out more about Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy program.

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Do you have questions about Monash University Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Monash reports on medicine collections from Australian pharmacies

Senator the Honourable Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health, has launched the findings of a landmark audit of collections of out-of-date and unwanted medicines sampled from pharmacies all over Australia, conducted by the Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS), Monash University.

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The survey found that an estimated 540 tons of medicines annually are subjected to environmentally safe disposal by the Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project, and of that total, 44% had not expired.

The majority of medicines (68%) belonged to five therapeutic classes: cardiovascular (18%), nervous system (17%), alimentary tract (16%), respiratory (9%) and anti-infective (8%)—which correlates well with PBS dispensing data.

Of the most commonly discarded medicines, insulin (in all its forms), salbutamol, paracetamol, frusemide and glyceryl trinitrate were the top 5.

Eighty-five percent of the returned medicines were scheduled—1% Schedule 4, and 9%, 8% and 2% Schedule 2, 3 and 8 respectively.

The Monash report concludes that the National Returned & Disposal of Unwanted Medicines (NatRUM) Program is a critically important and highly viable public health initiative, safeguarding the health of consumers in Australia, and the environment.

The chairman of NatRUM, Mr Warwick Plunkett said, “The results of the audit have provided a valuable insight into the utilization of the NatRUM program by pharmacists as well as some of the medicine consumption and hoarding habits of the public. These findings are likely to generate a number of important recommendations for government and pharmacy organizations around the PBS and the pharmacist’s role in dispensing medications and their ongoing management.

The audit also underlines the important role NatRUM plays in the government’s QUM policy with the removal of outdated and unwanted medicines from the home, in an environmentally appropriate way, while reducing dramatically the potential hazards of misuse and accidental poisoning that such hoarding can produce.

About Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy

Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. It comprises four major areas of study: medicinal chemistry (the chemistry of drugs); pharmacology (the action of drugs); pharmaceutics (the presentation and delivery of drugs); and pharmacy practice (the application of all these to the professional practice of pharmacy).

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their Bachelor of Pharmacy applications before the end of September for the February intake.

Apply to the Monash Pharmacy School Bachelor of Pharmacy program!

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Do you have questions about Monash Pharmacy School and about studying pharmacy at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com, or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!