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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, October 6th, 2016

Griffith Pharmacy students compete in simulated world

A simulated pharmacy is part of a new cutting-edge educational game to be used by Griffith Bachelor of Pharmacy students as part of their course.

Signalling a first in Australia, the PharmG game offers students the chance to compete as teams in a simulation game working in a rich educational setting with a set number of patients, which they either lose or gain based on their performance.

Griffith Pharmacy students compete in simulated world

Dr Grant says PharmG reflects what pharmacy graduates will face in real life (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Originating from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands, GIMMICS (as the game is known in The Netherlands) requires final-year students to compete against teams of peers or colleagues from across the world and aims to be as close to real life as possible.

“PharmG provides our final-year students with a fully immersive workplace which completely reflects what they would be facing in a real-life pharmacy,” says Dr Gary Grant from the Griffith School of Pharmacy.

“Starting from week six, students will each be spending thirteen full working days in the PharmG environment where they will hone their skills.

“Like other simulation games, e.g., SimCity, pharmacies start with a set number of patients which they will either lose or gain based on performance in activities. Activity includes dispensing of prescriptions, medication reviews, verbal walk-in cases, responding to phone calls, assignments and presentations etc.

“Actors will play the part of patients and will test every layer of pharmacy skills in our students. Meanwhile time management and team workload is completely at the discretion of the team to organise.

A major educational advantage

“This technology represents a major educational advantage,” says Dr Grant. “It also encourages interaction that generates real cognitive or socio-cognitive conflicts, provides a solid construction of knowledge; an autonomy in the learning process and an eventual transfer of acquired skills.”

The introduction of the simulated pharmacy learning method follows the school’s introduction last year, of a virtual learning tool  allowing students to work in different environments including hospital and pharmacy from anywhere in the world without having to leave the classroom.

Griffith University Bachelor of Pharmacy

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 4 years
Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to Griffith Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy, applicants must have a high school diploma with a minimum of 76% average with Grade 12 math B and one of biology, chemistry or physics. If applying after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies, applicants need to have a minimum of 76% cumulative GPA to be considered.

Apply to Griffith Pharmacy School!

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Are you interested in Griffith Pharmacy? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information.

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Five questions with a Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate

Dina Kayali studied with the Faculty of Pharmacy and is as passionate about the industry as they come. After graduating with the Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Sydney in 2005, Dina has experienced firsthand the various career opportunities that a degree in pharmacy can lead you.

Five questions with a Bachelor of Pharmacy alumna

Sydney pharmacy graduate Dina Kayali (Photo credit: University of Sydney)

Starting her career in retail and community pharmacy, Dina moved into corporate pharmacy, working for seven years at global pharmaceutical company Hospira in roles across medical affairs, and product and business development. Earlier this year, Dina accepted a highly sought after position with Pfizer Australia as their Business Development Manager.

The university caught up with Dina to find out how she’s settling in at Pfizer, what she thinks of the new Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management course and why she chose a career in pharmacy.

1. Tell us about where you work and what your role involves?

I currently work at Pfizer Australia as the Business Development Manager. This involves company strategy planning and development, and negotiation and relationship building with other pharmaceutical companies and partners for in-licensing, acquisitions, product development, and other joint ventures and partnerships.

2. Why did you decided to study a degree in pharmacy?

I decided to do a pharmacy degree because I had aspirations to work within the pharmaceutical industry.

I felt that studying pharmacy would give me a well-rounded understanding of the pharmaceutical world and place me in a good position to pursue an industry career.

3. In 2017, the Faculty of Pharmacy is introducing the Bachelor of Pharmacy and Management. As a pharmaceutical industry professional and Bachelor of Pharmacy graduate, what do you think of this new degree?

Having worked within the pharmaceutical industry for a while now, I can say that the new combination of a pharmacy and management degree is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain a breadth of understanding of both science, as well as essential business and management concepts.

This is a unique offering that will be of particular relevance for those hoping for a career in the pharmaceutical industry—a career path that requires both scientific proficiency as well as business acumen.

4. What did you enjoy about the Faculty of Pharmacy?

I thoroughly enjoyed the four years I spent at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney from both an academic and personal development perspective.

The course was very well structured and provided depth of content across a range of subjects from pharmacology and dispensing, through to pharmacy practice and novel therapeutics. The structure allows you to develop close networks and peer connections over the four years spent studying together. As a result, I value the lifelong bonds and connections I have taken with me throughout my career and also in my personal life.

5. What did you enjoy most about studying at the University of Sydney?

I lived on campus at Sancta Sophia College for the four years that I spent studying at the University of Sydney. These years were some of the best of my life. Living on campus made my experience that much richer due to the connections I made and the people I met from many parts of the world studying a range of courses.

University of Sydney Bachelor of Pharmacy

The University of Sydney Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy covers the study of the chemical, physical, pharmaceutical, and pharmacological properties of medicinal substances and the application of these in the pharmacy profession. The first year is a foundation year in which students study biology, chemistry and basic pharmaceutical sciences, and are introduced to pharmacy. The remaining three years are devoted to higher levels of biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, together with specialized clinical pharmacy studies. During third and fourth years, considerable time is spent in clinical placements in community and hospital pharmacies, where valuable practical experience is gained.

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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Would you like more information about the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at Sydney Uni? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com to find out more!

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

About the Griffith School of Pharmacy

Based on the Gold Coast campus, the Griffith School of Pharmacy is known for its innovative teaching that produces highly sought after graduates in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science. With the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital—Australia’s first public university hospital and located next to the new Griffith Health Centre—students are ideally placed to gain practical work place experience as part of multidisciplinary teams.

Griffith Pharmacy School

Learn more about Griffith Pharmacy School

The school’s 400 partners offer clinical and research placement opportunities for students on the Gold Coast, in rural Australia and overseas. The newest of these includes a placement rotation through Indonesia where students experience hospital, community and industrial pharmacy, and a hospital/research placement in Singapore. These activities reflect the strong partnerships that the School of Pharmacy has with clinical and research centres around the world.

Griffith’s School of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school in Australia to introduce Stage 1 Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy training, giving graduates an advantage when developing their career in medication management. The school also introduced vaccination training for students in 2013, ahead of the Queensland Government trial.

With outstanding facilities such as a professional practice laboratory with model dispensary and a dedicated formulations lab and aseptic dispensing unit, supportive staff and active student organisations, the Griffith School of Pharmacy offers students an exciting opportunity to learn pharmacy and pharmaceutical science in a vibrant world-class environment.

Griffith University Bachelor of Pharmacy

The Griffith School of Pharmacy has purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities, including a professional practice laboratory with a model dispensary, a dedicated formulation laboratory, aseptic dispensing unit and research laboratories. As a result, Griffith Bachelor of Pharmacy graduates are work-ready with the knowledge and skills valued in both industry and health care.

Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February and July
Program duration: 4 years
Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the Griffith University Bachelor of Pharmacy, applicants must have a high school diploma with a minimum of 76% average with Grade 12 math B and one of biology, chemistry or physics. If applying after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies, applicants need to have a minimum of 76% cumulative GPA to be considered.

Apply to Griffith University Pharmacy School!

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Find out more about studying pharmacy at the Griffith School of Pharmacy. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

UQ Pharmacy Education

The UQ School of Pharmacy’s research programs are well-developed across a diverse range of areas. Quality, innovative research is a major component of the UQ’s commitment to the delivery of world-class education and health care outcomes. It is what equips UQ students for leading-edge positions on the rapidly changing health care frontier.

UQ Pharmacy School

Study at the UQ School of Pharmacy

Pharmacy Education at UQ School of Pharmacy

Research into teaching and learning in both the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula enhances the training of pharmacists ready for the workplace.

The Pharmacy Education Group includes pharmacy researchers who are committed to developing, implementing, and evaluating various aspects of education acquisition and delivery. Researchers in pharmacy education also demonstrate a commitment to the continued education of professional pharmacy practitioners by contributing toward the continuing professional development of the profession.

As well as research into the traditional areas of pharmacy education, multiprofessional or interdisciplinary education research is particularly important as the roles and responsibilities of all health care professionals are altering in response to changes in healthcare delivery. Similarly electronic modes of education are being researched, not only to complement face-to-face education delivery, but also to explore, develop and implement virtual and simulated health care scenarios.

The pharmacy education researchers aim to improve teaching and learning by developing best practice in areas of education which include

  • curriculum development and implementation
  • development and implementation of teaching and learning resources
  • development and implementation of electronic teaching resources
  • assessment and feedback
  • course evaluation
  • multiprofessional education
  • pharmacy practice education
  • experiential education development and implementation

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Learn more about studying pharmacy at the UQ Pharmacy School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Pharmacy Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at  1-866-698-7355.