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The Pharmacy Department has developed dynamic, supportive and
challenging programs in paediatric pharmacy practice for pharmacy
interns and students.
For more information about the Pharmacy Intern program, click
The Pharmacy Intern program is reviewed and modified each year
to ensure that the training provided is consistent with the
Competency Standards for Pharmacists in Australia.
The pharmacy department accepts students from Monash University
and La Trobe University, Bendigo as part of their practical
The pharmacy department participates in the Practical
Experience Placement (PEP) Program offering both Hospital 1 and
Hospital 2 student placements throughout the year. Our PEP program
is frequently reviewed and the pharmacy department is represented
on the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) PEP
The pharmacy department participates in the Metropolitan
Hospital Pharmacy Placement for fourth year pharmacy students from
La Trobe University, Bendigo. This program is reviewed annually and
the pharmacy department provides feedback to La Trobe
Pharmacy students can apply through the RCH Careers Portal to undertake a three week placement at the RCH Pharmacy Department during their summer holiday period. This placement aims to give students an introduction to the different areas of paediatric hospital pharmacy services.
Visitors from pharmaceutical, medical or nursing backgrounds
request to observe the department's functioning and facilities.
Visitors are accepted, when possible. The department also accepts
work experience students as part of the RCH Work Experience
Departmental pharmacists may choose to further their clinical
training by applying to study Graduate Certificate, Graduate
Diploma, or Master in Clinical Pharmacy. Run by the Faculty of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, the
courses are conducted over up to 2 years on a part-time basis,
and covers topics such as Therapeutics, Pathophysiology, Clinical
Pharmacy and Pharmacokinetics. Currently the department
has one pharmacist enrolled in the Master of Clinical Pharmacy
Pharmacy department staff attend training courses and
educational meetings both within and outside the hospital. Examples
Representatives from drug companies also provide educational
sessions to pharmacy department staff.
Meetings on various topics of interest or a series of lectures
on a particular theme are conducted on a weekly basis. The lectures
are presented by invited guests or by members of the Pharmacy