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Pharmacy school promises career ready graduates

A new school of pharmacy offering a graduateentry masters degree and PhDs from 2012 was announced today by the University of Technology, Sydney. The school will produce graduates who can manage the new and increasingly complex business, service delivery and health dimensions of the profession.

Preliminary Australian Pharmacy Council accreditation has been received for the masters program.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said the delivery of graduate degrees in pharmacy was made a priority in response to growing industry need for practitioners who can work in expanded and diverse roles.

"The pharmacy profession is operating in a rapidly changing environment where a focus on the efficient and efficacious use of medicines and the management of chronic conditions are increasingly in demand," Professor Milbourne said. "The school's priority will be to focus on meeting the current and future needs of the profession and the Australian community."

"The UTS pharmacy school will become only the second of such schools here in Sydney with its population of four million. We believe the courses will be in demand from graduates seeking to enhance their careers in this growing city."

UTS appointed Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Shalom (Charlie) Benrimoj to develop the new school which will be the first school launched under the University’s new strategy to expand its offerings in health disciplines.

Professor Benrimoj said UTS had a well-deserved reputation for offering highly practice-oriented education and was an ideal setting to develop graduate-entry pharmacy degrees that are research-led, student-focussed and career-relevant.

"As a new school, UTS has been in a unique position to employ best practice at every stage of development," Professor Benrimoj said. "Working with key professional partners and an educational designer, our pharmacy academics have created an innovative and rigorous graduate entry curriculum.

"The programs utilise cutting-edge tools to integrate pharmaceutical science with clinical practice, technology and interdisciplinary skills. UTS pharmacy graduates will be competitive in the workplace. Not only will they have a strong foundation in pharmaceutical science, they will also be skilled in understanding its relevance and applying their knowledge in real-life situations."

Professor Benrimoj said the University's student focus and purpose-built facilities would offer students an enhanced learning experience. "Small cohorts and class sizes together with each student being assigned an academic mentor will set the UTS programs apart," he said.

"Students will also benefit from UTS’s investment in infrastructure – learning in a state-of-the-art simulated pharmacy, purpose built dry labs and comfortable student spaces for group and individual study."

Professionals interested in learning more about the proposed UTS courses can attend an Information Session on 8 September, 27 September or 11 October. See the home page for details and registration.

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