The Broken Hill UDRH organizes and supports a pharmacy placement program, that lasts from two to six weeks depending on your University’s requirements. During this time students will have the chance to experience rural and remote pharmacy practice in a number of different settings.
Placement sites are available in Broken Hill as well as other remote towns within Far West NSW. Depending on the town you have your placement, there will be different pharmacy experiences available but all will allow you to see a different side of pharmacy than you can experience in the city, allow you to meet a heap of friendly people and by the end you will have new appreciation of how important pharmacists are to a rural community.
The emphasis for our placements is for students to not only develop technical skills but experience a broad range of clinical placement settings which may include traditional roles within community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy but also experiences within developing areas for pharmacists such as aged care, aboriginal health services and general practice surgeries.
A pharmacy student placement in the Far West NSW is like no other! A normal week might include a tutorial on rural health; going on a home medicine review visit with a local pharmacist; spending the day with a pharmacist at the local Aboriginal Health Service; using the community pharmacy robot to pack for some of the 900 weekly Webster pack patients; working within the hospital pharmacy; assisting with staff-education at the local aged care facilities or completing medication directed audits within a local general practice.
Your week may even include a flight with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to a remote clinic. You won’t have time to be bored on a Broken Hill pharmacy placement.
Whether you are hoping to work in a large metropolitan hospital or remote community pharmacy, a rural pharmacy placement will give you an introduction to the health challenges faced by rural and remote communities and the role pharmacists play is assisting people in achieving the best possible health outcomes.
If you would like to find out more about pharmacy placements in the Far West Region (Broken Hill), please contact Andrew Johnson or Education Support Officer, Robyn Phillips.
For placements in the North West Region (Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Lightning Ridge and Walgett), please contact Andrew Johnson or Cheryl Swinton.