The Broken Hill UDRH helps organise and support a pharmacy placement program, that usually lasts for four to six weeks. During this time students will get a chance to experience rural and remote practice in both the clinical and community setting.
Students are placed within one of three community pharmacy where they will spend the majority of their placement and can expect to experience all aspect of community pharmacy as well as an opportunity to spend a day at Maari Ma (the Aboriginal Health Service) with one of our accredited pharmacists, carry out some home medications reviews and participate in projects and audits at local aged care facilities and outback health services.
Students will also have a chance to spend a week within the pharmacy department at the Health service, where they will rotate around the different wards of the hospital with each of our clinical pharmacists and we also try to organise some time out in community pharmacies in the surrounding community, such as Menindee or Wilcannia to give you an opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in a more remote setting.
Overall a placement with the Broken Hill UDRH exposes students to many of the aspects of pharmacy practice, demonstrates what rural and remote practice can offer them in their future careers and show them the difference they can make in regional and remote communities.
Though the extended placement offers a more inclusive rural experience we do also offer 2-3 week placements which include additional experiences to community pharmacy alone.
If you would like to find out more about pharmacy placements in the Far West Region (Broken Hill), please contact Andrew Johnson or Robyn Phillips.
For placements in the North West Region (Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Lightning Ridge and Walgett), please contact Helen O'Callaghan.