Broken Hill University Department of Rural health
The UDRH pharmacy program employs a part time Pharmacy Academic who conducts teaching and tutorial sessions with students. In addition, the students receive on-site support through pharmacist preceptors at the hospital and community pharmacies.
The pharmacy program has a designated Programs Coordinator who assists students in preparing for their placement, conducts orientation, prepares the program roster and provides communication updates and pastoral care whilst students are on placement.
The Broken Hill UDRH placements range from 6 to 8 weeks in length. The program is aimed at final year pharmacy students with an interest in rural and remote health.
Each cohort is provided with a one week intensive orientation program along with Cultural Education.
The program includes both a community and hospital placement in Broken Hill. 8 week placements include a “remote” placement in Bourke. Students spend a few days in one of the local Aged Care facilities where they have an opportunity to experience medication review services. There are also opportunities to spend time with a local pharmacist at an Aboriginal Medical Service. The placement also includes time at the Royal Flying Doctor Service and N.S.W Ambulance Service.
RURAL PHARMACY SUPPORT NETWORK
The Rural Pharmacy Support Network is a staff network of the Australian Rural Health Education Network.