Ms Judith Burrows
BPharm, UQ , DipEd, UQ , MClinPharm, UQ , GradCertHigherEd, UQ, PhD Candidate, UQ
Dr Treasure McGuire
PhD, UQ, B Pharm, UQ, BSc (Pharmacology), UQ, CHEd, UQ, GradDipClinHospPharm, UQ CertIVTAE, Mater Education RTO
Dr Karen Luetsch
BPharm,PhD, Wuerzburg, Grad Cert Clin Ed, Flinders University
Associate Professor Alexandra Clavarino
BSocSc, UQ, BA (Hon 1), UQ, PhD (Medical Sociology), UQ
Ms Carla Scuderi
B Pham, UQ, MClinPharm, UQ
Dr Adam LaCaze
PhD (Philosophy), University of Sydney , BA(Hons) in Philosophy, UQ , GDipClinPharm, UQ , BPharm, UQ

Suppose you were a community or hospital pharmacist in Townsville or Darwin prior to 2009, wanting to undertake postgraduate study in clinical pharmacy, to advance your practice and expand your career opportunities. The only option would be to arrange leave and fly to Brisbane to attend 4 to 8, week-long residential teaching blocks per year, and pay for accommodation in addition to course fees. This was not a feasible option for most pharmacists.
As a consequence, student numbers in the Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy (PGCP) program remained low. In addition, student evaluations were suboptimal. At the same time, the healthcare system had a growing need for pharmacists with the clinical skills to embrace evolving roles beyond dispensing and supply of medicines. These roles included providing clinical medication review services, to avoid harm and optimise medicines use.
These were the challenges faced by the PCGP team, who from 2009, pioneered the transition from a face-to-face to a more flexible program that could be studied online. The team worked with a shared vision to design a program to develop the clinical practice of pharmacists from metropolitan, rural, interstate and international locations, working in a range of practice settings with differing levels of experience.

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