12 October 2011

University of Queensland pharmacy students are being given the opportunity to build on their internship experience, thanks to a new UQ training program.

The Australian Pharmacy Council has accredited UQ’s School of Pharmacy to deliver the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education’s (NAPE) Pharmacy Intern Training Program.

The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their internship year by completing a further year of part-time study and obtain a formal postgraduate qualification from UQ, the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice.

Head of the UQ School of Pharmacy Professor Nick Shaw said the program would provide students with further opportunities to gain valuable postgraduate qualification.

“Our intern training program will provide a case-based learning experience that will enhance the transition from internships to cutting-edge professions,” he said.

“We have experienced educators and pharmacy experts, practising in a variety of settings, who will assist the interns on their journey to becoming competent pharmacists.”

The program uses online, face-to-face and self-directed modes of education, and allows pharmacy interns to easily access their coursework, irrespective of their location.

Formed in 2010 by UQ, Monash University, University of South Australia and The University of Sydney, NAPE aims to support the ongoing advancement of the pharmacy profession as a key contributor to the healthcare team.

The NAPE Intern Training Program offers cutting-edge education from universities at the forefront of pharmacy education and research in Australia.

Minimum entrance requirements are a degree or equivalent qualification in pharmacy from Australia or New Zealand. All applicants must be registered as an intern pharmacist with the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

Commonwealth-supported places are also available for this program.

For further information visit www.uq.edu.au/pharmacy/itp

Media Enquiries: Dr Karen Whitfield, karen.whitfield@uq.edu.au; 3346 1988 or Ms Stephanie Dunn: s.dunn@uq.edu.au