Rmit Launches New Pharmacy Degree In 2011

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RMIT launches new Pharmacy degree in 2011


RMIT University’s School of Medical Sciences is launching a Bachelor of

Pharmacy degree – the first new Pharmacy degree in Melbourne in 129 years.


From 2011, students will be provided with a traditional education leading to

registration as pharmacists, as well as access to an array of career opportunities

within biomedical research and the wider pharmaceuticals sector.


The program provides cutting-edge training in areas of increasing demand such as

pharmacovigilance and clinical trials, offering graduates a wider range of

pharmacy-related skills and outcomes in research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Graduates will also have access to research opportunities through RMIT’s Health

Innovations Research Institute.


Newly appointed Discipline Head of Pharmacy at RMIT, Professor Peter Little, is

excited by the prospect of educating a new generation of pharmacists. “Our

students will be provided with a traditional education leading to registration as

pharmacists, as well as access to an array of career opportunities within

biomedical research and the wider pharmaceuticals sector.”


The program will be based at RMIT’s Bundoora campus, with an intake of about 40

students. “We have consciously kept our intake to only a small number of students

to allow the development of an innovative and intimate program that focuses on

patient interaction,” Professor Little said


“RMIT looks forward to contributing to the health of Victorians through the activities

of its students and staff, and subsequently through the provision of pharmacists for

the many roles that we envisage for these specialist health professionals.”


With newly-developed and modern teaching modules that prepare pharmacists

using an integrated study platform, the degree features clinical placement

opportunities in both hospital and community pharmacies, as well as the

pharmaceutical industry.


The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) has granted RMIT preliminary approval

for the program as a qualification intended to lead to becoming a pharmacist in

Australia and New Zealand. Recognition of the degree as an appropriate

qualification is subject to the granting of provisional accreditation. RMIT becomes

eligible to apply for provisional accreditation after about 12 months of teaching.


For interviews: Professor Peter Little, Head of Pharmacy, 0417 530 981, or

Professor Harry Majewski, Head of the School of Medical Sciences, 0437 585

249 or (03) 9925 7062.


For general media enquiries: University Communications, David Glanz, (03)

9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.

18 October, 2010   






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