Austraila Pharmacy Details

Study Pharmacy In Australia

Most Pharmacists in Australia practise in the community (i.e. retail businesses) or in hospitals. Some work in the pharmaceutical industry, academic and government institutions, the public service or the armed services.

Community pharmacists have a wide range of responsibilities, including:

Processing prescriptions;
Maintenance of patient medication records;
Health promotion, patient medication;
Primary health care;
Specialised medication;
Administration systems;
Services to patients with particular needs (eg. diabetics, asthmatics and the elderly);
Domiciliary care, nursing home and private hospital services;
Therapeutic device supply and fitting; and
Providing expert advice to medical practitioners and other health professionals.

Hospital pharmacists, in addition to the supply and control of medication within hospitals, also provide a wide range of special services, such as drug information, sterile medicines, radio-pharmacy, oncological, ward pharmacy and clinical services. They work closely with other health professionals to optimise drug therapy and patient care management.

The industrial pharmacist’s work involves the manufacture and distribution of drugs and medicinal products. This includes quality control, product development, formulation, production, management, research and technical sales including medical detailing. Industrial pharmacists need to be registered only if they distribute drugs and medicines to the public, although some organisations may only employ those who are eligible for registration.

Recognition Procedures in Australia

Each Australian State and Territory has separate legislation covering the recognition of pharmacy qualifications. To practise pharmacy you must be registered with the local State or Territory pharmacy registration authority. The unregistered practice of pharmacy is punishable by law.

Qualifications Gained in Australia

If you obtained your pharmacy qualifications in Australia and are intending to migrate to Australia you will need a formal skills assessment of your qualifications completed by APEC.

Qualifications Immediately Acceptable to Pharmacy Registration Authorities

If you obtained your pharmacy degree and licence to practise in the United Kingdom, Ireland or New Zealand you will be accepted for registration by all State and Territory pharmacy registering authorities. Conditions for registration will vary between the registering authorities, and you may need a short period of practical experience supervised by a pharmacist in Australia before you can be registered.

If you are intending to migrate to Australia you will need a skills assessment completed by APEC but will not be required to complete the APEC examination process.

Qualifications Not Immediately Acceptable to Registration Authorities

If your qualifications do not immediately meet the Australian requirements, there are 2 options:

Complete an Australian pharmacy degree course at a recognised Australian university. The qualifications awarded by these institutions satisfy the formal academic requirements for registration by all State and Territory pharmacy registering authorities. If you enrol in an award course, you may gain credit for your overseas studies. Universities are self-governing and determine their own entry requirements for credit transfers. You will then need to complete a period of supervised practical training – conditions vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
Undertake the examination process conducted by the Australian Pharmacy Examining Council (APEC). Applicants need to formally apply for an assessment to determine their eligibility to undertake the examination process.

Applicants must have completed an approved pharmacy course which included a minimum component of the equivalent of 3 years of full time academic study. The applicant must also be registered or be eligible for registration as a pharmacist in the country in which the qualification was obtained.

After successful completion of the Stage I Examination candidates must reside in Australia and have permission to work at least 25 hours per week (30 hours in New South Wales) to complete the remainder of the examination process.

The process is as follows:

Eligibility Assessment is an assessment of qualifications and associated documents to determine the applicant’s eligibility to undertake the APEC examination procedure;
Meet English Language requirements – a pass in the Occupational English Test (OET) or an overall score of Band 7 at the academic level of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a prerequisite;
Stage I Examination – a written multiple-choice-question examination covering basic pharmaceutical sciences;
Interview and counselling;
A period of supervised practice in an Australian pharmacy; and
Stage II Examination – a practical and oral examination covering the practice of pharmacy.
Counselling is mandatory throughout the procedure and is provided for candidates living in Australia by members of APEC.A skills assessment letter is issued upon successful completion of an Eligibility Assessment, English Language test and Stage I examination for migration purposes.

The satisfactory completion of the entire examination process is required before a candidate may apply for registration as a pharmacist with a relevant registering authority in Australia. The APEC examination procedure is only part of the total assessment by pharmacy registering authorities and you may have to meet other requirements to be able to practise as a pharmacist in Australia. All pharmacy registering authorities reserve the right to impose additional requirements to those stipulated by APEC.

Professional Organisations

Most pharmacists in Australia are members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia which operates through State and Territory branches. The Society and its branches are concerned with educational, ethical and professional aspects of pharmacy. Membership of the Society is open to any registered pharmacist. Student membership may be allowed which may give you access to continuing education seminars.

Specialised organisations concentrate on particular aspects of the profession in Australia – the Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (the pharmacy owners’ organisation) and the Salaried Pharmacists Association which looks after salaried pharmacists. Membership of these bodies is open to registered pharmacists working in these specific areas.

Education Course Length Programmes Website
Charles Darwin University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
Charles Sturt University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
Curtin University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
Griffith University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
James Cook University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
La Trobe University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
Monash University  4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
Queensland University of Technology 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
RMIT University 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Canberra 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of New England 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Newcastle 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Queensland 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of South Australia 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Sydney 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Sydney 5 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Tasmania 4 years B.Sc (Pharm)
University of Tasmania 3.5 years B.Sc (Pharm)

Student Visa Requirements / Visa Procedure For Australia

You need to apply for a student visa. To be granted a student visa you must complete a visa application form, lodge it with the evidence required, pay the application charge and satisfy the student visa requirements. You can be granted a student visa only if you intend to study a registered course on a full-time basis and meet with a number of visa conditions after you have entered Australia.

To be granted a student visa you must satisfy the visa requirements and meet with a number of visa conditions for attendance and academic performance which come into effect after your entry in Australia. Your Student (Temporary) Visa will list the conditions that apply specifically to you. It is important to meet with your visa conditions to avoid visa cancellation. Student visa information on this website is an outline only and subject to change.

The Student (Temporary) Visa has separate sub-classes for each education sector. You should apply under the visa sub-class for your principal course of study.

Australia Visa Requirements

Australian Student Visa applications are processed by Australian High Commission, New Delhi. Student now have to apply, if eligible, under SVP (Streamlined Visa processing), which has replacedPVA (Pre-Visa Assessment). The following is the list of documents to be submitted along with the Visa application:

Document Checklist

  1. Visa Application fee payable by Bank Draft favouring “Australian High Commission, New Delhi”
  2. Completed application form – 157A
  3. Nomination form 956 to be completed only if you are lodging through an agent
  4. Student has to pay the 1st Semester Fee and will then receive e-COE (Electronic-Confirmation Of Enrollment) from the institution
  5. Passport – Original passport is not required, instead all pages of current and previous passports, if any, to be notarized.
  6. Four recent passport size photos
  7. Statement of Purpose
  8. “Details of Relatives” form
  9. Guardianship form, if the student is under 18 years of age
  10. IELTS / TOEFL / PTE Scores
  11. All Mark sheets, Certificates, Degrees and Diplomas
  12. Reference letter from current employer and previous employer, if employed
  13. Affidavit of support from Sponsor
  14. Affidavit of support from Student
  15. Bank Statement / Bank Passbook for the last 3 months and current balance certificate
  16. Income Tax returns of the sponsor for the last 3 years
  17. Property Documents along with Valuation Report
  18. Details of acceptable funds in the form of a table / matrix
  19. Evidence of relationship with the sponsor
  20. Bank loan Sanction Letter (if applicable)
  21. Other Liquid Assets like Fixed Deposits, etc.

Visa Decision

As Australia has done away with student visa stamping in the passport to travel and enter Australia, a visa decision is intimated to the applicant electronically via email, once a decision has been made by the visa authorities.

If approved the department will send a Notification of Grant letter to your nominated postal or email address. It is recommended that you print this letter and keep it with you when you travel to and from Australia. This letter contains:

  1. your Visa Grant Number
  2. the validity date of your visa
  3. the visa conditions.

If not approved the department will send you a notification letter advising you of:

  1. the reasons for the refusal
  2. your review rights
  3. time limit for lodging an appeal.

Your rights for a review of the decision differ:

  1. if you lodged in Australia, the refusal letter advises you of your review rights and the time limit for lodging an appeal
  2. if you lodged outside Australia, you have no right for a review of the merits of the decision

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