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Study Pharmacy In Australia

Thinking about a career as a pharmacist? With certified Pharmacy degrees offered in every state of Australia, this means you will graduate with the latest knowledge to ensure that you have a competitive edge in your clinical practice.

Your training will equip you with the skills necessary to dispense and advise clients and other health care professionals about medication. As primary health care providers, pharmacists play a vital role in public health awareness.

Since pharmacists are increasingly working in different sectors, including government and the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, this means that your degree can open doors to a variety of employment opportunities.

Choosing to begin your pharmacy career in Australia means you can be part of an expanding and evolving workforce that helps to shape a healthier future for the next generation. Plus, working as a pharmacist is a stable to explore pathway to permanent residency, as this occupation is in demand given our ageing population.

Here is some information to get you started!

WHERE YOU CAN WORK AS A PHARMACIST

Most Pharmacists usually practice in the following settings, each with a different focus:

  • Retail/Community Pharmacists – ANZSCO 251513  : Are mainly involved in the dispensing of prescription medication to the general public. Their role as primary health care providers includes providing advice and educating customers about medication and disease prevention. They also assist doctors and health care practitioners with selecting medication. There is a strong retail component to this role as most community pharmacies sell over the counter medication and health-related goods.

 

  • Hospital Pharmacists – ANZSCO 251511 : Work in a hospital setting, usually within multidisciplinary teams which include doctors and nurses, to provide medication and advice to inpatients, the emergency department and outpatients. These patients frequently require complex medication that is rarely used outside of a hospital, making the duties of a hospital pharmacist both unique and challenging. They are often also involved in carrying out clinical trials.

 

  • Industrial Pharmacists – ANZSCO 251512 : Have often completed post-graduate studies following their undergraduate studies. They are mainly laboratory-based. Their work primarily focuses on research and innovation, as well the testing and analysis of pharmaceuticals. This enables Industrial Pharmacists to make important recommendations regarding drug development, manufacturing processes, distribution, storage and quality control.

PRESENT AND FUTURE JOB OUTLOOK

At present, Pharmacists remain on the Short Term Skilled Occupations List. It is estimated that there will be moderate growth in the number of pharmacists over the next 5 years. There is a higher demand for pharmacists in regional compared to metropolitan areas.

According to the 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey, Pharmacy undergraduates had one of the highest rates of full time employment upon graduation (95.5%), and after 3 years (93%).

While the wage as a provisional student pharmacist is low, this figure increases upon full qualification. The average weekly wage for a pharmacist is $1862, above the national average.

According to the Health Workforce Australia (2014), 63% of the workforce is employed in community Pharmacy and 18% in hospitals. Outside of the community and hospital settings, Pharmacists are employed in universities, state and federal health departments, and the pharmaceutical industry. An estimated 1.7% work with pharmaceutical manufacturers in drug regulation, information, and training.

The scope of practice for Pharmacists is expanding from the traditional community and hospital roles for example, pharmacists with extra training can now offer vaccinations. Others may elect to focus on advanced clinical care in management, compounding or medication management. In the future, Australian Pharmacists may even be able to prescribe some medication like their overseas counterparts.

WHERE TO STUDY PHARMACY

Below is a table listing all the Universities that offer Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science related qualifications. As it may be possible to obtain a credit with some subjects that overlap between the Science and Pharmacy degrees, we can assist you with this process.

 

Course

Institution

Required IELTS score

Bachelor of Pharmacy

Queensland University of Technology

7

 

Griffith University

7

 

University of Canberra

7

 

James Cook University

7

 

University of Sydney

7

 

Charles Sturt University

7

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

RMIT

6.5

 

University of Newcastle

7

 

University of Queensland

7

 

Monash University

6.5

 

Curtin University 

7

 

University of South Australia

6.5

 

Queensland University of Technology

7

 

Monash University (Malaysia)

6.5

 

Griffith University

7

 

Griffith University (Graduate Honours)

7

 

University of Tasmania (Graduate Honours)

6.5

 

James Cook University

7

 

La Trobe University

6.5

 

Charles Darwin University

6

 

University of New England

7

Bachelor of Pharmacy with

University of Tasmania

6.5

Applied Honours

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy

University of Technology Sydney

6.5

(International Pharmacy)

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy

University of Technology Sydney

6.5

and Management

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

University of Queensland

7

(Clinical and Experimental

 

 

Therapeutics)

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

University of Queensland

7

(Undeclared major)

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy

University of Technology Sydney

6.5

(Industrial Pharmacy)

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical

University of South Australia

6.5

Science/Bachelor of

 

 

Pharmacy (Honours)

 

 

Master of Pharmacy (Research)

University of Technology Sydney

7

 

University of Sydney

7

 

Curtin University

7

 

University of Canberra

7

 

Griffith University

7

 

University of Western Australia

6.5

Master of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Queensland

7

 

Monash University

7

 

University of South Australia

7

 

University of Tasmania

6.5

Master of Pharmacy

University of Technology Sydney

7

(International)

 

 

Master of Pharmaceutical

University of Queensland

6.5

Industry Practice

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Monash University

7

/Master of Pharmacy

 

 

Masters by Research in

University of South Australia

7

Pharmacy

 

 

Master of Philosophy (Pharmacy)

Curtin University

6.5

 

University of Newcastle

6.5

 

University of Sydney

7

 

University of Technology Sydney

6.5

Masters by Research (Pharmacy)

University of South Australia

7

Graduate Certificate in Clinical

University of Queensland

7

Pharmacy

 

 

Graduate Diploma of Clinical

University of Tasmania

6.5

Pharmacy

University of Queensland

7

Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy

University of Queensland

7

Practice

University of Sydney

7

 

University of South Australia

7

Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy

University of Western Australia

6.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Tasmania

6.5

(Pharmacy)

University of Sydney

7

 

Curtin University

6.5

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical

RMIT

6.5

Sciences

Monash University

6.5

 

University of South Australia

6.5

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical

Monash University

6.5

Science (Honours)

RMIT

6.5

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical

Monash University

6.5

Advanced (Honours)

 

 

Bachelor of Advanced Science

University of Technology Sydney

6.5

(Pharmaceutical Sciences major)

 

 

Bachelor of Biotechnology

University of Queensland

6.5

(Honours) (Drug Design and

 

 

 Development major)

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacology

Griffith University

6.5

and Toxicology

 

 

Bachelor of Pharmacology and

Griffith University

6.5

Toxicology (Honours)

 

 

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

University of Queensland

6.5

(Drug Design and

 

 

Development major)

 

 

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Deakin University

6

(Pharmaceutical Science)

 

 

Graduate Diploma in Medicine

University of Sydney

7

(Pharmaceutical and Medical

 

 

Device Development)

 

 

Graduate Diploma in Science in

University of Sydney

7

Medicine (Pharmaceutical and

 

 

Medical Device Development)

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Science in

University of Sydney

7

Medicine (Pharmaceutical and

 

 

Medical Device Development)

 

 

Graduate Diploma in

University of Tasmania

6.5

Pharmaceutical Science

 

 

Graduate Certificate in

University of Canberra

6.5

Pharmacology

 

 

Graduate Certificate of

James Cook University

 

Pharmaceutical Public Health

 

 

Graduate Certificate in

University of Canberra

7

Pharmacotherapy

 

 

Graduate Certificate in

University of Technology Sydney

7

Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

 

Master of Pharmaceutical

University of Technology Sydney

7

Sciences (Research)

 

 

Masters by Research in

University of South Australia

7

Pharmaceutical Sciences

 

 

Master of Pharmaceutical

University of Tasmania

6.5

Science

 

 

Master of Pharmaceutical

University of Queensland

6.5

Industry Practice

 

 

Master of Pharmaceutical

University of New South Wales

6.5

Medicine

 

 

Master of Medicine

University of Sydney

7

(Pharamaceutical and Medical

 

 

Device Development)

 

 

Master of Medicine (Advanced)

University of Sydney

7

(Pharmaceutical and Medical

 

 

Device Development)

 

 

Master of Science in Medicine

University of Sydney

7

(Pharmaceutical and Medical

 

 

Device Development)

 

 

Master of Science in Medicine

University of Sydney

7

(Advanced) (Pharmaceutical and

 

 

Medical Device Development)

 

 

Bachelor in Engineering and

Monash University

6.5

Pharmaceutical Science

 

 

 

HOW TO WORK AS A PHARMACIST IN AUSTRALIA

  1. BECOME REGISTERED
  2. All Pharmacists must be registered through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to practice in Australia. Initial general registration through AHPRA costs AUD $410 and provisional registration is AUD $141.

    To obtain a general registration, all provisionally registered student pharmacists must have completed at least 75% of training hours of their Intern Training Program through an accredited provider.

    They are required to pass both the Intern Written Exam (via the Australian Pharmacy Council, cost AUD $693) and oral examination (2 components, total cost $640 via AHPRA). The Australian Pharmacy Council English language skills registration standard requires a score of 7.5 in the IELTS academic module.

    Upon obtaining a general provisional registration to practice in Australia, it is possible to apply for a Skill Assessment letter from the Australian Pharmacy Council, which costs $1260. This letter is a requirement in finding employment and migrating to Australia.

    To obtain a Skill Assessment letter, the following documentation is required:

    -- Academic Qualifications: Degree certificate or letter of completion, academic transcript

    -- Proof of Identity: current passport

    To work as an Industrial Pharmacist (ANZSCO 251512) in Australia also requires evidence of employment. This assessment is carried out by VETASSESS, and costs AUD $968. Alongside holding a minimum Bachelor degree, you will need to demonstrate at least 1 year of employment in this specific field, at an appropriate skill level within the last 5 years, working at least 20 hours per week.

  3. OBTAIN A VISA
  4. After registering as a Pharmacist, it is necessary to hold a valid Visa to stay in Australia for short term work or to become a permanent resident/Australian citizen. Here is a list of Visas that can assist with this process:

    • 190 - Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) – From AUD $4095 : For pharmacists, an expression of interest for this permanent Visa can be made through SkillSelect. You will then receive an invitation to apply for this Visa. The application must be submitted within 60 days of the invitation.
    • 407 - Training visa (subclass 407) – From AUD $310 : This is a temporary Visa which can be granted for up to 2 years to pharmacists who are completing professional development or workplace-based training that is relevant to their occupation.
    • 482 - Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) - Short Term Stream – From AUD $1265 : This can be granted for 2-4 years to pharmacists who are working for employers that are unable to source an Australian worker for the same role.
    • 187 - Regional Sponsor Migration Scheme (subclass 187) – From AUD $4095 : This is a permanent Visa available to pharmacists who are under a transitional subclass 457 or 482 visa, and are nominated by their employer, for whom they have been working with full-time for at least 3 years.
    • 494 - Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (subclass 494) - Employer sponsored stream – From AUD $4095 : This 5 year visa enables pharmacists who are living, working and studying in designated regional areas to be sponsored their employer, who is unable to source an Australian worker for the same position. Pharmacists can subsequently apply for permanent residency 3 years after the 494 is granted.
    • 491 - Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491) State or Territory nominated – From AUD $4095 : Pharmacists who intend to live, work and study in designated regional areas can apply for this 5 year Visa. Once this Visa is granted, they can then apply for permanent residency 3 years thereafter.

At IDP, we would love to help you to kickstart your career in Pharmacy. You may even want to stay on after completing your degree, and work with other passionate Pharmacists, to deliver quality health care in Australia. If this sounds like you, please contact us anytime for further information.

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