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La Trobe University (School of Pharmacy and Applied Science)

Pharmacy was first taught in Bendigo in 1879, with 35 students enrolled in an Intermediate Pharmacy program in 1936.

In about 1998 a few community pharmacists got together to see if the low numbers of pharmacists and pharmacy students being attracted to Regional and Rural pharmacies could be overcome by setting up a new Bachelor of Pharmacy degree here at La Trobe University, Bendigo. The rest is history. A new programme started in 1999 with an intake of 25 students selected from rural areas and now we have a thriving programme with about 60 first year students enrolled, 2 lots of graduands and 1 batch of real-live pharmacists. Starting small we pride ourselves, as from our Mission statement and our Vision statement, in being a friendly and happy School, in touch with what modern-day pharmacists need for innovative practices. Practices that will all enhance patient care.

The School of Pharmacy offers two degrees: Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours.

The Bachelor of Pharmacy course in Bendigo was developed to address the serious shortage of pharmacists in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. The program emphasis patient care, rural health issues and the place of the pharmacist as a member of the primary health care team. Students study subjects in science and public health alongside students in other courses.

Graduates will find ready employment in community or hospital pharmacies throughout Australia. The course will equip them for work in smaller population centres through the provision of a range of subjects including rural health, placements in rural pharmacies, and opportunities to forge strong relationships with other health professionals.

The Pharmacy School of La Trobe University considers its mission: their innovative course will ensure that pharmacy graduates acquire the necessary competencies to practise pharmacy at a high standard in an evolving health care environment and make a positive contribution to the health of the community.

School name:La Trobe UniversitySchool of Pharmacy and Applied Science
Address:Edwards Road
Zip & city:VIC 3552 Victoria
Phone:+61 1 5444 7351

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