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A reciprocal relationship: informing a professionís competency standards


Nash, R and Chalmers, L and Stupans, I and Brown, N, A reciprocal relationship: informing a profession's competency standards, Research and Development in Higher Education: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World, 6-9 July 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 368-382. ISSN 1441-001X (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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More than ever, pharmacy graduates require broad-ranging knowledge, skills and attitudes (competency) to enable them to be responsive and adaptable professionals in a rapidly changing Australian healthcare system - a system reliant on individuals working in interdisciplinary teams managing an increasing chronic health burden. These workplace competencies are declared through pharmacistsí registration requirements and the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia (NCS). To ensure practice readiness, learning must be grounded in the essential competencies defined by the profession. The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency and Australian Pharmacy Council mandate that Australian pharmacy courses evidence that the NCS inform their curricula. Literature suggests international pharmacy curricula are also informed by competency standards. Interviews with key stakeholders were analysed using thematic analysis to offer an insight into Australian pharmacy educatorsí perspectives on the current use, enablers of and barriers to use of the NCS. The authorsí resulting recommendations may prove useful in informing the renewal of the NCS and improve their usability for all members of the pharmacy ecosystem, including educators.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:pharmacy education, competency standards, thematic analysis
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
UTAS Author:Chalmers, L (Dr Leanne Chalmers)
UTAS Author:Brown, N (Professor Natalie Brown)
ID Code:102282
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2015-08-10
Last Modified:2018-03-19

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