Gain more than a master’s, gain a profession
UWA’s Division of Pharmacy provides excellence in pharmacy education and research. We are committed to graduating students who are future leaders in the profession and promote the highest standards.
Our students acquire knowledge in areas of pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, and biomedicine and biotechnology, including practical training in community and hospital pharmacy.
Our program differs in many respects from others; most notable is our small yearly intake of about 50 students who are selected from a pool of applicants each year.
This fosters an excellent learning culture and our students complete their work in small groups with readily available access to academic and professional staff, plus a superior level of peer support.
To produce leaders in the profession of pharmacy and enhance the quality of life of Australians through the practice of pharmacy.
- To produce graduates who:
- are competent pharmacist practitioners
- have in-depth understanding of the role played by the pharmacist in the broader community
- are prepared to provide leadership in pharmaceutical health care delivery
- have an appreciation of the basic and applied sciences relevant to the practice of pharmacy
- have insight into the benefits research in pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice
We are committed to developing pharmacy professionals whose practice is based on excellence in competency, integrity and care. In every aspect of pharmacy we are accountable, from world-class teaching and research, to professional practice and patient-centred care. We will deliver the highest quality education to ensure the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow.
Collaboration and Collegiality
We operate collegially to foster meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations with students, staff, patients and other stakeholders. We encourage involvement and teamwork and highly value integrity and transparency in our working with others.
We acknowledge and celebrate difference and will involve and empower students and staff through encouragement, development and mentoring. We seek to understand the perspective, approach and ideas of others to create an environment of belonging and self-worth.
We promote effective and transparent communication with students, staff, patients and other healthcare professionals. We embrace timely and collaborative communication.
We embrace flexibility, creativity and leadership to create proactive solutions to current and future challenges.
Teaching delivered by practising expert pharmacists
Significant research project with the opportunity to complete rurally or internationally
Culturally sensitive teaching
On Wednesday 28th October, first year Master of Pharmacy students had the opportunity to hear the story of Clive Morrison, a Noongar man, and his lived experience of abuse, homelessness, addiction and prison. His goal is to share his story to raise awareness around reconciliation and the struggles Aboriginal people face based on the history of colonisation in this country. Clive recited a poem he had written and also sang two songs for our students on his guitar.
This special presentation was offered to the students in the preparation week prior to their first community placement, where 12 students will be travelling to rural and remote communities.
Students that attended provided feedback on their biggest take-away from the workshop…
‘The importance of understanding Indigenous culture and being respectfully curious to learn more about our past, the people we meet and striving to build positive relations within our communities.'
‘That the hurt from past generations is not as long ago as I thought and that it is been carried down to the current generations.'
‘How complicated and deep-rooted systemic racism is in our daily lives.’
‘My biggest take away was that there’s so much to the Indigenous community that I still don't know about and that whenever I get the chance to meet an Indigenous person to ask about their story’
‘Eye opening experience for me when hearing from living truth like Mr Clive Morrison. When I get to hear the story of Clive and the impact on his life, I can only imagine how much pain and struggle all of them have to endure to get to where they are today and it is just the beginning. The most heart-breaking part was hearing that they were not allowed in some of the government building till 15 years ago and we have never learnt about that in school. I’m now more culturally aware and more respectful towards Aboriginal and Torres islanders.’
Pharmacy graduate connects generations during isolation
A new pen pal program connects elderly and socially-isolated pharmacy patients with primary school students.Read more
UWA graduate named intern pharmacist of the year
A pharmacy graduate from UWA has been named Intern Pharmacist of the Year on World Pharmacists Day, beating a strong field of intern pharmacists around the country.Read more
UWA pharmacy student wins national award
A pharmacy student at UWA has been named Pharmacy Student of the Year, beating a strong field of finalists from universities around the country.Read more
Melinda Boss is a pioneer of research into human lactation.Read more about Melinda Boss
Liza Seubert is an experienced registered pharmacist and the head of division for Pharmacy at The University of Western Australia. She has extensive pharmacy experience with more than 28 years in community pharmacy, governance and teaching, and has been an academic at UWA since 2008.Read more about Liza Seubert
Associate Professor Connie Locher
Associate Professor Connie Locher is a research specialist in medicinal honeys and plants and teaches units in the Master of Pharmacy.Read more about Connie Locher
Associate Lecturer Amanda Mannolini
Amanda Mannolini is an Associate Lecturer for Pharmacy at UWA. She is a passionate educator for future pharmacists and is the rural placement coordinator for students interested in rural placements during their studies.Read more about Amanda Mannolini
Natalia Popowicz is a lecturer in Pharmacy at UWA. She is passionate about inspiring the learning of future pharmacists.Read more about Natalia Popowicz
Dr Kenneth Lee
Dr Kenneth Lee is a senior lecturer for Pharmacy Practice at UWA. Dr Lee completed a PhD (2015) and a Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours (2010), before joining UWA.Read more about Kenneth Lee
Dr Deena Ashoorian
Dr Deena Ashoorian is an academic and researcher in the Pharmacy program at UWA’s School of Allied Health. During her career, Professor Ashoorian has worked many years as a community pharmacist in Australia and overseas.Read more about Deena Ashoorian
Professor Rhonda Clifford
Professor Rhonda Clifford is the Head of School for Allied Health at the University of Western Australia. Professor Clifford has a significant service portfolio both within UWA and externally via professional pharmacy and other organisations.Read more about Rhonda Clifford
Our research disciplines
UWA has been rated as well above world standard (level 5) for Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences fields of research in the 2018 Excellence in Research Australia results.
This UWA this research project aims to characterise the spectrum of antimicrobial activity and chemical composition of Western Australian honeys.Read more about Natural Medicines
UWA’s respiratory research explores the key areas of pleural infection, asthma and cystic fibrosis, and improving patient care within these areas.Read more about Respiratory research