Roles and responsibilities
To qualify as a pharmacist:
Complete a Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) with a relevant major as your first degree.
Complete the postgraduate Master of Pharmacy to qualify as a pharmacist.
Complete an internship under the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
Refer to the study pathways on this page for more information.
- prepare or supervise the dispensing of medicines
- advise patients on how their medicines are to be taken or used in the safest and most effective way
- advise members of the public and other health professionals about medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter medicines), including appropriate selection, dosage and drug interactions, potential side effects and therapeutic effects
provide primary care advice to patients in community pharmacies, treating or referring as appropriate
- specialise in advanced practice areas such as oncology, infectious diseases or diabetes
- develop legally recognised standards, and advise on government controls and regulations concerning the quality use of medicines work in the research and development of medicines and patient-centred health care
You may choose to work in hospital pharmacy where you are the medicines expert in the multidisciplinary team taking care of patients. There are many career avenues in hospital pharmacy such as ward or clinical pharmacist, drug information pharmacist, or you may specialise in areas such as oncology or work in clinical trials.