Phar­macy ex­pands at James Cook

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JAMES Cook Univer­sity is ex­pand­ing its phar­macy pro­gram to of­fer stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to base them­selves in Cairns and MacKay as well as on the Townsville cam­pus.

The univer­sity’s Head of Phar­macy, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor John Smith­son, told the airns ! st that the pro­gram would give stu­dents a greater choice when it comes to their lo­ca­tion.

“Where pre­vi­ously stu­dents had to re­lo­cate to Townsville to study the Bach­e­lor of Phar­macy on cam­pus, from next year they will be able to choose from three lo­ca­tions,” he said.

“The course will be taught through a mix of on­line and on­cam­pus ses­sions.

“Flex­i­ble de­liv­ery means ev­ery­one, from school leavers to those plan­ning a ca­reer change while bal­anc­ing work and fam­ily, will be able to com­plete this de­gree in Cairns [or MacKay].

“This is a big step for­ward for the pro­fes­sion, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to train phar­ma­cists in the re­gions that need them.”

Cairns-based phar­macy owner, and James Cook Univer­sity’s Phar­macy Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee Chair, Nick Loukas, said the de­ci­sion to ex­pand the course into the univer­sity’s Cairns and MacKay cam­puses was a sig­nif­i­cant boost for the North Queens­land univer­sity.

“This new of­fer­ing means we can grow our own phar­macy pro­fes­sion­als,” he said.

“There are many op­por­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ate phar­ma­cists in our re­gion and with the ex­tended scope of prac­tice now avail­able, it’s a re­ward­ing ca­reer.”

The de­ci­sion to take the univer­sity’s phar­macy pro­gram to mul­ti­ple cam­puses was an­nounced as the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment pre­pares a $150 mil­lion res­cue pack­age to as­sist the state’s uni­ver­si­ties cope with the im­pact of COVID-19.

Pre­mier, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, said the fund­ing would help keep uni­ver­si­ties open in the state and safe­guard jobs.

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