Preparing community pharmacists for a role in mental health: An evaluation of accredited Australian pharmacy programs

Mey, Amary, Hattingh, Laetitia, Davey, Andrew K., Knox, Kathy, Fejzic, Jasmina and Wheeler, Amanda J. (2015) Preparing community pharmacists for a role in mental health: An evaluation of accredited Australian pharmacy programs. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 7 3: 371-377. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2014.12.020


Author Mey, Amary
Hattingh, Laetitia
Davey, Andrew K.
Knox, Kathy
Fejzic, Jasmina
Wheeler, Amanda J.
Title Preparing community pharmacists for a role in mental health: An evaluation of accredited Australian pharmacy programs
Journal name Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-1297
1877-1300
Publication date 2015-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cptl.2014.12.020
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 371
End page 377
Total pages 7
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Formatted abstract
Background
Australian community pharmacists are well placed to provide medication-related support and contribute to optimization of outcomes for mental health consumers and their caregivers. However, little is known about the actual competencies of community pharmacists to provide this care. To determine how graduates are being prepared to competently assist mental health consumers and their caregivers, an exploration of the mental health content of university pharmacy programs that set the foundation for pharmacists’ professional roles is needed.

Aim
To investigate the mental health content of accredited Australian pharmacy qualifying programs.

Method
A review of publically available online profile information for accredited degree programs was conducted, and program coordinators from the 18 accredited pharmacy degree programs providers in Australia were surveyed.

Results
Mental health education is embedded in core subjects such as pharmacology, pharmacotherapy, and pharmacy practice. Multiple options are employed to deliver mental health teaching, including lectures, workshops, and experiential learning. However, while education is intended to align with pharmacists’ expected level of professional competencies, there is a lack of national standardized outcome-based competency criteria for new graduates and wide-ranging inter-program variations were evident.

Conclusion
A lack of standardized content in pharmacy qualifying programs that underpin pharmacists’ mental health knowledge and skills might result in variations to practice competencies. Further work is needed to determine how variations impact the way pharmacists deliver care to mental health consumers and their caregivers.
Keyword Community pharmacy
Education
Mental health
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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