TAFE offers the first-ever pharmacy course

For the first time, those who want to study pharmacy will not have to leave Deniliquin to do so.

Deniliquin TAFE has launched a community pharmacy course in the region, which will be offered via virtual classroom at the Connected Learning Center on the Deniliquin campus.

Certificate III in Community Pharmacy will equip locals with the practical skills and work experience needed to gain employment as pharmacy assistants.

The community pharmacy sector employs over 41,000 people nationwide and generates nearly $20 billion annually.

TAFE NSW community pharmacy teacher Catie Kenyon, who previously ran a large pharmacy for more than a decade, said demand was high for pharmacy assistants in the area.

She said the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role pharmacists play in managing and treating community health.

“Pharmacies have been giving vaccines and RAT tests during COVID and it’s really boosted the trust the community has in their pharmacy assistants,” Ms. Kenyon said.

“Having qualified, quality staff is essential to ensure pharmacies continue to relieve the healthcare system and a TAFE NSW qualification will give you the practical skills to thrive in the industry.

“It’s such a rewarding job; you get to know your clients on a personal level and help make a difference in their health and well-being.

Ms Kenyon said Certificate III in Community Pharmacy was the minimum requirement expected by most employers.

Units offered in the course include infection control procedures, vitamins and minerals, pain relief, and baby and infant care.

“The key for us is that when a customer comes in, our graduates know what to give them and take some of the work out of the pharmacist,” Ms Kenyon said.

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