What is the research study about? 

The purpose of this research project is to evaluate how a new suite of pharmacy intern workplace based assessment tools are being used across diverse pharmacy workplaces. Workplace based assessments (WBA) are structured activities that support workplace learning, provision of feedback and decisions about intern readiness to practice independently.

In 2022, the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) produced an initial suite of workplace-based assessment tools to support pharmacy intern training and assessment. The tools have been introduced into the supervised practice period by Intern Training Programs (ITPs). 

Who is conducting the research? 

This research project is being conducted by researchers from the University of Newcastle, the Australian Pharmacy Council, and Monash University. The research team members are listed below. 

Who is funding the research? 

This research project is funded by the APC. We are the national accreditation authority for pharmacy education and training working with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. 

Who can participate in the research? 

  • Provisionally registered (intern) pharmacists
  • Pharmacist preceptors, supervising pharmacists
  • Lead pharmacist educators in hospital settings
  • Professional pharmacists in community pharmacy banner groups   

What does participation involve? 

You can participate by joining an online focus group, an online one-on-one interview or by anonymous survey. You will be eligible to enter a prize draw to win one of six $50 eGift cards. 

Do I have to take part in this research study? 

No. Participation in this research study is voluntary. If you do not want to take part, you do not have to. Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you in any way and will not affect your relationship with the research team. If you decide to participate and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw at any time.

What is the benefit of participating in this research study? 

By participating, your feedback will be used to refine the tools and processes for workplace-based assessment for future interns, contributing to a safe and competent future pharmacy workforce. 

Do you need more information? 

If you would like more information about this research project, please write to us on projects@pharmacycouncil.org.au 

Concerns or complaints about this research 

This project has been approved the University of Newcastle’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Protocol Number H-2023-0081. 

If you have concerns or if you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, you can contact the Chief Dr Hayley Croft (Principle Investigator) at  Hayley.Croft@newcastle.edu.au.  

If you would prefer to contact someone independent of the research project, you can forward your concerns to:  

Human Research Ethics Officer 

Research and Innovation Services  

University of Newcastle 

University Drive 

Callaghan NSW 2308,  Australia  

Phone: (02) 4921 6333  

Email: Human-Ethics@newcastle.edu.au 

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