Issue 16
Monday, 25 September 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Pharmacy students Brandon Lim (left) and Omar Khan, pictured with mentor Rohan Rasiah, have returned from their remote placements in the Pilbara
Pharmacy students Brandon Lim (left) and Omar Khan, pictured with mentor Rohan Rasiah, have returned from their remote placements in the Pilbara

Pharmacy students explore challenges of the Pilbara

By Ellie Turner

Six weeks of work experience in remote Australia has inspired two Darwin-based pharmacy students.

Fourth year pharmacy students Brandon Lim and Omar Khan completed placements at several businesses in the remote mining towns of Karratha and Newman, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Brandon said the dedicated health professionals they were placed with onsite worked hard to ensure patients received the right care and necessary medication in the isolated towns and nearby Indigenous communities.

“Pharmacies are often the first point of contact for people who are unwell,” Brandon said.

“We got to experience the good rapport pharmacists have with doctors.”

He said the experience had opened his eyes to the challenges of remote health care and the flexibility and collaboration required to ensure clients received good care.

“I am interested in pursuing a career to help ensure remote Australians are not disadvantaged due to their remote location, difficulty accessing services and pharmacist shortages,” he said.

Pharmacy lecturer Dr Mary Bushell said students also completed placements at Mt Isa, Alice Springs, Katherine and Nhulunbuy.

“Getting out to rural and remote Australia enables students to see first-hand the challenges and rewards of practising pharmacy in the bush,” Dr Bushell said.