Pharmacy - Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
|The pharmacy department provides pharmaceutical services to all patients of the Peter Mac. The department is staffed by forty-eight dedicated individuals who provide a consistently high standard of care to patients. |
Key aspects of the services provided include clinical, research and educational activities as well as efficient medication procurement and distribution.
Advanced pharmacy technician roles have been development and include training in cytotoxic preparation and support for the ward pharmacy services.
|This involves provision of clinical pharmacy services for inpatients and outpatients, drug distribution, specialized manufacturing and drug information services. Other activities include involvement in clinical trials, practice based pharmacy research and various educational programs. The department is open weekdays and for a limited service on Saturdays. An on-call pharmacist is available 24hours per day for patient related aspects of service when the department is closed.|
Specialized services include preparation of chemotherapy in the state of the art aseptic cleanroom facility, professionally accredited training programs for external clients, involvement in udergraduate and postgraduate training and resourcing of the Drug Information Centre.
The pharmacy service is part of the Division of Haematology and Medical Oncology.
|Professional Affiliations of the Pharmacy|
|Special Programs |
|The following services are provided from this area: |
|The Drug Information Centre is located within the pharmacy on UG level, Smorgon Family Building.|
|The Clinical Trials service is located within the pharmacy on UG level, Smorgon Family Building.|
|The Cytotoxic Suite is located on level 5, West Wing, Tower Block. |
|Hours of Operation:|
|Week Days: 0830 hours - 1700 hours |
Saturdays and Public Holidays: 1000 hours - 1200 hours
A pharmacist is on-call and can be contacted through the Patient Services Manager.
|Main Pharmacy |
|General Enquiries: 03-9656 1018 |
Fax: 03-9656 1405
Dispensary: 03-9656 1208
|Drug Information Centre |
|The Drug Information Centre is available to the medical staff at PMCI and other healthcare providers, both locally and nationally. The Drug Information Service is networked through the Australian Drug Information Network (ANDIN). Resources include specialised electronic databases, drug-related journals and specific primary texts.|
The centre specializes in cancer chemotherapy and support therapies. Although the centre is not promoted to patients, enquires from patients will be answered if within the scope of the service.
The services are coordinated by a senior pharmacist who is experienced in conducting database searches and literature evaluation.
|Hours: 0830-1700 Mon-Fri |
Phone: 03-9656 1211
Fax: 03-9656 1405
Page: Senior Pharmacist 1262
|Cytotoxic Suite |
|Phone: 03-9656 1206 / 7 |
Fax: 03-9656 1407
|Day Ward Pharmacy |
|Phone: 03-9656 1210|
Fax: 03-9656 1415
|Medication Supply |
The pharmacy department dispenses medication to all patients of the Peter Mac. There is no charge for medication that is given to public patients whilst they are an inpatient of the hospital. However, charges may be incurred for medication supplied on discharge from the hospital and to patients presenting prescriptions from outpatients.
When patients receive medication on discharge or as an outpatient they need show their medicare card or have already had the details recorded when admitted to the hospital. In addition, those patients with a Centrelink concession card, Veteran's Repatriation Health card or Safety Net card need to provide these details prior to having medication dispensed.
The pharmacy provides dispensing services to all patients. Patients are counselled regarding all medication dispensed. Medication counselling charts and printed medication information are provided. There is a private counseling area that patients are able to utilize to enable private discussions between themselves and pharmacists regarding their medication.
The pharmacy is only able to dispense medication from prescriptions written by the medical staff of the Institute. Many of the medications prescribed are reimbursed through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
Patients are able to obtain many medications subsidized through the PBS and therefore need show their Medicare card, Centrelink concession card, Veteran's Repatriation Health card or Safety Net card prior to having medication dispensed.
| A wide range of educational services are offered by the pharmacy, with a number of staff holding appointments with Monash University. The department is involved in clinical tutoring programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.|
Formalised and accredited education programs have been developed and are attended by participants locally, nationally and internationally.
|Experiential placements (local and overseas)|
|Experimental placements are available for under-graduate and post-graduate students from local and overseas universities. All enquiries shold be directed to the Director of Pharmacy.|
|Experiential Placements (Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University)|
|The pharmacy department accepts students in the third and fourth year of the course of their structured clinical and experiential training, namely:|
|Advanced Practical Experiences (APEs)|
|The department accepts three students for a three-week consecutive placement. This occurs once in the third year and five times in the fourth year of the course. Of the three students, two undertake clinical placements on the wards, and the third, a non-clinical placement. The non-clinical placements cover a range of activities and constantly refer to the interaction with clinical areas. They include outpatients, manufacturing, clinical trials, management, drug usage issues and adverse drug reaction reporting. |
|Cytotoxic Preparation Courses |
|Accredited by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) and Approved by the Pharmacy Board of Victoria (PBV). |
The aim of these programs is for the participant to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to apply sterile and aseptic principles and techniques to the preparation of cytotoxic admixtures.
|To register your interest in the course, please click on the link below to fill out the survey:|