APC Colloquium series

Domain 8. Stakeholder collaboration


Australian Pharmacy Council (APC)


Quality Framework for Accreditation Domain 8 Stakeholder collaboration

Issue addressed

As part of APC’s engagement with our stakeholders to facilitate high quality education and training, and to continue to develop the pharmacy workforce, APC has hosted an annual Colloquium since 2013. The aims of the APC Colloquium series are to provide a forum for stakeholders within the sector to engage in constructive discourse on themes around education and pharmacy workforce development.

Practice introduced or changed

Our first Colloquium was held in 2013, with the theme of Accreditation; Drivers to Innovation and Change. We invited guest speaker Professor David Wright, University of East Anglia, to speak on the experience of using outcomes-based accreditation standards in pharmacy programs in the United Kingdom. This aligned with our new implementation of outcomes-based accreditation standards for 2014. This first Colloquium highlighted the need for an open forum between education providers and the profession to discuss topics on education and practice.

In 2014, following on from the success of our 2013 event, our 2014 Colloquium The Mysteries of Time and Space: Preparing future practitioners for patient-centred careattracted 144 delegates, along with 50 web-cast/online participants. To ensure students and interns were able to attend, we offered a range of travel grants to nominated individuals. Marshall Moleschi, Registrar of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, Canada, gave a timely and captivating account of the Canadian experience moving towards patient- centred care and how education is assisting in this. Professor Lisa Nissen presented thought-provoking data from the Queensland vaccination pilot that painted a vivid picture of a possible future role for pharmacists.

The highlight of the day was the lively and robust panel discussion which threw out a number of challenging and exciting ideas about how Australian pharmacists, and pharmacy education, may need to change and adapt in the future.

Our 2015 Colloquium ‘The Secret Ingredient: can we turn up the heat on experiential education’, put the APC on the front foot for ensuring our future generation of pharmacists can transition efficiently from their learning environment through to their professional career. More than 100 delegates convened in Canberra to hear speakers from the UK, Australia and New Zealand explore the alternative models, barriers and options ahead for re-designing experiential learning to meet contemporary needs. In addition, the innovative online capacity of this event delivered a broader conversation about the issues regarding experiential learning and the improvements needed for simulations in our pharmacy programs to a further 50 –off online attendees.

International speaker and UK pharmacist Ravi Sharma delved into the barriers he experienced developing a GP-based pharmacy integrating senior, junior and pre- registration pharmacists. Australian pharmacist Dr Chris Freeman spoke about how to prepare pharmacists for practice and highlighted the need for clinical residencies to support the pharmacist learning experience.

Dr Ian Larson showed how simulation technology in teaching was a tool to use in pharmacy education to enhance and improve the learning experience for student, and New Zealand based physician and medical educator Professor Tim Wilkinson provided us with insights into the medical model with sage advice, “we need to look at how we can promote engagement with the learner, the workplace and the supervisor”.

The profession debate proved to be entertaining with the topic “Only the profession can “bake the cake”, which discussed workplace learning models and the role of universities, preceptors, mentors, role models and patients to help to prepare students and interns.

This led into a workshop between delegates on what makes a good (and bad) role model and mentor.

Debra Rowett, APC President summed up the day as “we wish to thank the speakers, delegates and online participants of this year’s colloquium and look forward to continuing the conversation about experiential education”.


The APC Colloquium series have become an established part of the pharmacy education landscape and have allowed educators, practitioners and the community to have enlightened discourse on the future education of pharmacists.

Where to go for more information

APC Website https://www.pharmacycouncil.org.au/about-apc/apc-colloquium/