Student placements during the COVID-19 pandemic

1:00pm Wednesday, 21 October 2020
2:00pm Wednesday, 21 October 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to change the way we provide care, but also the way we provide education and support our undergraduate students. Undergraduate degrees require their students to complete experiential placements in order to gain real-life experience and graduate practice-ready. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many social distancing requirements which can make traditional placement arrangements difficult. These include limiting presence of multiple people on wards rounds, limiting movement of staff, 1.5 m social distancing on the wards and less access to space and workstations.

However, maintaining placements and their quality is important for the development of our new practitioners. Whilst some sites have cancelled placements, others have maintained their numbers and have restructured placements to offer different activities and utilise the students as a previously untapped resource.

In this webinar two sites will share their experiences in this space, as well as describe challenges and successes along the way. The webinar will also provide an opportunity for questions and discussion with presenters and attendees. The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, so learnings can be applied across sites in 2021.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Share challenges regarding student experimental placements during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Describe innovation in pharmacy student experiential placements in hospital sites during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify learnings from changes made which could be incorporated into future placements post-COVID-19

This webinar will commence at 1:00pm AEDT

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Non-member: $50

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Contact Information

Additional Information


  • Joanna Pizzi, Senior Pharmacist – Workforce and Development, Alfred Health
  • Sally Marotti, Lead Pharmacist, Experiential Learning, Training & Research, SA Pharmacy

Competency Standards

The program addresses the following pharmacy competency standards:

  • Standard 4.1.3 Display self-motivation, an innovative mindset and motivate others
  • Standard 4.3.2 Foster initiative and contribute to innovation, improvement and service development
  • Standard 4.6.3 Supervise personnel

National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia, 2016


This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group-1 CPD (or 1 CPD credit), suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. The accreditation number is S2020/54.