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Read about Harika Bheemavarapu's experiences as an intern pharmacist in Australia. Gain valuable insights into the journey of an intern pharmacist.


Harika Bheemavarapu

6/1/20232 min read

Harika Bheemavarapu
Harika Bheemavarapu

My Journey in the Pharmacist internship started in the regional town of Moama in New South Wales, Australia. I was very fortunate to have Mr. Clint Flanigan as my chief preceptor. He was a warehouse of pharmacist knowledge and community experience. I had an elite team of educators who were pharmacist diabetes educators, pharmacist asthma educators, pharmacist immunizers, and accredited consultant pharmacists who perform home medication reviews and residential medication management services in Australia. I am always grateful for what they made me today. I would like to share with you the highlights of my experience and achievements as a pharmacist intern during my intern year at Moama Village Pharmacy.

The model of pharmacy was forward with the patient- centered approach. As an intern pharmacist, I got great exposure and practice in dispensing, counseling, Medicine checks, diabetes medicine checks, diabetes education, asthma education(under the guidance of a pharmacist asthma educator in our pharmacy), pharmacist interventions, provision of nursing home and residential medication management services, dose administration services through Webster care software. My intern year has provided me with great experience in working with nursing homes and aboriginal health care centers. Under the supervision of a Pharmacist, I prepared medication charts for nursing home residents, DAA packing, involved in chronic pain medications and pain trials to bring out positive outcomes in people using pain medications and helping in their pain management. I initiated a public health program in our pharmacy under the direction of the Australian government's naloxone pilot program. This project turned out to be productive to prevent opioid overdose-related deaths fulfilled. I have actively participated in public talks, and motivational seminars during my intern year directed towards primary health care. I regularly conducted motivational sessions and contributed to our pharmacy education programs to achieve quality in health care delivery. Conducting meds checks and cross referrals to other services provided in our pharmacy like sleep studies, HMR/ RMMR, and liaison with allied health care professionals like exercise physiologists with great success brought about a positive change and created a difference in public healthcare delivery.

Hope you find my journey inspirational and relevant to your current journey!!!