UMORE - Pharmacy

Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program

Course Overview and Objectives

The Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program (CEP) functions to educate the medical representatives of Australia to a recognised industry standard. It aims to provide students with the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to efficiently and effectively carry out their responsibilities as medical representatives in the pharmaceutical industry. The CEP is fully flexible, offered online and comprises six programs.

Course Structure

There are 6 programs that make up Medicines Australia CEP which are:

Program 1: The Medicines Australia Code of Conduct

(Approx. 11 study hours)

Program 2: The Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industry

(Approx. 10 study hours)

Program 3: Human Anatomy and Physiology

(Approx. 18 study hours)

Program 4: An Introduction to Pharmacology

(Approx. 18 study hours)

Program 5: Understanding Product Information

(Approx. 13 study hours)

Program 6: Understanding Clinical Evidence

(Approx. 16 study hours)

A Bridging Program which provides an overview of the revised Code of Conduct with a focus on the new provisions that have been introduced in the most recent Code of Conduct is available for students who have previously completed Program 1. (Approx. 6 study hours).

The Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program is designed for flexibility. Students are able to complete programs at their own pace (within their enrolled semester), enrol in Continuing Education Programs any time in a semester (up until the last 4 weeks of the semester) and are permitted to enrol in a program before they have completed the previous one.

Who is the CEP for?

CEP is primarily directed at medical representatives working within the prescription medicines industry, and recommended to those who may not be currently employed within the industry but would like to pursue a career as a medical representative. It is also available to personnel working for organisations interacting with the pharmaceutical industry.

Full CEP - Programs 1-6 - the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct requires that all medical representatives entering the Australian prescription pharmaceutical industry for the first time, whether employed full time or part time, permanent or contracted must enrol in the Code of Conduct component of the endorsed Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program within the first six months of employment and must complete the full program requirements for medical representatives within two years.

Program 1: The Medicines Australia Code of Conduct, only - any person who is directly involved in the development, review and approval of promotional materials and educational materials for the general public (this includes Product Managers, medical, marketing, field based medical personnel or sales staff); or has direct interaction with healthcare professionals for the purpose of promoting a prescription product or providing medical or clinical education; whether part time or full time, must complete Program 1: The Medicines Australia Code of Conduct component of the endorsed Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program within the first twelve months of commencement of employment.

How do I get started?

Students can get started with their studies by visiting the UMORE iLearn Education Site https://www.pharm.utas.edu.au/iLearn and follow the steps provided. Students who are enrolling in the Medicines Australia Continuing Education Program should consult with their Company Coordinator before attempting to enrol as an enrolment key may be required to enrol. Creating an iLearn user account gives you access to the iLearn Education Site only, students must enrol in each individual program as they progress through the course. Further information is available is available in the 'Getting started / first steps' section within the iLearn Education Site.

Assessment Schedule

The assessment schedule varies per program but usually combines; check your knowledge questions, an exam, apply your knowledge questions, and essay-format question types. These are clearly detailed in the course and assessment overview of each program.

Students obtain a minimum of 60 out of a possible 100 marks to pass each program.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is available for CEP Programs 3, 4 and 6. Applications must be accompanied by copies of official documents, such as registration certificates and /or academic transcripts that support your claim of relevant prior learning. University level study must be within 10 years of application date. Further information can be provided by the Helpdesk (see further information below).

2020 Key Dates

Semester 1, 2020
Enrolments Open / Study Period Commences Monday 13th January 2020
Enrolments Close Friday 8th May 2020
Semester Close / Last day of Assessment Friday 5th June 2020
Results and Certification Friday 12th June 2020
Semester 2, 2020
Enrolments Open / Study Period Commences Monday 29th June 2020
Enrolments Close Monday 26th October 2020
Semester Close / Last day of Assessment Friday 20th November 2020
Results and Certification Friday 27th November 2020

2020 Program Fees*

Medicines Australia Member Fee*

$710.00 (Incl. GST)

Medicines Australia Non-Member Fee*

$1010.00 (Incl. GST)

Code of Conduct Bridging Program*

$100.00 (Incl. GST)

*Please note that fees are invoiced, per program.

Further Information

Should you require any further information regarding the Medicines Australia CEP, please email the Helpdesk at MedicinesAustralia.CEP@utas.edu.au or phone 1300 305 228.