EDITORIAL: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on pharmacy education, staff and students in an Australian setting

Authors

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2020.202.8790

Keywords:

Australia, COVID-19, Emergency response, adaptability, online delivery, teaching delivery

Abstract

Worldwide, COVID-19 has changed the way Pharmacy Education is being delivered. In Australia there was a rapid shift to online delivery, implementation of new technologies and new models for remote online teaching. The effects of the pandemic on pharmacy education, students and staff are discussed as well as strategies of how to maintain workforce development goals to ensure quality education.

Author Biographies

Sara Chuang, Monash University, Australia

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Natalie Trevaskis, Monash University, Australia

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Vivienne Mak, Monash University, Australia

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Published

15/01/2021

Issue

Section

COVID-19 Editorial