Building critical reflection skills for lifelong learning in the emergent landscape of a national registration and accreditation scheme

J Pharm Pract. 2011 Apr;24(2):235-40. doi: 10.1177/0897190010397373. Epub 2011 Mar 18.


In 2010 many of the health disciplines in Australia will be involved in national registration and accreditation, to ensure a more sustainable and flexible health workforce for the future. To this end, in each of the health professions, there is an increasing emphasis on reflective practice and lifelong learning to maintain practice competency. This research focuses on academic teaching and learning in the Pharmacy undergraduate curriculum to develop an indicator tool of graduate practice skills before the student enters the practice internship year. The Graduated Descriptors Competency Tool was developed by means of state, territory, and national stakeholder collaboration. The aim of the project was to assist the scaffolding processes around undergraduate practice teaching and learning. Students on experiential placements have used the tool to demonstrate their current practice skills and the learning required to attain competency during their internship year. Students are guided to develop critical reflection skills for deep understanding and insight into the continued learning and professional development required to maintain long-term health care expertise.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / methods*
  • Australia
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy / standards*
  • Health Occupations / standards*
  • Humans
  • Licensure, Pharmacy
  • Pharmacists / standards*
  • Professional Competence / standards*
  • Registries