Assist in preparing extemporaneous prescriptions

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
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Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver SIRPDIS006A, 'Assist in preparing extemporaneous prescriptions'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria




Prepare to measure and mix ingredients.


Identify scope and boundaries of roles and responsibilities of dispensary assistants and pharmacists in the preparation of extemporaneous prescriptions.


Read and interpret common terms and abbreviations used in prescription writing.


Identify worksheet documentation for compounded products.


Confirm that compounding work area is clean and ready for use.


Confirm that measuring and mixing equipment is appropriate for the task and ready for use.


Select and fit appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment.


Follow personal hygiene procedures in preparation for handling materials.


Collect and measure required ingredients.


Identify ingredient requirements specified by the worksheet.


Locate and collect raw materials.


Measure ingredient quantities to meet worksheet requirements.


Prepare compounded products.


Prepare ingredients as required to meet worksheet requirements.


Combine ingredients as required to meet worksheet requirements.


Inspect prepared product to confirm product quality.


Confirm labelling and advice requirements with pharmacist and prepare labels.


Collect dispensing containers as specified by pharmacist.


Attach labels and other relevant cautionary and advisory advice to containers as directed.


Transfer final product to labelled containers.


Supply completed compound items, prescription and worksheet to a pharmacist for verification.


Check worksheet calculations and alert a pharmacist to any discrepancies.


Maintain the compounding materials and work area.


Return unused ingredients to storage and adjust stock records as required.


Monitor storage conditions to ensure product integrity is maintained.


Dispose of waste according to environmental requirements and pharmacy waste management procedures.

Qualifications and Skillsets

SIRPDIS006A appears in the following qualifications:

  • SIR30107 - Certificate III in Community Pharmacy
  • SIR40107 - Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy