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Summit highlights need for
The first Australian Pharmacist Workforce Summit has underscored the
need for a longer-term blueprint on the role of pharmacists in the future,
according to PSA.
The summit, hosted jointly by the
Australian Pharmacist Liaison Forum
(APLF) and Monash University’s Project
Pharmacist, was held in Melbourne at
the end of June.
A communique issued by the APLF after
the summit said: ‘The capability and
capacity of the workforce underpins
the profession’s future. A competent
and sustainable pharmacist workforce
is necessary to address the increasing
pharmaceutical requirements of the
population and to enable continued
expansion of pharmacists’ scope
‘ The significant shortage of pharmacists
which existed in the period 1995–2005
has largely been resolved by an increase
in the number of graduates entering the
profession over the last decade. Is the
number and distribution appropriate
and what needs to be put in place for
pharmacists’ skills to be better utilised?’
Based on the results of a survey
conducted of the major pharmacist
and pharmacy organisations in
preparation for the Summit, it was
resolved that the major issues relating to
enhanced utilisation of the pharmacist
• Making use of the potential
opportunities created for pharmacists
by demographic driven demand,
emerging professional roles and
development of new services.
• Addressing restraints and barriers
to demand for pharmacists in
health care. The restraints include
uncertainty regarding the future,
levels of remuneration, limited career
development prospects and a lack
of acknowledgement of expertise as
part of the healthcare team.
• Resolving workplace limitations to
better utilise pharmacists’ expertise.
• Sustaining the quality of the
graduates with a balanced and
sustainable supply of pharmacists
training for future evolving roles.
• Internship and factors relating to the
availability of adequate numbers of
appropriate sites with suitably trained
preceptors able to provide necessary
supervision, mentoring and guidance.
PSA National President Joe Demarte
said a long-term blueprint on the
evidence-based current and future
roles of pharmacists would address
issued raised at the workforce summit
and help to ensure the more accurate
identification, and where needed
creation, of demand for pharmacy
services in the future.
Mr Demarte said the PSA, as the peak
organisation for pharmacists in all
sectors of the profession, was investing
in the development of a 10 year
Action Blueprint on Pharmacist Practice
– a plan detailing the potential roles for
pharmacists and how ‘collectively we
can achieve them’.
He said an initial meeting with all major
pharmacy organisations on the 10-year
Action Blueprint on Pharmacist Practice
had been held in March, where there
was strong support on the need for
such a blueprint. Mr Demarte said
that work on this blueprint would
Support for pharmacists in
PSA has welcomed a statement from
United General Practice Australia (UGPA)
expressing its in-principle support for
non-dispensing pharmacists to work in
general practice as part of a GP led team.
PSA National President Joe Demarte said
PSA for some time had been working
collaboratively with the Australian
Medical Association and RACGP to
develop a model to support a more
integrated role for pharmacists to work
in GP practices as part of the primary
‘ This in-principle support from UGPA is
significant as it includes a wide range
of general practice organisations,’
Mr Demarte said.
‘UGPA in its statement reflects PSA’s view
on some of the benefits of this model.
‘UGPA has acknowledged that
pharmacists as part of the general
practice team has the potential to
improve prescribing and the use of
medicines, reduce hospital admissions
from adverse drug events, and deliver
better health outcomes for patients.
‘ This team care approach is particularly
important at time when the ageing
population and increasing chronic
disease are putting added pressures on
the healthcare system. This PSA model
for pharmacists to be integrated into GP
practices is a genuinely collaborative
model of care and represents an
exciting step for the medical profession,
for pharmacists and, most importantly,
PSA is holding a forum in Sydney on
Monday 24 August to further discuss
and workshop this area of practice.
The PSA is working to see how this
model can be applied to developing
models of health care, for example
through the primary health network.
See page 30 for more on non-dispensing
pharmacists working in general practices.
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