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There is so much happening in pharmacy at the moment that PSA has
taken the decision to hold a national roadshow to bring the profession up
to date on the challenges ahead and to address some of the queries that
members are raising privately with PSA.
There should now be absolutely no
doubt as to whether change is coming.
Clearly change is here.
Irrespective of whether you are a
pharmacy owner, an employee,
an independent pharmacist or an
early career pharmacist, decisions that
are being made in this current Sixth
Agreement will influence and shape
your career for years to come.
Some of the decisions anticipated under
this Sixth Agreement will result from
an assessment of pharmacy programs
and services, a trialing of new pharmacy
programs and a comprehensive review of
pharmacy remuneration and regulation.
Any one of these reviews separately
would have the potential to significantly
alter the pharmacy landscape, but when
taken as a group, they could add up
to unprecedented changes. I cannot
remember a more significant period
of major change during my time in
It is vital that members understand
the effect of all the changes that are
occurring and are prepared for them.
The National Roadshow that PSA is
presenting is aimed at informing the
profession about how the challenges
posed by some of these changes should
be met, as well as informing you about
the work the Society is doing on your
behalf behind the scenes.
Additionally PSA will also provide
details of the Health Destination
Pharmacy model, which we have spent
several years developing, as well as our
proposal for a new career pathway for
pharmacists in GP Clinics.
The concept has been built around
evidence and input from expert
contributors and has the support of the
wider health industry.
Health Destination Pharmacy provides a
platform to help reposition pharmacies
as a healthcare destination and the
pharmacist as a primary healthcare
provider and PSA aims to make the model
more widely available to pharmacies in
Pharmacies actively participating in the
initial Health Destination Pharmacy trial
• increased consumer use of
pharmacies as healthcare destinations
• consumer acceptance to a wide range
of minor ailment and evidence based
professional pharmacist services
• increased health-related sales
• increased customer loyalty, and
• an average of around 13% gross
What does PSA do
-- my membership
BY JOE DEMARTE, FPS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT
NATIONAL PRESIDENT SAYS
The Health Destination Pharmacy model
is a timely solution to help pharmacists
adapt their practice and align their
human and other resources toward
a more health focused, financially
sustainable pharmacy model. PSA
has formed a partnership with eight
healthcare based companies in order
to implement the model -- a model that
does not rely on government funding.
We know also from our member
surveys that pharmacists want better
remuneration and a wider range of
career options and PSA has been
addressing this issue for some time now.
PSA will detail its plans for a new career
path option for pharmacists in GP Clinics
called GP-Pharmacist Connect.
This is a highly flexible model which will
help the general practice identify needs,
match those needs with a pharmacist
and assist in ongoing quality assurance.
One of the great strengths of
GP-Pharmacist Connect is that it is
overseen by Australia's main GP Clinic
Pharmacist experts who are leading
innovation in this area both nationally
and internationally, and already more
than 200 pharmacists have registered
with PSA for this service.
If you are interested in this option or in
the Health Destination Pharmacy plan
then the roadshow will provide the
details you may be missing.
I will be at the capital city events and
look forward to hearing feedback from
members and to helping to answer any
queries that members may have.
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