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Building on experience
While targeted learning is not new, PSA’s
CPD Planning Tool builds on previous
experience and meshes the learning
plan with the huge wealth of quality
CPD material available online through
PSA in a variety of formats.
In Tasmania before the PBA was
established, the Tasmanian Pharmacy
Board had a similar learning plan
Tasmanian PSA Board member Rachel
Dienaar was heavily involved in the
education of Tasmanian members
around how to record and plan
She told Australian Pharmacist that the
CPD learning plan structure used in
Tasmania, which ran for around 10 years,
was designed to assist pharmacists to
plan CPD activities based on practice
need, both for current practice and
planning for future roles.
‘Focussing on the overall personal
requirements of a pharmacist by
developing a learning plan encouraged
a life-long learning approach to
maximising practice change and
improvement,’ she said.
‘PSA’s approach is timely in relation to
the changing landscape of pharmacy
practice and new emerging roles.
It enables career planning by linking
learning plans to career pathways
‘I am pleased that PSA has taken the
initiative with career pathways support
and the up and coming online CPD
recording platform, to prepare our
members for an active contribution to
the health team, especially in extended
scope of practice.’
According to newly re-elected PSA
National Vice President Michelle Lynch
the PSA CPD Planning Tool is ‘fantastic.’
‘You can go through step-by-step to
assess your skills against your areas of
practice, identify gaps and what you
need to do to upskill yourself to be able
to meet the requirements of the Board,’
Ms Lynch said.
PSA member Magna Tsui, the managing
partner at Lyneham Capital Chemist
in the Australian Capital Territory has
‘road-tested’ the PSA CPD Planning Tool.
‘It’s a wonderful tool. It is very simple
and easy to use. It looks at the
competency standards and makes you
compare where you think you are at
with the competency standards. It’s
quite a complex and a very long set of
things to go over but the PSA tool makes
it very easy to reflect and consider them,’
‘CPD is extremely important with
pharmacy constantly changing, –
new medicines are always coming out.
In terms of our delivery of services
it [pharmacy] is evolving constantly
so CPD is essential in order to meet
The pharmacy profession is very young,
and all of those ECPs are in the process
of planning and building their careers.
The PSA CPD Planning Tool has the
potential to be a great asset to the
huge number of newly registered as
pharmacists who have their whole
pharmacy career ahead of them.
The March 2016 PBA registrant data
report shows just how great its potential
is. Of the 29,634 registered pharmacists
in Australia, 14,562 of them are under
the age of 35 – just under 50% of all
registered pharmacists. Further, 29.8% –
almost one-third – of all registered
pharmacists are under the age of 30.
Ms Lynch said: ‘You shouldn’t be afraid
of it [CPD planning]. I think it is an
opportunity to sit down, really think
about what areas of practice you’d like
to do, and move forward with it.
‘It is personalised. If you are not too sure
about what your scope of practice is,
it is a step by step process where you
can actually identify what areas you are
currently doing and areas you would like
to improve or are interested in for your
‘I think pharmacists are ingrained to
have lifelong learning to make sure we
are up to date for our patients and the
care that we provide.’
Ms Lynch was enthusiastic about the
PSA tool’s value to pharmacists.
‘I’m keen to do it myself now. I recognise
the need for it and I would absolutely
recommend it to all pharmacists to use,’
‘When you first look at the national
competency standards you think where
do I start? This tool makes it a really
simple process. You can identify your
areas of practice and where you want to
move to. It takes 20 to 30 minutes and
you have a plan for the year that you can
update as you go along.
‘It also means that if you do get audited
by the Board you’ve already got all
the evidence there – your assessment,
PSA’s approach is timely in relation to the changing
landscape of pharmacy practice and new emerging roles.
It enables career planning by linking learning plans to career
pathways of choice.
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