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The many submissions responding to the Discussion Paper released by
the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation (the King Review)
show how many disparate views and competing interests are held
simultaneously within various sections of the profession.
Whilst it is reasonable that member-
based organisations representing
specific groups within the profession
advocate on behalf of their individual
memberships, as I have said on
numerous occasions previously, PSA
must necessarily take a broader view.
It represents pharmacists in all sectors of
the profession and this is why PSA can
be the only body to ever be considered
as the peak pharmacy body.
If nothing else, the submissions to the
King Review mentioned earlier show
the intense level of dissatisfaction
and concern within the profession at
present, where young pharmacists
struggle with low wages – and more
particularly job dissatisfaction.
Further, community pharmacy owners
are financially under the pump from a
number of areas including discounting
and PBS reform, while other sectors
recognise and sense that the profession
has lost the position of pre-eminence
that it has previously enjoyed.
Ownership and location rules get a good
going over from all perspectives, and of
course needless to say, everybody has
their own solution to fix the myriad
of other issues that are bounced back
Meanwhile, the Review Panel has been
crystal clear about what it is seeking
It is seeking ways that pharmacy and
pharmacists can assist government
to provide positive health outcomes
for the Australian community, now
and into the future. It is primarily a
From the outset PSA framed its
submission in the context that the
review is an opportunity to explore
innovative ways all pharmacists can
contribute to Australia’s health system
and optimise healthcare for consumers
into the future.
You will note that I said ALL pharmacists.
Them us and
BY JOE DEMARTE, FPS, NATIONAL PRESIDENT
» NATIONAL PRESIDENT SAYS
As far as I am concerned a pharmacist
is a pharmacist regardless of where
they work and this will become more
important with the passage of time,
with pharmacists being able to practice
in a broader variety of settings than is
currently the case.
For example, an employee in community
pharmacy today may be a hospital
pharmacist or an owner tomorrow – or a
pharmacist in GP clinic, and after that
a pharmacist doing HMRs or perhaps
practising in an aged care setting or
in an aboriginal health service setting.
Potentially they could be dividing their
time between several settings. Who
knows what else?
But one thing is certain, what will
determine whether these roles are
sustainable will depend on one thing –
Do they provide positive health outcomes
for the Australian Community?
Pharmacists are not seeking to be
doctors. All we are trying to do is
work more closely with GPs and other
health professional to get better health
outcomes for consumers.
PSA has been at pains to make it clear
that every initiative we put forward in
our submission is already within the full
scope of pharmacist practice.
This review has the potential to deliver
better result for consumers by using the
enthusiasm, youth and skills of Australia’s
pharmacist more productively.
(For more on the responses to the review
Discussion Paper see page 30.)
On a final note, claims that pharmacists
are conflicted by selling complementary
medicines are pushing the envelope
too far. There is plenty of need for
evidence-based advice in this area, and
if not pharmacists giving this advice,
then who? Supermarket checkout staff,
health food shops or –heaven forbid –
Perhaps doctors could do it!
(See PSA policy on complementary
medicines at: www.psa.org.au/policies/
As far as I am concerned a
pharmacist is a pharmacist
regardless of where they
work and this will become
more important with the
passage of time, with
pharmacists being able to
practice in a broader variety
of settings than is currently
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