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Pharmacy students from La Trobe University in Bendigo will be the first in
Victoria – and among only a few in the country – to learn how to immunise
patients through a new partnership with PSA.
Under the partnership, the vaccination
training program is being offered in
response to the Victorian Government’s
recent legislative change, enabling
registered pharmacists to immunise.
Regulations in Victoria allow
pharmacists to administer influenza and
pertussis-containing vaccines to adults
at approved pharmacies, including
those who qualify for the National
Immunisation Program. The training
program includes lectures, online
modules and a hands-on workshop for
fourth year students who learn how to
administer immunisations for two of the
most common preventable diseases –
influenza and whooping cough.
La Trobe University lecturer in clinical
pharmacy Richard Summers said
the program was designed to upskill
pharmacy graduates, giving them
greater flexibility for when they
complete their degrees.
‘Immunising within the pharmacy
setting makes sense for many reasons
and importantly it has been shown
to enhance vaccination rates in
the community,’ Mr Summers said.
‘If our students have the confidence
and skills to immunise when they
graduate, it will make their transition
to the workplace that much easier.
Pharmacist-delivered immunisations will
soon be commonplace, and when that
happens, our alumni will be ready to
embrace it,’ Mr Summers said.
PSA Executive Director, Practice Support
and Education Jan Ridd welcomed La
Trobe University’s support to ensure
future pharmacists were skilled in this
new area of pharmacist practice.
‘PSA is delighted to partner with
La Trobe University to support the
profession by providing access to
nationally accredited immunisation
training for their students. Over the
past 12 months, PSA has trained more
than 2,300 pharmacists around the
country to enable pharmacists to deliver
high-quality immunisation services and
to provide a major public health boost in
PSA looks forward to working with
other leading Australian universities
to deliver its world-class immunisation
training program to students to ensure
all pharmacists are ready to provide this
essential public health service.
All pharmacists are medicines
All pharmacists are medicines specialists
with extensive medicines expertise
according to PSA, regardless of the setting
in which they practice.
The PSA comments were in response
to statements made by The Society of
Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) in
its submission to the Review of Pharmacy
Remuneration and Regulation comparing
the standards of care delivered by hospital
and community pharmacists.
PSA National President Joe Demarte said it
was disappointing to see such ill-informed
and divisive comments from another
‘ These sorts of invidious comparisons
run counter to the Code of Ethics for
pharmacists, which apply to pharmacists
working in any area of the profession.
Moreover, there is no basis in evidence for
making such claims,’ Mr Demarte said.
As highlighted in PSA’s submission to the
Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and
Regulation, the Competency Standards
for pharmacists which all pharmacists
are required to meet as a condition of
their registration with AHPRA – clearly
demonstrate this extensive expertise. (See
page 30 for more on the PSA submission.)
‘Community pharmacists in Australia are
one of the largest, most trusted and most
accessible groups of health professionals.
Community pharmacies have provided and
will continue to provide a vital network
for primary and preventative community-
based health care.’
Mr Demarte also rebuffed as misleading
SHPA’s statements regarding PSA’s capacity
to deliver policy assistance and expert
advice to Government.
‘Given PSA’s recognised role in providing
this very expertise through the Federal
Government’s Health Peak Advisory Bodies
program funding, we are perplexed as
to why SHPA would make this claim – it’s
simply wrong. PSA is proud to represent all
sectors of the profession in delivering such
high quality advice.’
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