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PSA has also been strongly advocating for
innovative new practice models for pharmacists.
Can you share more about these models?
This year PSA has led the way and
continued to strongly advocate for the GP
pharmacist model, which is of immense
value for patients.
The integrated, collaborative GP
pharmacist model – which has strong
support from many leading health
organisations – is a great opportunity for
pharmacists to demonstrate their value.
It is one of many innovative strategies PSA
is pursuing to ensure pharmacists’ skills can
be optimised in consumer-focused, cost-
effective, integrated models of care.
All the evidence points to the GP pharmacist
model being good for patients, general
practices and community pharmacies. The
latest University of Technology Sydney
(UTS) Pharmacy Barometer showed the
concept of pharmacists working in a
medical practice was supported by 49% of
pharmacy owners/owner managers, 63% of
and 80% of employed pharmacists.
It’s great to see a milestone was reached
for pharmacist-delivered vaccinations in
Yes, the profession achieved a real
milestone in May when Victoria became
the final state to approve pharmacist-
The take-up of pharmacist vaccination
has been outstanding and it’s largely
thanks to the pioneering work of
Professor Lisa Nissen, a previous PSA
President in Queensland and former PSA
Board member. She was instrumental in
demonstrating the benefits and value of
immunisation by pharmacists as part of the
Queensland Pharmacy Immunisation Pilot
(QPIP) research program.
Of course, this is likely to be just the tip of
the iceberg for pharmacist vaccination in
Australia. In other countries, pharmacists’
roles are progressing beyond flu
vaccinations, and we will no doubt see that
evolve in Australia.
The PSA Board took the significant step
of appointing an Early Career Pharmacist
(ECP) director. That must have been a proud
moment for the organisation?
Absolutely. Inspiring pharmacist Taren
Gill was appointed as ECP National Board
Director, in an historic move for PSA. While
the Board has had ECPs serving as directors
before, this was the first time a director was
recruited specifically in such a role – a mark
of how important ECPs are to PSA and our
Taren works as the Deputy Director of
Pharmacy at Orange Hospital, a community
pharmacist at Blooms the Chemist Orange
and a pharmacy lecturer at Charles Sturt
She is a highly respected leader among early
career pharmacists with valuable experience
in working with students and other ECPs.
We welcomed this appointment as
revolutionary, and encourage other young
pharmacists to engage more with PSA
to help us shape the future for the next
generation of pharmacists.
Most importantly, Taren’s appointment will
help to ensure that PSA’s member services
address the needs of ECPs, supporting
them to thrive in their careers.
PSA also hosted some major events,
including PSA16 in Sydney. What were some
of the highlights of this leading conference?
PSA16 was a runaway success and we
received excellent feedback from the 900
delegates and partners involved.
The new format of the annual conference
– which also included an expo area for
PSA partners – provided an opportunity
to further our members’ education around
innovation, CPD and standards and
Delegates said it was the ‘most relevant
and useful event’ they had attended and
helped create a positive future for the
We were delighted to have Federal Health
Minister Sussan Ley open the conference
and publicly applaud PSA’s advocacy and
Following the positive feedback from
PSA16, we are delighted to be partnering
with the Commonwealth Pharmacists
Association (CPA) for PSA17. A key topic at
the conference will be strengthening the
role of women in pharmacy. So stay tuned
for more steps PSA is taking in that area
over the next year.
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