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Members may have seen PSA being more
active in the media over the past year.
How has this profile-building helped
We have made a concerted effort to raise
the public profile of pharmacists through
a proactive media engagement and
advocacy strategy at a national level.
In the national and trade media, we have
highlighted the importance of pharmacists
in the Australian healthcare system using
PSA's spokespeople who are experts on
These pharmacist spokespeople --
including from PSA Branch Committees
-- have appeared in newspapers, radio
and on TV news in metropolitan and
regional areas to speak on a range of issues
including vaccination, complementary
medicines, dispensing, chronic disease and
Quality Use of Medicines.
The Communications team at PSA, led
by Brad Watts, is working hard to build
positive stories about pharmacists' roles as
critical members of the healthcare team.
So would you recommend more pharmacists
support PSA in future to help achieve these
While not all pharmacists are PSA
members, PSA is here for all pharmacists.
By supporting PSA, members can be assured
they are not only keeping up to date on
education and policy, but supporting the
future of the entire profession. For example,
our Code of Ethics, along with the Standards
and Guidelines we set on behalf of the
profession, ensure that consumers continue
to receive the best quality care.
We are so grateful for members' support,
as our work for the profession allows us
to maintain pharmacists' standing as the
second most trusted health profession in
What's changed for education and practice
support for pharmacists?
During the 2015--16 CPD year, PSA members
completed an amazing 240,000 Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) assessments,
cementing PSA's role as Australia's leading
national provider of quality pharmacy
education and practice support.
Most importantly, we launched our
intuitive, online CPD Planning Tool to help
pharmacists meet the Pharmacy Board
of Australia's new requirements for CPD
plans. The CPD Tool, which has been widely
embraced by pharmacists, helps them to
easily identify professional development
needs. My thanks to PSA's Executive
Director of Practice Support and Education
Jan Ridd and her team for her hard work
on the Tool, and to all the PSA State offices
for their continued support for members in
helping them meet the Pharmacy Board's
Almost 1,700 pharmacists across Australia also
identified their preferred career paths using
the industry-first Career Pathways portal.
We have rolled out five new Career
Pathways with more to follow in the new
year, so stay tuned and please visit our
website to find out how we can help guide
your career into the future.
Looking ahead, I understand PSA's
informative roadshow will be held again.
What can we expect in 2017?
Yes, among a range of reforms culminating
in the first half of next year, the Review of
Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation
will be a major focus of the roadshow. The
Review provides a major opportunity for
pharmacists, and we want to make sure
that members' views are well understood
to ensure that PSA can advocate
pharmacists' roles to Government.
The first half of next year is going to be
critical for pharmacy and we encourage
members -- including our regional
members and non-members -- to attend
the roadshow. We must ensure there's
a strong voice for pharmacists in the
outcomes of the Pharmacy Review.
This is a huge transition for the sector moving
forward, and our roadshow gives pharmacists
a unique opportunity to discover how things
are progressing. The dates and locations will
be announced shortly.
What are PSA's other goals for the year ahead?
Our goals for 2017 are to continue helping
members achieve their career goals
through our Career Pathways program,
help secure new funding for pharmacists
from outside the PBS, continue discussions
with other organisations to bring tangible
improvement to pharmacists' wages, and
support more community pharmacies to
reform to a financially sustainable health
model through Health Destination.
We are keen to continue building a strong
membership base, because it is through
membership that we are able to do what
we do. All of the profession benefits from
these efforts, so if your colleagues are not
members, please encourage them to join
so we can do even more.
Who would you like to thank for being part of
PSA's achievements over the last 12 months?
Firstly, can I thank all our members for their
dedication and support of PSA -- without
your membership we would not be able to
represent you as the peak national body
for pharmacists. Our members are at the
core of everything we do.
I also extend my thanks to all of PSA's
exceptionally committed and talented staff
across Australia, including the hard working
and dedicated State Office Directors, who
have worked hard to support our members.
I love working with them all.
Thank you to the PSA Board members
for their leadership, including National
President Joe Demarte.
I wish a happy
a safe and
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