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ACCREDITED PHARMACISTS SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
By Trish Russell
The Accredited Pharmacist Resource
Centre (APRC) was launched last month by
Grant Kardachi, PSA National President.
Speaking at, ConPharm, the Australian
Association of Consultant Pharmacists
(AACP) annual conference on the Sunshine
Coast Queensland Grant said, 'PSA has
become stronger in advocacy for accredited
pharmacists. We are launching an online
Accredited Pharmacist Resource Centre;
it is available to all PSA members on our
website. It has been specially developed
to enable accredited pharmacists to build
their career and fully utilise their skills
About 300 accredited pharmacists
attended ConPharm and they were able
to preview the APRC at the PSA display
(and meet Trish Russell, PSA's new APSIG
liaison person). Neil Petrie from PRN
Consulting said 'I think what PSA has done is
excellent; fantastic in fact. It puts everything
in one place.'
What is it?
This online centre brings together
information and resources for PSA members
at all stages of their journey as accredited
• Career start-up information
• Guidance on establishing your
• Accreditation and
• Links to essential forms and references
• Speci c program information on
Medication Management Review
• A library of resource articles and
Trish Russell is a Canberra-based
accredited pharmacist and PSA's liaison
person for the Accredited Pharmacist
Special Interest Group. She can be
contacted at: email@example.com
How do I access it?
The APRC brings together in one logical place
the information accredited pharmacists need
to start, maintain and grow their practice.
It is a resource to provide the detailed
information you need, with ideas and tips to
help you succeed ,and all in one place to save
The APRC can be accessed by PSA members
from the PSA website's home page.
Choose the supporting practice tab and then
special interest groups on the drop-down
menu. This takes you to Visit the Accredited
Pharmacist Resource Centre. Your PSA login
is required as the resource centre is only
available to PSA members. Then click on Go
to the Accredited Pharmacist Resource Centre.
What's in it?
It contains a series of topics each providing
information, resources and links, relevant to
both the clinical and business management
of accredited pharmacist practice.
For example, the MMR program information
gives a detailed step by step guide to the
process of Home Medication Reviews (HMR)
and Residential Medication Management
Reviews (RMMR), as well as for Quality
Use of Medicines (QUM). The content is
well organised, intuitive to navigate and
comprehensive in breadth and depth.
For those starting out as an accredited
pharmacist the MMR ow charts will
help comply with Medicare paperwork.
The business templates include an
action plan and a SWOT analysis to help
focus your plans. Under MMR program
information>HMR > HMR resource
material and under MMR program
information>RMMR> RMMR resource
material there are many case studies to help
with reports. Hints for things to include in
reports are given under the topic Manage
your HMR business.
More experienced pharmacists will use
other areas of the APRC. The MMR resource
material is a potential time-saver. It has
more than 80 articles on topics relevant for
HMR and RMMR.
Recent APSIG forum posts have discussed
personal safety during home visits.
The APRC includes information on
workplace safety and provides checklists
and fact sheets to help practise safely.
Keeping up with the administration and
paperwork is an important aspect of
running an HMR or RMMR practice. In the
APRC you will nd every form needed from
police checks, service provider application
forms, service agreements, tax invoice
templates, to the all-important claim
forms. There are some useful templates
for use in interviews and for business
requirements. Information and links for
encryption software are provided to help
Is anything missing?
The APRC o ers PSA member accredited
pharmacists a broad range of support.
A few minutes browsing the topics
will show the depth of resources.
However, if you think something should be
added we would welcome your feedback.
The centre will be constantly updated
as things evolve, for example the direct
hospital referral pathway for HMRs.
At the APRC launch Grant Kardachi said, 'it is
a very comprehensive document; it is also a
live document. A lot of work has gone into
the initial work around this and hopefully
you will nd it useful. We would love your
feedback on it's useful/it's not useful/it
needs further work. It is something we are
What about AACP?
AACP's mission is to provide transparent
and accountable processes for assessment
and accreditation procedures. The main
tasks of the AACP are to develop and
administer the accreditation procedures
PSA's mission is to empower members
to be health care leaders by building
capability and providing education and
resources to support your practice. PSA is
active in advocacy (including new models
of care); and in creating sustainability for
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