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The national registration of 24,000
pharmacists across Australia was due to
be renewed with the Pharmacy Board of
Australia by 30 November 2011.
The Board is pleased to advise that 94% of
pharmacists submitted their application
for renewal of registration to the
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation
Agency (AHPRA) on time.
These pharmacists have either been
registered until 30 November 2012 or
their application is still in assessment.
Pharmacists who held general registration
and who are awaiting confirmation that
their registration has been renewed are
still able to practise in the profession
while their application is assessed. Their
name remains listed on the National
Register of Pharmacists.
On behalf of the Board, I would like to
thank your organisation for its support
during the 2011 registration renewal
campaign. Your help in promoting the
message of 'renew online and on time'
to your members, by email and monthly
publications, no doubt contributed to a
successful uptake in online renewal by
Pharmacists who did not renew their
registration by 30 November 2011 are
now in the late period built into the
Health Practitioner Regulation National
Law Act (the National Law) as in force
in each state and territory. If these
pharmacists wish to keep practising,
they have until 31 December 2011 to
apply to renew. Pharmacists can still
do this online and will be charged a
late payment fee in addition to the
registration renewal fee.
AHPRA has sent reminders to pharmacists
who must now renew in the late period
and to date a further 2% of pharmacists
have renewed in December.
Any pharmacist who does not contact
AHPRA before close of business on
3 January 2012 must be removed from
the National Register of Pharmacists.
(The deadline to renew has been
extended in line with AHPRA policy, as the
due date falls on a weekend, followed by
a public holiday).
The registration of any pharmacist who
does not apply in time will lapse and they
will not be able to practise pharmacy
in Australia until a new application has
been approved. Under the National Law,
neither the National Board nor AHPRA
have any discretion about this.
Pharmacists who miss the deadline have
four weeks after this date to make a
fast-track application for registration if
they wish to keep practising. This is a new
application for registration and will incur
an application fee, a registration fee and a
fast-track application fee.
These pharmacists should note that they
are not able to practise pharmacy until
their fast-track registration application
Under the National Registration and
Accreditation Scheme, all registered
practitioners in the National Scheme are
responsible for renewing their registration
on time. Therefore it is important that
pharmacists keep their contact details
provided to AHPRA, including email
address, current and up-to-date. This will
help the Board and AHPRA in their efforts
to communicate important information
to pharmacists over the coming year,
especially in the months leading up to
the 2012 health practitioner renewal of
registration (30 November 2012).
Thank you again for your support and the
National Board looks forward to working
with your organisation in 2012.
Chair Pharmacy Board of Australia
90 day warning
The Department of Veterans' Affairs
(DVA) is introducing a 90 day warning
protocol for payment of Repatriation
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS)
with claims incorrect names or DVA
A letter to PSA CEO Liesel Wett from DVA
outlined the changes. It said that the
protocol would apply to payments of
claims for RPBS clients processed through
the Department of Human Services
Medicare Online Claim Process.
This means that when an incorrect DVA
file number or client name has been
entered, the pharmacy will have 90 days
to correct the details or further claims by
the pharmacy will not be paid for that
The letter went on to say that the
initiative would 'help to improve RPBS
data quality, which would in turn improve
the support provided by 'a number of DVA
programs, such as the Veterans' Medicines
Advice and Therapeutics Education
Services (Veterans' MATES) and DVA's dose
administration aid service.'
The letter said, 'It is expected that
the new arrangement will be in place
from March 2012. DVA will be working
with Medicare to ensure the new
arrangements are clearly communicated
to your members. We will also provide
appropriate assistance and advice to
pharmacists through the Veterans' Affairs
Pharmaceutical Advisory Centre (VAPAC)'.
Under the new arrangements where
either the first or surname match with
the DVA file number the claim will be
accepted but the PBS Online will display
a time warning message. And for 90 days
all subsequent supplies by the same
pharmacy to the same client will be paid.
After 90 days the payment will be rejected
if the details have not been corrected.
Where client details entered are identified
as incorrect DVA advises pharmacists to
ask the client for their current DVA card
which has the correct DVA file number
and name details. This will enable
pharmacy records to be updated. If the
details cannot be updated the pharmacy
should contact VAPAC on
Tel: 1800 552 580 for assistance.
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