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FAQs for accredited
pharmacists and those
By Sarah Curulli
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The accredited pharmacist start-up kit takes
the stress out of starting up a new business.
All the information and resources you need
are packaged up into one kit, making the
process of launching into a new business
manageable and process driven. The
accredited pharmacist start-up kit will be
available online, free to PSA members.
Where can I find more information about
the changes in business rules that affect
With the recent changes in business
rules, PSA has reviewed and updated the
Guidelines for Pharmacists providing Home
Medicines Review (HMR) services (October
2011). These guidelines cover the new
process of direct referral to an accredited
pharmacist from a GP.
In 2012, there will be more changes that will
impact upon accredited pharmacists. These
changes relate to hospital referred HMRs
following a hospital discharge. Once the
new rules are announced, PSA will work to
update the guidelines in a timely manner to
support accredited pharmacists.
I have completed the Medication
Management Review Stage One course.
How can I access extra assistance to
complete the accreditation process?
Many candidates complete the first stage
of the accreditation process, but never
progress further through the assessments
that finalise accreditation. This can be due
to a variety of reasons, one being that the
processes following the Stage One course
can be perceived as time consuming and
challenging. PSA will pilot a new program
in 2012 -- Medication Management
Review (MMR) mentoring. This program
will take participants through a series
of three group workshop sessions with
an experienced accredited pharmacist
mentor together with other pharmacists
who are currently progressing through the
next stages of this process. These sessions
will address items such as: what markers
are looking for; common mistakes; report
writing tips and will provide guidance for
pharmacists with regards to completion of
required case studies. As these workshops
will be conducted as face-to-face or
teleconference sessions, pharmacists in
remote and rural locations will also be able
to access this program.
Often I have complex issues and queries
that I want to discuss with other accredited
pharmacists. How can I do this?
The PSA APSIG (Accredited Pharmacist
Special Interest Group) Forum is available
on the PSA website (http://forum.psa.
org.au/). This forum, exclusively for PSA
members, provides accredited pharmacists
with a means of communication with their
peers. A member of the APSIG National
Committee monitors this forum throughout
the year and can respond to any queries
or issues that are of concern. PSA staff
pharmacists also monitor the forum and
The APSIG Forum is a valuable resource
for accredited pharmacists and PSA
encourages all accredited pharmacists to
use this forum to communicate with their
In 2012, PSA is striving to further support
accredited pharmacists. If you are interested
in any of the programs mentioned in this
article, please contact: APSIG@psa.org.au
Sarah Curulli is a Project Pharmacist with
the PSA Practice Support Unit based
I am an accredited pharmacist and I want to
start up my own small business. What can I do?
This year PSA will launch the accredited
pharmacists start-up kit, designed to
direct accredited pharmacists to the best
tools and resources available to aid in the
development of a new business. This online
resource will provide links to tools which
enable pharmacists to undertake business
plans, financial plans and marketing plans,
to name a few. This comprehensive resource
also covers items such as:
• Obtaining an Australian Business
• Business Activity Statements (BAS)
• Insurance for businesses
• Occupational Health and Safety
• HMR program specific guidelines
• RMMR service provision
• QUM services
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