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Must-do versus nice-to-do
I refer to the interesting article by
Dr Laetitia Hattingh entitled Must-do
versus nice-to-do, in the August 2013
edition of Australian Pharmacist (page
36.) The article discusses and contrasts
the nature of professional standards
and guidelines and how these reflect
the values, goals and aspirations of the
profession. However, there is a significant
omission in the article because it makes
only passing reference to guidelines
developed by the Pharmacy Board of
Australia (the Board) and no reference
to the Board's registration standards1
Under the Health Practitioner Regulation
National Law, as in force in each state and
territory (the National Law) the Board
must develop registration standards on
a range of matters, including matters
relevant to eligibility for registration for
approval by Ministerial Council2 (s38).
These registration standards outline the
requirements to be met by applicants
to be eligible for general registration
(s52) and renewal of registration (s110).
They also support the Board to make
decisions about such matters.
The Board may also develop and approve
codes and guidelines to provide guidance
to pharmacists (s39).
The Board's registration standards,
codes and guidelines strongly
influence the professional conduct
of individual practitioners in terms of
both legal requirements and principles
guiding good practice. This provides
a clear framework for the professional
bodies in the development of their
professional standards and guidelines.
The Board gives legal standing to such
professional standards and guidelines
through adoption into its standards
Rod Wellard, PhD
Pharmacy Board of Australia
1. Pharmacy Board of Australia registration standards at: www.
2. Ministerial Council means the Australian Health Workforce
Ministerial Council comprising Ministers of the governments
of the participating jurisdictions and the Commonwealth with
portfolio responsibility for health.
3. Pharmacy Board of Australia codes and guidelines at www.
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A no surprises approach
By Andrew Daniels
Any resolution to the chemotherapy
reimbursement issue will not impact on
Fifth Community Pharmacy programs
the Health Minister, Peter Dutton MP
told guests at the Pharmacy Guild annual
dinner in the Great Hall in Parliament
House on 19 November.
He said the Government wanted a
no surprises approach in its dealings
He said: 'Although we have not made
an official announcement I can share
with you that it is not the Government's
intention to take funding for
chemotherapy therapy from the existing
community pharmacy agreement.'
Mr Dutton went on to say, 'I want to
ensure pharmacists see adequate return
on investments in their pharmacy. I want
young pharmacists coming through to
see a future in their industry. I want banks
to see sound investments in the sector.'
He said that if the government walked
away from the 'footprint of pharmacists'
in the community it would be doing a
great disservice to the community.
'Yes there are irritations and elephants
in the room but we have to work our
way around these irritations. We want
to provide certainty as we go forward,'
George Tambassis, Peter Dutton and Grant Kardachi
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