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the Sixth CPA
BY PETER WATERMAN
Agreements are one of the
fundamental drivers of the
pharmacy profession in Australia
and PSA is preparing for a very
active involvement in negotiations
leading up to the signing of the
Sixth Agreement (6CPA).
A 6CPA team has been established
which is tasked with putting PSA's
views on the table and working
with stakeholders to ensure the best
outcomes for pharmacists, stakeholders
As we move into 2014 there will be
heightened action by PSA and other
pharmacy groups over negotiations to
secure the best possible outcomes in
PSA's position on 6CPA is that it should be
negotiated in the context of it being the
cornerstone of pharmacy's contribution
to the provision of a comprehensive suite
of primary healthcare services for the
community which are fundamental to
the future of the profession.
This approach will enable pharmacists
to be better identified as health care
clinicians and community pharmacies to
be regarded as healthcare destinations.
In approaching the upcoming
negotiations on 6CPA, PSA is of the
view that the Agreement's underlying
framework be structured around four
• ensuring the pharmacy network and
• safe and quality dispensing of PBS/
• optimising medication management for
consumers (chronic disease focus), and
• Improving public health.
To underpin our approach, the society
will be applying the following
1. Maintaining a viable community
pharmacy network is essential
PSA is strongly committed to the
existing community pharmacy
network which serves the needs
of Australians well. This network is
the preferred method of delivering
medicines made available through the
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
which provides equitable access to a
range of cost effective pharmaceuticals
to the community. All programs
and services should make best use
of both the pharmacist workforce
and the established infrastructure of
2. Dispensing and supply of medicines
is a key consumer entry point into
community pharmacy services.
The dispensing and supply of
medicines encompasses multiple
components of professional activities
and should be recognised and
remunerated as a health service rather
than a retail transaction.
3. Professional programs must focus
on the consumer and be funded and
delivered on the basis of clinical need.
a. PSA believes in a community
pharmacy model which promotes
the delivery of quality primary
health care services to meet
consumers' health care needs.
b. Each professional program is a
unique, cost-effective response
to identified health care needs
in the community and as such
should be considered on its own
merits for inclusion in or exclusion
from 6CPA. It is inappropriate for
any program funding proposal
under consideration for 6CPA to be
subjected to any 'trade-offs' against
or perceived as 'compensation' for
other programs as occurred in 5CPA.
These key principles will be the guiding
criteria in our efforts to secure the
best possible Agreement for you,
our members. We will be keeping you up
to date with regular eBulletins as well as
articles in Australian Pharmacist.
There's been no shortage of accolades
for pharmacy graduate, Belinda Fattore
during her four year degree at Charles Sturt
Belinda, from Griffith in the NSW Riverina
region, received a Bachelor of Pharmacy
with Distinction during a formal ceremony
at CSU in Wagga Wagga in December.
She was one of more than 70 graduates who
completed the pharmacy program in 2013
through the School of Biomedical Sciences
at CSU in Orange and Wagga Wagga.
During her studies, Belinda received
numerous academic awards and
scholarships including the PSA (NSW)
Branch Award for General Proficiency in
fourth Year Bachelor of Pharmacy which
was presented to her during the graduation
ceremony. She has now received the PSA
Award in each year of her four year degree.
'I am thrilled to be graduating,' Belinda said.
'Although a big chapter of my life has come
workforce. I am extremely grateful for the
skills Charles Sturt University has honed
in me; not only pharmacy specific skills,
but vital life skills.
'The Bachelor of Pharmacy program has been
an invigorating experience. Its challenging
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