Advancing Practice launched


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The new pathway for providing recognised pharmacy credentials is now open for applications

The Advancing Practice program, announced to be making a comeback at the SHPA’s Medicines Management Conference late last year, has now opened for applications.

Applications to be part of Round 1 of the program are open until Thursday 15 March.

Applicants will then have four months to submit their portfolios, peer assessments and impact statements for evaluation.

Within the program, practice portfolios will be assessed against five domains:

  1. Professionalism and ethics
  2. Communication and collaboration
  3. Medicines management and patient care
  4. Leadership and management
  5. Education and research

Successful applicants will be awarded credentials as either Stage I Advancing Practice, Stage II Advancing Practice, or as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist.

“Advancing Practice recognition is for all pharmacists, regardless of their practice base and scope of practice,” says Associate Professor Ian Coombes, Chair of the program’s advisory board.

The pathway provides independent recognition of career progression and achievement, with each portfolio of evidence assessed by expert evaluators, he says.

“In the longer term, an Advancing Practice credential should be used in employment models and as a basis to support and recognise workforce development in order to improve and expand pharmacy services.”

Dr Chris Freeman, vice-president of the PSA and a fellow member of the advisory board, says the program is suitable for all pharmacists across various sectors.

“It is important for pharmacists and employers to consider the Advancing Practice credential, as a confident signal to the Australian community that the profession is practising at a high level.”

The launch comes at a perfect time for Australian pharmacy, says WA pharmacist Deirdre Criddle, who participated in the Australian Pharmacy Council’s 2015 Advanced Practice pilot.

“The healthcare landscape is definitely changing – Advancing Practice gives us the perfect vehicle to move our profession forward.”

The Advancing Practice Advisory Board comprises leaders from across the profession and consumer health, including:

  • Associate Professor Ian Coombes – Chair (Director of Pharmacy, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland)
  • Debbie Rigby – Deputy Chair (Consultant clinical pharmacist and NPS MedicineWise Board Director)
  • Elise Apolloni (Community pharmacist and pharmacy owner, Capital Chemist Wanniassa)
  • Dr Catherine Duggan (Director of Professional Development at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain)
  • Dr Chris Freeman (Consultant Practice Pharmacist at Camp Hill Healthcare, Clinical Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland and Vice President at the PSA)
  • Associate Professor Kirstie Galbraith (Advanced Practice Pharmacist and Director, Experiential Development and Graduate Education at Monash University)
  • Professor Lisa Nissen (Head, School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology)
  • Professor Debra Rowett (Discipline Leader, External Relations School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences at the University of South Australia)
  • Sam Turner (Pharmacist manager, Priceline Pharmacy, Hervey Bay)
  • Leanne Wells (CEO, CHF Australia)

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