The Pharmacy Board has announced its national general registration fee has risen for 2018/9
The Board has increased the fee for general registration to $396, up from $336 last year.
Pharmacy is one of three National Boards—Nursing and Midwifery and Physiotherapy being the others—which announced fee increases above indexation
This will cover the registration period for most practitioners of 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019.
The fee for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW is $396.
The Board says its decision to increase the fees, which fund the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, was made to ensure the Board has the funds required to carry out its duties and protect the public.
Board Chair William Kelly says that registration fees are used to meet the full cost of regulating the pharmacy profession and do not cross-subsidise other professions.
“Part of this cost is a strategic initiative which will change the assessment of notifications process to improve efficiency.
“This initiative will allow earlier resolutions and result in better outcomes for the notifier and the practitioner.
“In 2018/19, the Board is implementing projects and initiatives designed to strengthen our processes for ensuring that only pharmacists who are suitably trained and qualified to practise competently and ethically are registered, and to enable the continuous development of a responsive pharmacist workforce,” he said.
The Board has funded a competency assessment blueprint as part of its quality improvement program of work on its examinations for intern pharmacists, an intern and preceptor survey to explore options to improve the internship experience, continuing professional development planning tools to support pharmacists to meet their obligations for renewal of registration, competency mapping to support prescribing by pharmacists and conducted a prescribing forum to engage stakeholders to explore pharmacist prescribing to address public need.
Martin Fletcher, AHPRA CEO, says that improving public and practitioner experiences is a key priority for AHPRA.
“AHPRA is investing in modernising its information technology systems in order to meet the public and practitioner expectation of quicker online services,” Mr Fletcher says.
“We have extensive work underway which will deliver better IT and customer support.”
A full fee schedule which includes fees for interns, limited registration, non-practising registration and other registration types has been published on the Board’s website. This includes the fee arrangements for practitioners whose principal place of practice is NSW.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Health Practice, Chinese Medicine, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathy and Podiatry National Boards announced frozen fees.
The Dental, Medical, Psychology and Medical Radiation National Boards announced fee increases limited to indexation.