A draft final report has been given to the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee on the review of the National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia.
The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association has been working as a consultant to the PPDC to inform the review. It supplied the PPDC’s March meeting with a draft final report on the findings of the background research, literature review and stakeholder consultation.
The PPDC considered the consultant’s recommendations on the structure, type and format of competencies required to reflect contemporary practice and likely future changes to pharmacy practice in Australia.
The PPDC discussed plans for the next stage of the review which will involve detailed consideration of the structure, format and wording of the competency standards and revision taking into account the AHHA recommendations informed by future consultations with PPDC member organisations and the broader profession.
The March meeting also saw the PPDC discuss progress on the Australian Pharmacy Council pilot program to credential advanced practice pharmacists.
The Committee was pleased to learn of the greater than expected level of interest shown by pharmacists and the breadth of professional practice areas. The PPDC acknowledged the important contributions of the pilot participants in advancing the pharmacy profession.