Expanded services not outside pharmacy scope: PSA

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The PSA has hit back at claims by the AMA in its King Review submission that expanded services funded under the 6CPA are beyond pharmacists’ scope.

The AMA also said that it had “no concerns” about pharmacies being located within or adjacent to supermarkets provided a registered pharmacist remain responsible for dispensing, and that current restrictions on co-location of medical and pharmacy services are difficult to justify.

“PSA supports the retention of the current provisions relating to ownership of pharmacies and State and Territory legislative restrictions on the co-location of pharmacies and supermarkets,” says PSA CEO Dr Lance Emerson.

“PSA also strongly supports pharmacists’ delivery of evidence-based services within pharmacists’ scope of practice that meet consumer health needs,” he says.

“Advice to consumers on a range of conditions, including smoking cessation and some other services mentioned in the AMA submission are well within the current scope of practice for pharmacists, and covered within the Competency Standards required of all registered pharmacists.

“Such services make good use of the available health workforce and should be supported as important public health initiatives.

“Regarding General Practice pharmacists, PSA broadly supports AMA’s proposed model, however as previously stated, PSA firmly believes that the pharmacist hourly rate modelled in AMA’s submission is too low, and there is still much discussion to be had on the best model for payment.”

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