Funding boost for support service

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The Pharmacists’ Support Service has received funding from the Pharmacy Board to develop and expand wellbeing resources for the pharmacy profession

The Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS), which has been supporting pharmacists for 25 years through its telephone support line, is pleased to announce that funding has been provided by the Pharmacy Board of Australia to develop additional resources to enhance the wellbeing of the pharmacy profession.

Announced on World Pharmacists’ Day 2020, this funding will enable PSS to be more proactive and provide information and education about maintaining mental health and wellbeing, said the organisation.

The work to be undertaken by PSS is funded by the Board under contract with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The funds are to be used specifically for the following projects:

  • raising awareness of health issues such as stress, bullying, trauma, resilience and mental health amongst pharmacists, interns, students and employers of pharmacists via the PSS website and social media platforms;
  • development of electronic information and educational materials for pharmacists, interns and students, education providers and employers about the role, responsibilities and management of pharmacists and students with health related problems in the workplace and appropriate action when a pharmacist or student has a health impairment; and
  • development of a database of health services available to pharmacists and students with a health impairment or at risk of an impairment.

“This funding will allow PSS to expand what we do to have a proactive role,” said PSS President John Coppock.

“We will continue to provide our confidential phone service which is funded by our member organisations and our fundraising activities.

“However we can now undertake educational activities to reduce the risk of health impairment in the profession.”

Mr Coppock stressed that PSS will continue to operate independently of the Pharmacy Board to support all pharmacists, interns and pharmacy students in a non-judgemental way, whatever their situation.

“PSS is about pharmacists supporting pharmacists, through our trained volunteers who are all pharmacists or retired pharmacists,” he said.

The organisations which continue to provide funding for the work of PSS and enable the telephone service to operate include:

  • Australian Friendly Societies Pharmacies Association
  • Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd
  • Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria Ltd
  • Professional Pharmacists Australia
  • Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
  • National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association

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