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Applications have opened for the final round of Advancing Practice for 2018, and the program has also announced final credentialing post-nominals

Interested pharmacists can apply here for the final round of Advancing Practice for 2018, with applications closing on Friday 14 September.

Following the two-week application period, pharmacists will have four months to collate evidence and submit their practice portfolio via the Advancing Practice portal.

View the organisation’s FAQs for process and submission information, pricing and payment plans, round timelines and key resources.

Recent action from the Advisory Board has also confirmed three levels of postnominals will be available to credentialed program participants: AdvPP(I), AdvPP(II) and Adv. Prac. Pharm.

Associate Professor Ian Coombes, Chair of the Advisory Board, says the postnominals are an important
aspect of participants’ credentialing outcome.

“Being able to quickly and concisely convey credentialing at Stage I Advancing Practice, Stage II Advancing Practice or as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist is a confident signal to the Australian community that the profession is practising at a high level,” says A/Prof Coombes.

“The FIP’s Advanced Practice and Specialisation in Pharmacy: Global Report 2015 showed 20 countries and territories indicated the use of a formal post-nominal for individuals that matches professional
recognition of specialisation and/or advanced practice, so it is fitting that Advancing Practice similarly
recognises all levels of achievement as part of the Australian program.”

Meanwhile several Advancing Practice program leaders have been celebrated as being among Australian pharmacy’s top agenda setters in a pharmacy media poll.

Among the ’12 Agenda Setters’ and runners-up in the online Australian Journal of Pharmacy poll were Clinical Associate Professor Debbie Rigby, Elise Apolloni, Dr Chris Freeman, and Professor Lisa Nissen from the Advancing Practice Advisory Board.

Associate Professor Rigby, Professor Nissen and Dr Freeman are recognised as Advanced Practice
Pharmacists through the 2015 Australian Pharmacy Council pilot.

In a busy time for the collaborative program, several members of the board have contributed to research on the development and realisation of Advanced Practice credentialing in Australia, featured at the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (FIP Congress) 2018 in Glasgow, UK this week.

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  1. Rural Pharmacist
    21/11/2018

    Can the AJP publish the actual data supporting this initiative? There actually is none. Advanced Credentialing has not shown to result in better pharmacists, patient outcomes or improved perception of pharmacists. The UK has a very different model of actual courses which credential pharmacists to prescribe (governed by their regulatory board) and another advancing thing through RPS which is struggling to get numbers. The UK training courses we should be mirroring, not this. This is another regulatory barrier masquerading as workforce planning.
    It will become a barrier forcing talent out of pharmacy and act as a barrier to talent joining. To be a pharmacist now you need to do a 4 year course, 1 year internship, intern training program, oral and written exam, and depending on path : hospital residency, post grad degree and now to top it off apply and pay $700 to a self governing group to maybe become “advanced”.
    This may not affect the credentialing board who have 40 applicants for every metropolitan job ad , but rural sites it’s hard to attract good pharmacists and we don’t need this group deciding who’s a good pharmacist and who’s not.

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