King urges employee pharmacists to make Review submissions

Professor Stephen King and the pharmacists’ union are urging employee pharmacists to make a submission to the King Review

The Chair of the Federal Government’s Review into Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation has met with Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) for an in-depth discussion about the important role that employee pharmacists will play in the future direction of the profession.

Professor Stephen King and PPA’s management committee took the opportunity to discuss the current and future challenges likely to face many employee pharmacists, including workload pressures, the tension between retail and healthcare, pharmacy automation, the need for robust accountability measures, and the under-utilisation of pharmacists’ skills.

PPA says it pointed out to Prof King that employee pharmacists are key stakeholders in this Review and that it is patients—not vested interests—who need to be put at the centre of the Review’s final recommendations.

“I’m confident that Professor King will have left our discussion much better briefed about pharmacy issues from the perspective of employee pharmacists,” says president Dr March.

At the meeting, Prof King encouraged employee pharmacists to contribute to the Review by sharing their views either directly with the Review Panel, or via PPA.

“Professor King left us with no doubt that this independent review is a huge opportunity for employee pharmacists to put their views forward about the future of our practice,” says Dr March.

“We discussed and understand that some employee pharmacists—who might be critical of current work practices—could feel pressure from their employer not to make a submission about their working experiences.

“It would be a mistake if employee pharmacists missed this chance because they feel that their anonymity cannot be assured.”

The group plans to collate submissions from employee pharmacists, redacting any identifiable information, and attach them to its own submission to the Review.

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