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The number of registered pharmacists in Australia continues to grow, as the Pharmacy Board releases its latest data profiling the sector’s workforce

According to the Board’s latest data, there was a total of 31,955 registered pharmacists in Australia at June 2019.

This was a rise from the number at the end of March – 31,785 pharmacists – as well as the end of December, when 31,565 pharmacists were registered.

The Board says that the June number comprises 29,034 general registration pharmacists, plus 1,789 provisionally registered pharmacists, 16 with limited registration and 1,116 non-practising registrations.

The age group comprising the most pharmacists is the 30 to 34 age group, with 6,474 pharmacists registered. Next in line are 25 to 29-year-olds, with 6,058 pharmacists in this age group registered.

The smallest age group was those aged 80-plus, with 159 registered, followed by 75 to 79-year-olds, of whom there are 233.

There are 1,926 pharmacists registered who are aged under 25.

Women continue to dominate the profession, with 62.8% of registered pharmacists in Australia now female.

This is particularly the case in the ACT, where 66.7% of pharmacists are female; Tasmania has the highest proportion of male pharmacists, at 60.6%.

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