Ever fancied a move to the Northern Territory? Pharmacists will be offered thousands to head north
Community pharmacists are among the ‘high priority’ professionals who will be offered thousands of dollars to move to the Northern Territory for work, as part of the NT Government’s new population strategy.
The PSA played a significant role in gaining this recognition for community pharmacists’ role in providing high-quality health outcomes across the NT.
PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said PSA had engaged with local community pharmacists and health organisations to highlight the industry’s need for support.
“People in the NT face significant challenges when it comes to accessing healthcare and medicines, especially with such a geographically dispersed population,” Dr Jackson said.
“As the medicines experts, community pharmacists play an invaluable role in helping their local communities overcome these issues by providing trusted and readily accessible healthcare.
“However, rural and regional pharmacies in particular need more support to attract and retain qualified staff.
“Having advocated for greater recognition and remuneration of pharmacists in the NT, PSA welcomes the NT Government’s commitment to strengthening our community pharmacy network.”
PSA SA/NT Branch Committee Member Sam Keitaanpaa said, “This is a fantastic achievement for PSA SA/NT, the NT Government and those who advocated for recognition that many of our community pharmacies rely on locum staff or are consistently understaffed, especially outside Darwin.
“Working in the NT can be challenging but offers the chance to be at the forefront of our profession’s shift towards non-traditional roles and maximising our scope of practice.
“There are massive opportunities to work closely with Aboriginal Health Services, design and trial health promotions and interventions and engage with underrepresented and vulnerable groups.
“I have already had people enquire about working up here and I hope this incentive will attract more enthusiastic pharmacists who want to be part of the close-knit profession making big differences in the community.”
High priority occupations moving to the NT will receive up to $3,000 for individuals, $6,000 for couples and $7,000 for families to help with moving and living costs. They will be eligible for further payments if they stay in the NT for five years.
Registrations for the incentive open 1 November 2018 and are also open to overseas migrants.