Pharmacist numbers continue to grow


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There are 220 more registered pharmacists in Australia than at the end of 2018, bringing the total to 31,785

New quarterly registration data from the Pharmacy Board shows that the number of pharmacists as at the end of March 2019 was 31,785, up from 31,565 at the end of December.

General registrations now sit at 28,820 pharmacists – up from 28,769 – with the majority in NSW (8,704), Victoria (7,361) and Queensland (5,818) followed by WA (3,107), SA (2,062) and Tasmania, at 693.

There were 550 pharmacists with general registration in the ACT and 232 in the Northern Territory, while 293 had no principal place of practice.

Australia-wide, there were 1,854 provisionally registered pharmacists, up from 1,630 at the end of 2018.

Sixteen pharmacists had a limited registration (postgraduate training or supervised practice) while 1,095 were registered as non-practising (down from 1,150 at the end of last year).

In terms of age, the largest group were aged 30 to 34 (6,409 pharmacists), followed by 25 to 29 (6,082) and 35-39 (5,050).

And the male-female divide grew a little in the last quarter: at the end of March, 19,964 registered pharmacists were female, up from 19,715 at the end of December; while 11,821 were male, down from 11,850 at the end of 2018.

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