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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7 Comments

  1. Andrew Gray
    14/06/2019

    That’s 5.5 registered pharmacists for each of Australia’s 5700 pharmacies

  2. Andrew Gray
    14/06/2019

    That’s 5.5 registered pharmacists for each of Australia’s 5700 pharmacies

    • Ex-Pharmacist
      14/06/2019

      Your forgetting about hospital pharmacists. There are thousands of pharmacists working in public hospitals, and to a much lesser extent, private hospitals. For some reason the Pharmacy Board never release the numbers of Community vs Hospital pharmacists, possibly because many pharmacists don’t answer the ‘place of practice’ question at annual registration time. I know I never did.

    • Ex-Pharmacist
      14/06/2019

      Your forgetting about hospital pharmacists. There are thousands of pharmacists working in public hospitals, and to a much lesser extent, private hospitals. For some reason the Pharmacy Board never release the numbers of Community vs Hospital pharmacists, possibly because many pharmacists don’t answer the ‘place of practice’ question at annual registration time. I know I never did.

      • Andrew Gray
        14/06/2019

        How many hospital/non community pharmacists would there be, 5000? Let’s say 10,000. That still leaves almost 4 registered pharmacists for each and every pharmacy in Australia, and growing.

        • Peter Carr
          15/06/2019

          There are many overseas pharmacists trained in Australia that work here the minimum number of hours to keep their Australian registration – they come over for a month or so locum/holiday each year, I’ve employed a few on occasion. Also, many choosing a part time career to fit in with family, there would also be some running the business and not necessarily in practice situations full time. There is no accurate community FTE dispensing pharmacist data – nor will there ever be.

  3. Ex-Pharmacist
    14/06/2019

    This story brings to mind a now famous quote from Queensland pharmacy owner Steve Flavel:

    “The best a pharmacy owner can do to make profit in the new pharmacy economy is to take advantage of swirling numbers of new recruits to pharmacy who never had any idea of what they were in for and offer them up as cheap labour to allow community pharmacy doors to remain open.

    “For those who don’t have the option to walk away from their careers (and I sincerely suggest you do if you can) is to I’ll give what part time work I can or pass on to who I think might be interested in the relevant (Brisbane) area where I can. Regards and best wishes to all you poor buggers out there trying to land yourselves some work.”

    Source: https://whrl.pl/RezxCL

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