Pharmacists flock to Advancing Practice

The first round of Australia’s new centralised mechanism for assessing pharmacists’ career achievements has received a strong nationwide response

Applications for round one of Advancing Practice have exceeded more than double the target for intake, revealing a strong interest in the new program.

While the final figure will not be publicly disclosed until the completion of credentialing in August, Chair of the Advancing Practice Advisory Board Associate Professor Ian Coombes says the number of applicants well and truly exceeded expectations.

“I am delighted at the number of pharmacists who have put their hand up to prepare a practice portfolio for evaluation, feedback and consideration for credentialing – the figure is more than double our initial target for round one,” says Associate Professor Coombes.

“The extraordinary response proves the Australian pharmacist workforce is keen and motivated to seek a formal process of external evaluation, feedback and recognition for the impact they have made – and continue to make – in the wide and varied scope of their practice, which continues to have an impact on patient care.”

Associate Professor Coombes says applications came from every Australian state and the ACT, and from across a range of practice settings.

“It was interesting that South Australians were significantly overrepresented, but otherwise we welcomed a relatively even spread of applicants from around the country.”

“It is exciting that pharmacists practising in community, hospital and consultant pharmacy, and across academia and research institutes, who are members of every pharmacy professional body in Australia and some from overseas, are already committed to the credentialing process.”

Associate Professor Coombes says the success of the round one intake is a testament to the years of research and refinement supported by Australian pharmacy bodies, and the rigour of its overarching governance, which comprises leaders from across academic, community, general practice and hospital pharmacy.

“Most importantly, pharmacy practitioners are becoming increasingly engaged in a robust, formal, independent recognition process of the breadth and depth of their impact on medicines management and patient care.”

Round 2 of Advancing Practice opens on Monday 4 June 2018.

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