‘Pharmacists must be valued.’

Kristen Michaels

The SHPA has called for pharmacists to be “appropriately valued” as their roles grow and change

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels responded to an article published in the AJP earlier this week, which reported on the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s submission to the Fair Work Commission.

This submission was in response to a work value claim made by APESMA (Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia – now PPA).

The Pharmacy Guild argued that APESMA had not demonstrated the “significant net addition” to the work of pharmacists required in a work value case.

Ms Michaels told the AJP that evidence of the growing impact and influence of pharmacists continues to build, across the sector.

“There is no question new pharmacy roles are emerging and core pharmacy roles are expanding in scope – SHPA continues to advocate for growing recognition of this unique expertise and its criticality to patient care,” Ms Michaels says. 

“For example, SHPA remains committed to the Advanced Practice Collaborative as a strategic driver of the new Advancing Practice program, and our Specialty Practice streams provide a nationwide conduit for harnessing the collective expertise of pharmacists to develop and deliver new and enhanced resources to improve all areas of pharmacy practice.”

Ms Michaels says optimal care for all Australians depends on a national pharmacist workforce that is well-trained and appropriately valued.

“As well as attracting the best and brightest students to a long and successful career in pharmacy, fostering pharmacists’ excellence is particularly important to supporting patients as they move from the community into hospital and back to the community again, a time when poor medicines use can have grave ramifications.

 “As Australia’s number two most trusted professional group, pharmacists must be valued by the health system as much as they are valued by the public.”

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