Advancing Practice has again opened for applications, marking Round 1 of the 2019 program and the second year of Australia’s new pharmacy practitioner credentialing pathway
Round 1 – which closes Friday 15 February 2019, after which applicants will have four months to compile their practice portfolio for independent evaluation – is the fourth Advancing Practice round overall since last year’s successful launch in March, and first credentialing announcement in October.
Nam-Anh Nguyen, Advanced Practice Pharmacist from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, one of the first pharmacists to undertake Advancing Practice, credits the program with providing the focus and inspiration to balance her career with starting a family.
“Beyond the value of understanding the impact of my practice, an unexpected benefit has been building my professional confidence after returning from parental leave, with another period of parental leave soon,” says Ms Nguyen.
“I feel much more relaxed, knowing I won’t ‘fall behind’. Advancing Practice has affirmed my career stage and helped me map out my future growth.”
Jared Brown, Advanced Practice Pharmacist from the NSW Poisons Information Centre, hosted by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, was also credentialed last year, having first undertaken the Australian Pharmacy Council’s pilot Advanced Practice program in 2015.
“The first time I went through the accreditation process I was credentialed at Stage 2 and this time around I knew I needed to focus on better documenting what I had already done, to capture evidence of my practice properly,” he says.
“The best feedback I can give to pharmacists about to tackle Advancing Practice is to plan ahead – the portal and software is very user friendly, but you do need time to build your portfolio!”
Applications can be made here.