Advancing practice

Applications have opened for Round 3 2019 of Advancing Practice, as the pool of accredited practitioners expands across hospital, community and academic pharmacy

For the third time in 2019 Australian pharmacists have the opportunity to assess their impact and influence on pharmacy practice and patient care, with participants in the current round to receive their results early in 2020.

Round 3 applications close Friday 14 June 2019, after which applicants will have four months to prepare a comprehensive practice portfolio for evaluation and the opportunity to join hundreds of peers credentialed as either AdvPP(I), AdvPP(II) or AdvPracPharm.

Kirrily Chambers AdvPP(II), Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) at South Australia’s Green Dispensary Pharmacy says her unconventional career drove her to participate in Round 3 2018 of the credentialing program.

“I was inspired to take on the challenge of Advancing Practice as I feel my role does break the mould – I work as a diabetes educator and, as part of my varied roles, I have focused on developing a true in-pharmacy ‘one-stop shop’ for education and supply.

“I loved the portfolio-building process as it forces you to stop and consider the full scope of activities you have undertaken – those that have had a positive impact on your colleagues and the profession but, more importantly, those that have made a difference in the lives of the people with diabetes we care for.”

Associate Professor Kirstie Galbraith AdvPracPharm, member of the Advancing Practice Advisory Board says the program continues to prosper in its second year.

“It is often cited that pharmacy is in the top few most-trusted professions in Australia and we owe it to our patients and customers to continue to grow our skills and enhance the services we offer.

“Being evaluated against the robust Advancing Practice framework provides a strong and clear reflection of participants’ current pharmacy practice, while providing a template for improvement to ensure practitioners are providing an exceptional patient experience in everything they do.”

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