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New program launched by PDL and PSA to boost pharmacy leadership skills

A new program to empower pharmacists develop their leadership skills has been developed by Pharmaceutical Defence Ltd (PDL) in partnership with the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

The Career Essentials Program will deliver a range of online modules and workshops to help pharmacy students, interns and pharmacists develop their non-clinical skills to make a real difference in care and outcomes.

The program focuses on the areas of Be work ready, Communicate effectively, Working together and Leading the way. The program is modularised to support development from student to leader and can be tailored for an individual, depending on the stage of their career.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said the program allowed pharmacists to gain practical and up-to-date knowledge and skills to maximise their career potential.

“These non-clinical skills are vital because they enhance pharmacists’ ability to deliver quality health outcomes for patients,” Dr Jackson said.

“The Career Essentials Program supports pharmacists to be work ready, work collaboratively, communicate effectively and become a leader in their profession.”

PDL CEO David Brown said: “PDL is a proud supporter of the Career Essentials Program. We are passionate supporters of education around risk minimisation in the pharmacy, which is an extension of the incident support service we offer to pharmacists and the complimentary cover we offer to interns and students.”

The Career Essentials Program is free and exclusive for PSA members. Online modules are now available on PSA’s website and workshop dates will be released soon.

The program is set to evolve in the next year with new topics added to further support leadership development in every pharmacy setting.

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