The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has announced that from 2019, all Guild Intern Training Program enrolees will have free access to its pharmacist vaccination course
Starting from next year, interns undertaking the Guild Intern Training Program will be able to complete their accreditation to provide pharmacist-administered vaccination services as a free benefit of the program.
The Pharmacy Guild is the only intern training provider to currently be offering this.
Guild National Manager for the Intern Training Program Tim Roberts said the program provides enrolees the opportunity to upskill at no extra cost.
“The Guild Intern Training Program is committed to ensuring that all enrolees in the program are appropriately skilled to practice to the full extent of their scope as a pharmacist,” said Mr Roberts.
“By including the Guild Vaccination Course for Pharmacists as a free benefit with the Guild Intern Training Program, we are preparing the future pharmacist workforce to provide safe and convenient access to pharmacist-led vaccination services across Australia.”
Mr Roberts said that research has shown the importance of offering vaccination at a community pharmacy level.
“Market research conducted as part of the Guild’s Community Pharmacy 2025 (CP2025) project found patients strongly supported expanded health services being available from their local pharmacy, with vaccination one of the most frequently nominated services.
“That’s why the Pharmacy Guild of Australia is committed to ensuring that early career pharmacists are skilled, ready and able to deliver vaccination services and support their local community’s health,” he said.
Enrolments in the Guild Intern Training Program are open across all states and territories in Australia.
Disclaimer: Ability for pharmacists to undertake training and provide administration of vaccinations varies across all States and Territories, all Guild enrolled interns will be provided with an opportunity to complete the Guild Vaccination Course for Pharmacists (free of charge) at an appropriate time for their jurisdiction of practice.