Almost 1,700 pharmacists across Australia have identified their preferred career paths using the Career Pathways portal developed by the PSA.
The Career Pathways member service allows pharmacists to focus on specific career paths using a tailored suite of education and practice support resources to guide them on defined career paths.
Since launching the first five Career Pathways at PSA16 in July this year, the most popular pathway has been General Practice Pharmacist followed by Professional Services Pharmacist and Pharmacist Manager.
PSA National President Joe Demarte says the popularity and success of the Career Pathways program highlight that pharmacists were eager to entrust PSA with guiding their future careers.
“This tailored and highly-focused initiative is a major first for pharmacy in Australia and guides pharmacists to improve their skills and education for their preferred area of practice – it also reinforces PSA as the nation’s largest provider of quality professional development, education and practice support,” Demarte says.
Demarte says as PSA strongly supports Australia’s community pharmacy network, Career Pathways offers education resources to help pharmacists expand their skills in pharmacies and also to move beyond traditional roles.
“The suite of education and practice support tools enables pharmacist to explore rewarding opportunities and collaborate with other leading healthcare professionals,” Demarte says.
PSA Executive Director, Practice Support and Education Jan Ridd says the service provides pharmacists with a framework to start in a new career pathway or build on their existing practice to support career advancement by keeping up-to-date with tailored CPD and practice support and learning from others through a nationwide mentoring program.
“Pharmacists can also stay connected with PSA and receive the latest information about their chosen career pathway,” Ridd says.
Ridd says PSA pland to expand into more pathways in the near future to provide even greater scope to support members on their career journeys.
“In the long-term, we’re aiming to provide a wide range of specific career pathways to create exciting new opportunities for pharmacists to achieve PSA’s vision of improving the nation’s health through excellence in pharmacist care,” Ridd says.
To explore PSA’s Career Pathways and to register your interest, click here>>