Revised Professional Practice Standards launched

PSA has released the Professional Practice Standards (PPS) Version 5 (V5)

The standards are a fundamental tool for all pharmacists and the pharmacy profession, says PSA.

The release of PPS V5 follows a comprehensive review process, undertaken to ensure the standards are consistent with the professional requirements of contemporary pharmacist practice, and reflect the expectations of Australian healthcare consumers.

Project Advisory Group Chair Grant Kardachi says the revised version of the PPS reflect the important role pharmacists play in Australia’s evolving healthcare sector.

“There is a renewed focus on patient-centred collaborative care, and several new standards detail emerging professional activities such as vaccination and minor ailment services,” says Mr Kardachi.

“The creation of four key streams in the document – Foundations of Practice, Providing Therapeutic Goods, Providing Health Information and Delivering Professional Services – clearly highlights the professional roles and activities contemporary pharmacists undertake.

“All pharmacists across the profession should familiarise themselves with these standards and use them to assess and guide their practice as a means to optimising their contribution to improve the health of all Australians.”

PSA’s PPS enables the pharmacy profession to qualitatively and quantitatively measure the commitment to providing high quality, reliable healthcare services and products, it says.

PPS V5 has been endorsed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

PSA has recognised the significant contribution of the members of the Project Advisory Group and the Standard Review Groups for this project, and thanked the many individuals and organisations that contributed to the review through the public consultation process.

In addition, PSA has acknowledged the Federal Department of Health for providing funding for the work as part of the PBS Access and Sustainability Package including the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

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