The PSA has commenced consultation on a revised draft of the Professional Practice Standards
PSA says it has undertaken the review to ensure the Standards are consistent with the professional requirements of contemporary pharmacist practice, and reflect the expectations of Australian healthcare consumers.
A significant outcome of the review has been the alignment of individual Standards to four key streams developed based on professional roles and activities – Foundations, Provision of Therapeutic Goods, Provision of Health Information and Professional Services – in order to promote clarity and assist practitioners to navigate the document.
The review has also renewed the focus on patient-centred collaborative care, and emphasised several new and emerging services, including vaccination and minor ailment services.
During the public consultation period on the revised Standards, PSA says it welcomes comments from interested individuals and organisations including members of the pharmacy profession, consumers, other health professional groups and practitioners, educators, researchers and government bodies.
The consultation paper, including the revised Standards, can be accessed here.
After reviewing the consultation paper, stakeholders are asked to provide feedback through the consultation survey.
PSA has acknowledged the Australian Government Department of Health for providing funding for this work as part of the PBS Access and Sustainability Package including the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.
Consultation on the revised PSA Professional Practice Standards will be open until 1 March 2017. Any queries regarding this consultation can be emailed to email@example.com.