SHPA to run hospital pharmacy tech, assistant survey

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SHPA is set to release a survey aimed at providing data to underpin a review of the future scope of practice for pharmacy technicians and assistants working in hospitals.

“We are about to commence a survey that will be used to inform a review of hospital pharmacy technician and assistant roles within Australia,” SHPA CEO, Kristin Michaels, says.

“The survey has been piloted on the National Pharmacy Technician Network to ensure the questionnaire design is robust and will be distributed to hospitals across Australia.”

Michaels says the survey will provide an opportunity for Australian hospitals, public and private, to assist SHPA to develop an accurate overview of the roles of current hospital pharmacy technician and assistants within Australia.

“The information obtained will be used to plan education and development of the workforce to meet emerging needs within hospitals,” she says.

“The research will allow us to understand and quantify differences in functions and future expectations between hospitals.

“It will be a solid starting point for exploring future scope of practice and testing future demands for training and ongoing professional development requirements.

“At the same time, there will be a review of current legislative and industrial frameworks and an assessment and of how they might impact on future scope of practice,” she says.

“Given the importance of our review work for ensuring a robust future for pharmacy technicians and assistants that supports the evolving and growing requirement of hospitals, I encourage Australian hospitals to participate in the survey.”


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