SPG widens criteria


The Small Pharmacies Group is lifting the turnover limit from $1.5 to $2.5 million to allow for medium-sized pharmacies with similar values and challenges to join the group

The Small Pharmacies Group (SPG) has announced that it is changing its eligibility criteria to “better reflect its evolving purpose and views of its members”.

It is lifting the turnover limit from $1.5 to $2.5 million to allow for medium-sized pharmacies with similar values and challenges to join the group.

SPG was formed in 2016 to facilitate communication between small pharmacies across Australia and to advocate on their behalf, explains Dr Katie Stott (PhD), one of the founding members.

“Membership in the group was initially restricted to pharmacies with a turnover of $1.5 million or less.

“SPG has become an important forum and voice for small pharmacy owners, speaking out on issues that affect smaller pharmacies across the country.

“However, it is apparent that the core values of the Small Pharmacies Group have as much to do with a commitment to a certain model of community pharmacy than just pharmacy size as defined by turnover and/or script volume.

“SPG supports current legislation that restricts pharmacy ownership to pharmacists only and which limits the number of pharmacies that each pharmacist can own,” says Dr Stott.

“Furthermore, SPG supports the independent, owner-operated model of pharmacy as the best model for optimizing health care outcomes.”

SPG says its members believe the purpose of pharmacist-only ownership is to ensure the service provider is directly and personally responsible for the health outcomes of the patient and that it is vital that appropriate measures are taken to ensure this occurs.

The group invites new members, including owners of larger pharmacies, who “demonstrate a commitment to the independent, owner-operated model of community pharmacy”.

Prospective members will be asked to provide evidence of the number of pharmacies they own, and number of hours worked in each pharmacy.

Membership requests should be directed to katie@doverpharmacy.com

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