Pharmacy by numbers

Seven key statistics that show the state of community pharmacy

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s latest Survey of Independent Pharmacy Operations in Australia has provided a statistical snapshot of the state of community pharmacy.  

Published in full in the latest members-only Guild Digest, the statistical overview covers the 2014/15 financial year.

Highlights from the findings include:

  1. There is one pharmacy for every 4236 Australians
  2. Rural pharmacies account for 16% of the 5510 community pharmacies around Australia
  3. An average community pharmacy is open for 60.7 hours per week
  4. The average pharmacy opens for 10 hours a day during the week
  5. Pharmacy professional services, pharmacy only medicines and OTC products account for 34% of the average revenue per pharmacy
  6. The pharmacy sector directly employs 69,175 staff, including proprietors
  7. In a sample of 313 pharmacies, salaries had decreased as a cost by 0.5% since the previous financial year, while rent costs increased by 0.6% over the same period.

Click here to see the survey’s findings on decline pharmacy sales figures. 

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