A new profession-specific annual report summary of the work of the Pharmacy Board has now been published
Drawing on data from the 2015/6 annual report by AHPRA and the National Boards, the report offers a snapshot of the pharmacy profession as of 30 June 2016.
Insights into the profession include:
- Of the 657,621 registered health practitioners in Australia in 2015/16, 29,717 were pharmacists (4.5% of the total registrant base).
- 3,324 new applications for registration as a pharmacist were received.
- Registration for the pharmacy profession grew by 2.4% during the year to 30 June 2016.
- Student registration decreased by 1.5%, to 7,280 registrants.
- 61% of pharmacists are women; 39% are men.
- NSW was the principal place of practice for most pharmacists (9,171).
- The Northern Territory was home to the fewest (217).
- The age bracket with the most pharmacists was 25-29 (6,269 registrants).
- 2,343 pharmacists were under 25 years of age; 115 were aged 80 or over.
- As part of the registration process, 2,516 criminal history checks were carried out for pharmacists. Of 86 disclosable court outcomes, one required regulatory action.
- 570 notifications (complaints or concerns) were lodged about pharmacists during the year, equating to 1.9% of the profession.
- Immediate action to suspend or limit a pharmacist’s registration was taken 20 times in 2015/16.
- There were 236 active monitoring cases, with most relating to suitability/eligibility for registration as a pharmacist.
- 13 new complaints were made about possible statutory offences relating to pharmacy services. Almost all matters related to title protection or advertising concerns.