Pharmacy competency standards are being reviewed through the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee, a profession-wide collaborative forum of 11 pharmacy organisations, which is seeking feedback on the review.
Late last year the PPDC appointed the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association to undertake work to help inform the review of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia.
To date, the AHHA has completed background research and literature review focussing on the current competency standards landscape as well as evolution and recent advancement in health professional competency standards.
A consultation paper has been released and national consultation with pharmacists, other health professions, consumers, academics, government departments and other health bodies is currently under way through online surveys, interviews with selected individuals, written submissions and stakeholder consultation forums.
The pharmacists’ competency standards framework is regarded as a dynamic document and is subject to regular review. The competency standards need to support professional pharmacy practice and growth, in the interests of public safety, and should reflect current and future needs of Australian health care consumers.
The PPDC says it is keen to engage with as many stakeholders as possible. Separate tailored surveys have been designed to receive feedback from pharmacists, pharmacy organisations and non-pharmacy health organisations or individuals.
Relevant documents and links can be accessed here.
Surveys close on 30 January 2015 and the PPDC invites input from all stakeholders.
There is also opportunity to provide feedback at a consultation workshop. Two forums are being held: Gold Coast on 29 January 2015 (in conjunction with the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) Congress) and in Canberra on 6 February 2015.