Pharmacy gender gap widens… a little

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The number of pharmacists registered in Australia has grown again, according to the latest data from the Pharmacy Board

The Board has released a snapshot of the pharmacy sector, revealing that the total number of registered pharmacists in Australia as at 31 March 2021 was 35,182.

This was up from 34,922 in the previous quarter, ending 31 December 2020.

The 2021 figure also includes 1,933 eligible pharmacists who are part of the short-term pandemic response sub-register.

Of the total registered pharmacists, 32,312 have general registration, 1,790 are provisional, 10 are limited and 1,070 non-practising.

More women than men have joined the profession in the three months since the last snapshot: at March 31 there were 22,156 female registered pharmacists (up from 21,918), and 13,026 male (up from 13,004).

This gap is the widest for pharmacists who have no principal place of practice – 66.9% women and 33.1% men – and for pharmacists in the ACT, where 66.7% are female.

The gap drops in Tasmania to 61.3% female and 38.7% male.

Overall, 63% of pharmacists in Australia are women, and 37% men – growing slightly on the December 2020 figures, when 62.8% of pharmacists were women, and 37.2% men.

The most significant age group continues to be pharmacists aged 30 to 34, with 6,985 registered pharmacists belonging to this group. Next are those aged 35 to 39 (6,004 pharmacists) and those aged 25 to 29 (5,951 pharmacists).

There are 257 registered pharmacists aged 80 and over, and 318 aged 75 to 79.

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