1995: moving to boost professionalism


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September 1995: a new pharmacy organisation has just been launched, an inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry is ongoing, and employed pharmacists are looking for more work

A “long-awaited” industry initiative aimed at improving pharmacy professionalism had finally got the green light in September 1995 with the establishment of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP).

“The new organisation will be owned and operated jointly by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia,” AJP reported.

“A draft business plan and budget have been accepted by both organisations and a national director will be appointed shortly to run the new body. Once appointed, the director will facilitate the setting in place of practice criteria and accreditation procedures for pharmacists wishing to provide consultant or value-added services in order to receive the new professional allowances which are available under
the terms of the recently signed Guild/Government Agreement”.

Meanwhile, the Salaried Pharmacists’ Association (SPA) published its first comprehensive remuneration
survey. Among the results reported on by AJP in its September 1995 issue were:  

  • The average base hourly rates earned in NSW and South Australia are significantly higher than
    the award rate for all classifications.
  • In Victoria and Queensland, the rates earned by pharmacists not classified as a “pharmacist in charge” or “pharmacist manager”, are well in excess of award rates.
  • There is strong demand for more work nationally with 31.9 per cent of part-time employees and 43.2% of reliever/locum employees responding positively to the question, “Would you like to work
    more hours?”.
  • NSW reports the highest average base hourly rates but in terms of earning this is offset by lower penalty rates.
  • The demand for more work does not extend to evening or weekend shifts.
  • Queensland pharmacist employees report working longer hours than their interstate colleagues.
  • Males are twice as likely to be employed as pharmacist managers than women.

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