The current model of community pharmacy isn’t working, according to Chris Walton, CEO of Professional Pharmacists Australia – and he says he’s hopeful that reform is on its way.
“The shocking findings of the ANAO report, the recommendation by the Harper Review to get rid of location rules and the review of the Pharmacy Industry Award are shining a bright light on the problems in pharmacy,” Walton told the AJP.
“It is clear the current system isn’t working, the tide is turning and reform is long overdue.”
Walton says that he is “optimistic” that reform is coming in pharmacy.
“It is clear that there is a real case for change,” he says.
“We are calling for the Government to rollover the current CPA for two years, to ensure we make the changes necessary to deliver better patient outcomes to the Australian community.”
Professional Pharmacists Australia believes that the next agreement should have a patient focus, and one way to achieve this is to begin a transition to a new model of remuneration.
This means the government should delay making the next agreement until it is confident that the right policy settings will be in place to ensure patient interests are at the core of community pharmacy, it says.
PPA has proposed that the first three years of the next Agreement is used to restructure the provision of the services, with the new care model and associated remuneration stream coming online at the start of the fourth year of the CPA.
“Our case is simple: pharmacy can be better,” PPA says.