Poll: Are you registered and practising… or something else?

Are you keeping up your registration – but working or studying outside pharmacy? Tell us in our latest poll

There’s been a lot of talk lately about dissatisfaction in the profession, with a recent report showing that at some banner groups, up to 30% of employee pharmacists are hoping to quit the sector within five years.

The AJP reported this week on the latest statistics from the Pharmacy Board, which showed that there were 34,922 pharmacists currently registered in Australia – of whom 1,118 were non-practising.

But our readers had a few questions. Philip Smith asked us, “How many are actually practicing? How many are retraining or in another health field or job etc but keeping their registration as a backup?”

And Paul Sapardanis said he had always wondered just how many pharmacists were still in the community sector after five years.

Michael Post had a request for a new poll: “How many pharmacists maintain registration but have changed career or are studying/ training in a different field?”

We’d like you to tell us – whether you’re registered and practising, you’re studying to move into a different area – inside or outside health – or if you’re not working as a pharmacist at all, but keeping up your registration, in our poll below.

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  1. Michael Ortiz

    There is only one reason for staying Registered if you aren’t working in a classical Pharmacist role.
    You don’t need to have to re-register and demonstrate competency.

    The Registration fees are not insignificant with PDL and Registration now exceeding $1,000 per year and add 20+ hours of CPE so you can make $30 per hour dispensing 300 prescription a day.

    • Cogrady

      Hi Michael its 40 hours of CPE . Please don’t make it harder for other pharmacists who hope the Pharmacy career will improve. I promote that Pharmacy gets into the NDIS and aged care sector improving management of pain relief and psychotics , improving relationships between pharmacists and the the NDIS participants and getting paid for it and for ever pharmacist to assist a 1st nations people in health issues and/or immigrants in the their health plan .There is no NDIS provider for smoking cessation in the Shoalhaven for a start and its got the highest COPD rate in the state of NSW . Allied Health will grab that if Pharmacy is not pro active.
      I truly think most pharmacists are competent its just that on the present model for funding we are not 70 % pro active every day through research like Nurses and Allied Health . Two of my Sisters have done their Masters and further study within Nursing and its served them well and surpassed the 2 pharmacists careers , with 9 to 5 work no weekend and no on call
      Catherine Aney

  2. United we stand

    48% are registered and practising.
    20% are retraining
    18% have left the profession and are working in other fields
    8% have stopped working
    7% have allowed their registration to lapse.

    Ask any pharmacy owner about the pool of pharmacists they are hiring now compared to 10 years ago and you’ll get the same exact picture.

    Anyone with enough self respect and half a brain left or is leaving.

    On another note, who remembers PSA’s 2023 vision to improve pharmacist practice and remuneration? What a joke that turned out to be.

    • Paul Sapardanis

      Love your last paragraph. The PSA needs not to worry about improving pharmacy practice, the market and innovation will determine any changes that may naturally occur. What needs to be done is an understanding of why pharmacist remuneration is so low. I have my theories on this and until a change ( major ) occurs within our structure of pharmacy then the status quo will remain

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