Poll: All hail the chief?

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The PSA has called on the federal government to appoint a new Chief Pharmacist. Will this benefit pharmacy and public health? What do readers think?

The PSA has called for the federal government to appoint a Chief Pharmacist. In its recently released 2019/20 Budget Submission, the PSA said it “calls for the establishment of… a Commonwealth Chief Pharmacist. This position is long overdue to provide the leadership required in delivering a strategic government policy agenda on the Quality Use of Medicines”. 

As reported in AJP, PSA said it saw this position as operating similar to the existing Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer roles. They saw it as being an essential appointment to ensure the success of Quality Use of Medicines initiatives. 

Here are some reader comments on the initial story:

“The position of Chief Pharmacist is long overdue. It was talked about when we were all in pandemic mode with bird flu etc. Many Ministers have had pharmacists on staff and people such as Kim Bessell have worked hard in senate enquiries. This is a long overdue addition to the team of advisers BUT the role needs to have teeth” – Karalyn Huxhagen

“A lot of the issues with the way external stakeholders view pharmacists and pharmacy could be addressed with an effective chief pharmacist at federal and state levels” – Jarrod McMaugh

We wanted to see what readers thought of the PSA move. Vote in our poll below:




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1 Comment

  1. Angus Thompson

    I agree that having a ‘champion for the profession’ within government sounds appealing, but is there a risk that they become a civil servant who dances to the governments tune ? I know of pharmacist colleagues in the UK who probably have an effigy of Dr Keith Ridge (NHS England’s Chief Pharmacist) on the desk and stick pins in it ! This interview might give a feel for Dr Ridge’s agenda… https://www.pharmaceutical-journal.com/opinion/qa/keith-ridge-i-regret-the-pain-but-this-is-a-watershed-moment-for-pharmacy/20205269.article?firstPass=false

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