Poll: do you want to expand your role?


Are you keen to expand your role—or worried about workload and pay?

Last week, the Grattan Institute’s Dr Stephen Duckett said that using pharmacists’ skills to take the pressure off doctors is an “obvious step”.

“Pharmacists are highly trained, have deep expertise in medicines, and are located in communities throughout Australia. But their role is far more limited in Australia than in many other countries,” he wrote in the Australian, in an editorial which was welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild.

“With the agreements of GPs and patients, pharmacists should be able to provide repeat prescriptions to people with simple, stable conditions,” wrote Dr Duckett.

“They should also be able to provide vaccinations and to work with GPs to help patients manage chronic conditions.”

But over the last few months, AJP has received a number of comments from pharmacists expressing concern about how they are to fit more into an already busy day – and probably for no extra remuneration. (Click here to read a selection of these comments.)

Are you keen to expand your role into wider areas, such as helping manage minor ailments or chronic conditions, repeat prescribing or providing vaccinations? Or do you have concerns?

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  1. pagophilus

    Interested, but quite honestly, I like to have a life outside of pharmacy. I enjoy time with my family and travel and don’t want to give up any of that for extra work, or extra headache because of work.

  2. Brad

    More ‘role” = more work…and if it’s for the same pay, KEEP IT.

    • Big John

      Exactly mate, more role means more work and unless it is SUBSTANTIALLY funded from the Govt such that it does not reduce funding in other areas then pharmacists should flatly refuse to get involved. It is high time pharmacists stand high and let their voices be heard. Pharmacists have spent 5 years training for their role. The last thing they should need to do is take on board additional training for more stress, responsibility and no extra money.

      • Big John

        Perhaps a discussion should be opened up in light of the Eagle Boys collapse and franchises of pharmacies. Many parallels can be drawn. Just as Eagle Boys franchisees were peppered with poorly researched and implemented initiatives with unprofitable allocations of stock I think many pharmacy owners are too. And by the looks of it they will be asked to implement various time-intensive, profitless professional services too. There is now less and less fat in the dispensary to subsidise such ill-calculated manoeuvres.

  3. Diana

    I am relieved we are finally having this conversation. This should be about the pharmacy profession not about more work or money. I know I did not spent 5 years studying to put labels on medication. We are more than qualified to this and much more, many countries have pharmacist prescribers already. Doctors nurses, optometrists and dentists can prescribe but not the medication specialists. How does that even make sense?

    • United we stand

      Good luck to you fitting it in to ur daily responsibilities and getting $26/hr

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