PSA is one of several organisations which has secured funding under the open competitive tender process for the new Health Peak and Advisory Bodies Program.
A total of 22 groups successfully secured funding, including Allied Health Professions Australia, Asthma Australia, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia.
PSA national president Joe Demarte announced the success at PSA’s Offshore Refresher 2016 conference in South Africa.
The Government established the HPAB program to fund organisations for activities that support national secretariat functions, consultation with members on policy and program issues, information sharing on health policy, and the provision of informed and impartial advice to government.
Demarte welcomed the peak health body funding as a major first for the organisation, saying it highlights that PSA is “truly representative” of the entire pharmacist profession in Australia.
“It’s an historic and important achievement for PSA to be officially awarded funding by the Government as the peak national health body for registered pharmacists in Australia,” Demarte says.
“We are exceptionally proud that PSA comprehensively represents all registered pharmacists in Australia – including community, hospital, accredited, industry and military pharmacists as well as pharmacists working in academia.
“We sincerely thank the Government for its strong support as well as recognise the support of all pharmacists who are members of PSA and contribute to improving the healthcare of Australians.”
PSA will receive general funding for its being a Health Peak and Advisory Body.
79 more organisations applied for peak body status, but were denied. These included Arthritis Foundation of Australia, Australasian College of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Australian Diabetes Educators Association, Australian General Practice Network, Cancer Council Australia, Influenza Specialist Group, National Asthma Council Australia, National Heart Foundation of Australia, National Stroke Foundation and The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.