PSA to co-sign the 7CPA


Greg Hunt speaks at the launch of Pharmacists in 2023
Greg Hunt speaks at the launch of Pharmacists in 2023

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia will be co-signatory to the upcoming Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement

Speaking at a breakfast held at Parliament House in Canberra to launch the PSA’s report into the near future of pharmacy, Mr Hunt said that the Federal Government was looking forward to working with the Society on expanding the role of pharmacists.

Looking forward to 2023, the implementation of an integrated role for pharmacists practising to their full scope is the goal for the Government, Mr Hunt said.

“We will now work with you on these recommendations [outlined in the PSA’s new report], but we’ve already struck a Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement,” he told the PSA.

“And I make this commitment that you will be signatories for the first time to the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement, and that’s the statement today.

“As part of that, what I would like to do is to build into that Agreement the expanded scope of practice, where pharmacy will be involved increasingly in preventive health, whether that’s across the range of activities such as immunisation – although we’ll need the states to agree in each particular case.

“That will mean that ultimately, as we expand the role of pharmacists in preventive health, we will keep more people out of hospital. We will keep more people healthy – and whether it’s diabetes or bowel cancer checks, whether it’s all of these areas, at the end of the day you will help people across Australia save lives and protect lives.”

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10 Comments

  1. Larentina Brown
    13/02/2019

    Everybody keeps signing stuff away, fill the pockets of Guild members and increase the workload of employee pharmacists. At the end of the day employee pharmacists do their job, get paid slightly above the award rate, and wonder if the $60/month is more useful utilised paying bills, groceries, schools …etc.

  2. John Wilks
    13/02/2019

    Finally we have a professional group that represents the majority of pharmacists signing the next CPA. The hegemony is over.

  3. Georgia Bolden
    13/02/2019

    Hooray! PSA finally taking it’s seat at the table and getting the recognition our profession has deserved for years. This is the beginning of a great wave of change that I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of. $60/month well spent I say as an investment in our future.

  4. Cameron Walls
    13/02/2019

    🥳🥳🥳

  5. John Wilks
    13/02/2019

    And somewhat tangential but .. I presume there are 100s of pharmacists awaiting paying via 6CPA from December 2018. A delightful lady I have just spoken with indicated that a claim from 21/12/2019 for $1500 might be paid this or next week, as 6CPA is awaiting money from the DoH.

    We both had a wry laugh when I suggested that it would interesting if DoH officials had their pay tied to the speed (or lack thereof) of payment to pharmacists conducting HMRs.

  6. Peter McGregor
    13/02/2019

    The PSA & Guild still don’t represent all pharmacists, but it is a step in the right direction.

    • Jarrod McMaugh
      13/02/2019

      The PSA does in fact represent all pharmacists

      • DVLChemist
        13/02/2019

        No, they don’t. Maybe you should look up the definition of fact.

    • Lea Middleton
      15/02/2019

      Totally agree. Total irony when they say “in representative of all pharmacy workers” Employee pharmacists should form another organization and they should be the ones talking. Not PSA or PGA or other useless people who gets paid through membership fees and only acts in the interest of pharmacy owners.

  7. Bruce ANNABEL
    13/02/2019

    Will 7CPA being signed by both Guild and PSA help the peak bodies present a united front to most community pharmacy owners and employed pharmacists? Or will it allow the government negotiators to up the ante with some good old fashioned divide and conquer?
    I sincerely hope the former scenario will eventuate and with it additional funding for professional services aimed at improving patient health and reducing downstream healthcare costs . If so pharmacy and pharmacists would be further incentivized to move their activities more towards professional service delivery with less reliance on remuneration tied to maximizing throughput and transacting. Sure I may be drawing a long bow from both peak bodies jointly signing the agreement but if community pharmacists wish to retain and enjoy the current regulatory environment they must be looking to increase their relevance to payers and the health consumer.
    In the meantime there’s an election coming up and who knows which side the Guild and PSA will be negotiating with and what will the terms of engagement be.

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