The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has welcomed the announcement today that the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, says the Agreement brings surety to the community pharmacy sector after a period of uncertainty for the whole profession.

“PSA particularly welcomes the doubling in this agreement to $1.26 billion of funding for the provision of patient-focussed professional services,” Kardachi says.

“This $1.26 billion for pharmacist-delivered professional services is what the PSA has been long advocating for and represents the largest funding for this crucial area of health provision of any agreement to date.

“It is an important recognition of the role that pharmacists can play in health delivery beyond the core role of dispensing.”

The funding allocation amounts to some 7% of the total agreement budget.

Kardachi says the Pharmacy Guild and the Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, were to be congratulated on negotiating a successful agreement during a difficult period.

“The Government and the pharmacy profession are united in a desire to ensure there is a sustainable and viable health system,” Kardachi says.

“This agreement reiterates there is a common interest in promoting the sustainability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the PBS, as well as the viability of an effective community pharmacy sector.

“PSA looks forward to working on the development and implementation of evidence-based services which improve the health outcomes of the community.

“We also welcome the retention of the pharmacy location rules which we believe are in the best interests of consumers.”