Pharmacists have welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation following the release of the King Review Discussion Paper, PSA said today.
The Discussion Paper outlines an extensive range of questions and issues that are critical to the future of the pharmacy profession, says PSA.
The pharmacists’ peak body says it is “encouraging” to see many comments made by PSA in its briefing to the Panel as well as issues raised in the PSA 6CPA Discussion Paper appearing as critical questions from the Panel.
These include examining the potential for payment for professional pharmacist services through the MBS, the potential for payment level linked to complexity, the potential for improvement to HMR rules, the potential for improving rural and remote support and access and the potential for improvement to access to medicines management services by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
PSA National President Joe Demarte says PSA will develop a comprehensive submission in response to the Discussion Paper as well as meeting with the Review Panel.
“PSA encourages all pharmacists across Australia to attend the Review consultation sessions and also let PSA know their views regarding questions raised in the paper via email@example.com,” Demarte says.
“PSA is a strong supporter of a viable, sustainable community pharmacy network in Australia.
“As a learning profession committed to evidence-based models of care, there are always opportunities to consider new ways for pharmacists to enhance service delivery.
“PSA is open to considering better ways to enable pharmacists to deliver healthcare to consumers, including through improved remuneration arrangements.”
He says, “The Review is a critical opportunity to shape the future direction of pharmacy practice in Australia. It’s also fundamental to the future of all pharmacists and we encourage everyone to get involved in the consultation process and have their say on this important issue.
“PSA is committed to a strategic, practical plan to meet the future needs of consumers and improve remuneration for pharmacists by engaging in this important review process.
“We understand the urgent need to improve remuneration for pharmacists – our PSA Member Survey highlighted that remuneration is the single largest challenge facing the pharmacy profession.”