Review forums ‘very busy and enjoyable,’ says King

Jo Watson (centre) with fellow review panelists Professor Steven King (l) and Bill Scott.

The past five weeks of consultation have been “very busy and enjoyable,” Professor Stephen King has said in a message to stakeholders in the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation.

Prof King is continuing to encourage consumers, pharmacists and other interested parties to make a submission to the Review or fill in its online survey, which was launched at the recent Sydney forum.

He also invited stakeholders to participate in the September 7 live national webcast.

The webcast, which will be broadcast from Canberra at 7pm, can be joined in person, online or via the hashtag #pharmacyreview.

Last week the Guild also encouraged members and other stakeholders to join the webcast, particularly if they had been unable to attend any of the Review panel forums around the country.

“It has been a very busy and enjoyable past five weeks as Bill, Jo and I have travelled around Australia for the Review’s National Consultation Process,” Prof King writes.

“We heard from consumers, pharmacists, wholesalers and other interested stakeholders in all capital cities, major regional centres, such as Wagga Wagga, Cairns and Launceston, as well as remote areas, including Fitzroy Crossing, Whyalla and Yarrabah.

“We are grateful to everybody who volunteered their time to meet with us and share their views and experiences. 

“The Panel was fortunate to hold over 90 site visits and consultations with pharmacists, consumer organisations, Aboriginal Health Services, members of the medicine supply chain and state and territory governments during the consultation process.

“In addition, we engaged directly with over 900 people who attended our 15 public forums across Australia.  The process has been both engaging and highly educative for the Panel.”

Prof King also encouraged stakeholders to make submissions to the Review before the closing date of 23 September.

“As we have emphasised during the public forums, we do not expect you to write lengthy submissions answering all 140 questions, but we are interested in the issues important to you,” he says.

“This may mean you focus on a single issue that you are passionate about or have some evidence to share, in the form of a one or two page submission to the Panel.”

The online survey can be taken here.

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