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The number of pharmacists in Australia has grown slightly, according to new figures from the Pharmacy Board

The National Board has released its quarterly registration data, showing that 30,984 pharmacists are registered in Australia as at the end of March 2018, up from 30,913 in the quarter to 31 December 2017.

And the gap between women and men’s participation in the pharmacy workforce is still creeping up: at the end of March, 19,340 pharmacists were female, compared to 19,166 at the end of 2017.

This represents growth from 62% of pharmacists to 62.4%, while men make up 37.6%.

The biggest age brackets were pharmacists in their late 20s and 30s – though this percentage seems to have dropped a little. At the end of 2017 there were 6,118 pharmacists aged 25-29; now there are 6,111.

Meanwhile the number of pharmacists aged 30 to 34 has dropped from 6,307 to 6,259. The number aged 35 to 39 has grown, from 4,581 to 4,648.

NSW remains the state with the most pharmacists, at 30.44%; followed by Victoria, with 25.19% and Queensland, with 19.83%. The smallest jurisdiction is the Northern Territory, with just 0.79% of pharmacists, followed by the ACT, with 1.86%.

Across the country, 28,065 pharmacists hold general registration, 1,794 hold provisional registration, nine have limited registration and 1,116 are non-practising.

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