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Which state has the highest, or lowest, percentage of AHPRA notifications for pharmacists?

The most recent data snapshot released by the Pharmacy Board of Australia has revealed more detail about the notifications made about pharmacists during the 2018/19 financial year.

in total there were 718 notifications about pharmacists received by AHPRA during this period (1 July 2018- 30 June 2019). This was down from 763 during the previous 12 month period. 

The state with the highest percentage of the profession experiencing reports was New South Wales, where 2.6% of pharmacists experienced a notification during the year.

The Northern Territory was the next highest state or territory with 2.2% reported, followed by Queensland  at 1.7 per cent.

Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia all reported 1.4% pharmacist notifications, followed by South Australia at 1.3%, and the ACT experiencing the lowest percentage – 0.8% notifications.   

NSW cases are reported to the Health Professionals Councils Authority (HPCA) which shares information with AHPRA. In Queensland cases are reported to the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO), which also works closely with AHPRA.

Over half of the 453 notifications that were closed by the Pharmacy Board during the year 2018/19 resulted in no further action being taken (235).

Of the remainder, 119 resulted in a caution, 45 saw the imposing of conditions, 7 pharmacists accepted an undertaking and 13 were reprimanded.

There were seven cases which resulted in the most serious outcomes, with 5 pharmacists having their registration suspended, and 2 cancelled. 

Click here for more statistics from the Pharmacy Board. 

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