Stressed? Here’s help

Pharmacists now have access to a new resource on managing stress

The Pharmacists Support Service has announced a new publication for Australian pharmacists: Managing Stress in Pharmacy: creating a healthier working environment in pharmacy by managing workplace stress.

The publication was developed with input from PSS, PDL, PGA, PSA, PPA and SHPA and has been edited by pharmacist Helen Dowling.

 “This is an example of the various sectors of our profession working together for the benefit of all members of the Australian pharmacy profession,” said John Coppock, PSS President.

“This publication will assist members of the pharmacy profession to address some of the issues identified last year in our research into the stress and wellbeing of Australian pharmacists, interns and pharmacy students.”

The publication has been adapted, with permission, from a 2012 New Zealand document “Workplace Pressure in Pharmacy: practical advice for New Zealand pharmacists, pharmacy staff and employers” in order to reference Australian legislation, guidelines and competency standards. 

The publication includes a range of tips, resources and references for pharmacists to consider when looking at issues creating stress in a pharmacy workplace.

Are  you feeling stressed, anxious or overworked? Contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910 (8am to 11pm) to speak with a volunteer pharmacist counsellor.

A free PSS manual, Managing Stress in Pharmacy, is available here.

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