Study to examine pharmacist stress

A new study on behalf of the Pharmacists’ Support Service is set to look at the issue of stress and wellbeing among Australian pharmacists.

The study is being conducted by a team headed by Emeritus Professor Colin Chapman, Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University.

It consists of an online questionnaire of pharmacists, intern pharmacists and pharmacy students working in any branch of the profession in Australia, and is being undertaken to help the PSS and other professional organisations respond to identified stressful issues and situations

PSS is encouraging all pharmacists to take part in the survey.

“This survey aims to identify not only a snapshot of health and wellbeing and issues for the members of the pharmacy profession, but also the strategies that can be implemented to address stress and mental and physical health issues which may lead to impairment,” PSS said today.

“This research is being conducted for the benefit of the pharmacy profession and ultimately the communities we serve.”

The research and the survey has the support of all the major Australian pharmacy organisations (AFSPA, NAPSA, PDL PGA, PPA, PSA and SHPA).

The survey does not seek to undertake an in-depth exploration of the causes of stress – a lot of this is already well-known – but instead focuses on:

  • how respondents cope with the pressures associated with today’s challenging economic and regulatory environment;
  • what sorts of barriers they encounter when seeking assistance; and
  • how well prepared they are to manage workplace related stress.

The expected benefits of this research project are:

  • collection of information that can assist the profession to better support pharmacists in their professional capacity;
  • improvement in the resilience of pharmacists, intern pharmacists and pharmacy students;
  • development of strategies that can be adopted to assist pharmacists, intern pharmacists and pharmacy students cope with the many and varied challenges they experience in the profession; and
  • provision of information to the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation Inquiry currently underway.

“Help us to help you,” says PSS president John Coppock.

“PSS is founded on the principle of pharmacists supporting pharmacists and the outcomes of this research will be used to ensure that as a profession we look after our own. 

“We need to hear from all sectors of pharmacy all over Australia. Please take the time to complete this important survey so that we can know what your issues are and how best to help you.

“The survey is confidential and anonymous.”

Take part in the survey here.

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