The PSA and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have been working with the Victorian Government and local health authorities to progress a pharmacist-administered vaccination program, the two groups said in a statement today.
“It is expected that regulations will soon be introduced into Victoria to allow pharmacist vaccinations after several other Australian States and Territories have already received approval for immunisation by pharmacists,” they say.
“The Victorian Branches of the PSA and Guild are looking forward to the introduction of the new regulations in Victoria that will enable pharmacists to administer influenza and pertussis-containing vaccines to adults at approved pharmacy premises, including those who qualify for the National Immunisation program.”
Health Minister Jill Hennessy’s announcement last November that a pharmacist-administered vaccination program would commence in 2016 was welcomed by Victoria’s pharmacy sector.
“It’s understood that vaccination regulations and other necessary requirements have been drafted by the Government,” say the PSA and Guild.
“Consultation with stakeholders is also currently underway in accordance with an established standard regulation-making process.”
Immunisation delivered by pharmacists is a very positive development for Australia and will help to vaccinate cohorts of the community who previously would not have been vaccinated, they say.
“Pharmacists also play an important role in promoting immunisation and reducing the impact of vaccine-preventable disease in the community.
“It is expected pharmacists will be required to undergo an accredited training program to administer vaccinations in Victoria.”
The two pharmacy organisations are working together with the Victorian Government to have the workforce ready for mid-2016 for this development in pharmacy practice.
“The Victorian PSA and Guild Branches look forward to continuing to work with the Victorian Government and authorities to ensure pharmacists can provide this important public health program and as a means of managing an individual’s health.”