PSA launches a white paper on the contemporary practice of community pharmacy
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) today launches its first White Paper on Contemporary Community Pharmacy Practice, which highlights three key elements to consider that form the foundation of viable and sustainable contemporary community pharmacy practice:
- Capacity and capability of the community pharmacy workforce;
- Recognition and remuneration of community pharmacists; and
- Innovative and sustainable community pharmacy practice model.
The document was developed by the PSA Contemporary Community Pharmacy Practice – Community of Specialty Interest (CSI-CCPP) group, which seeks to identify, debate and articulate the complexities, opportunities and challenges facing community pharmacy in healthcare settings. contemporary practice. It highlights two key roles of community pharmacists as primary health care providers and medical experts. The group aims to guide the advocacy efforts of the PSA, which ultimately supports our profession towards achieving a patient-centred, viable and sustainable model of practice in the Australian community pharmacy sector – one that meets contemporary needs. community and the Australian health system. CSI-CCPP President and PSA President-elect Dr Fei Sim says the CSI-CCPP’s first white paper presents a consolidated view of the issues facing community pharmacy practice in Australia and offers direction for achieve the viability and sustainability of contemporary practice. “This white paper will set the direction for the next five years and lead community pharmacist practice towards a sustainable and effective practice model,” said Dr. Sim. “We have seen significant changes in the roles of community pharmacists over the past few years, and there is no doubt that they will continue to change. It is important that we examine what works and what we can improve.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and increasingly frequent natural disasters have highlighted the essential role community pharmacists play in primary healthcare. Together, community pharmacists and general practitioners can strengthen our primary health care system, easing the pressure on our emergency departments and hospitals. “Every contact a patient has with a pharmacist is an opportunity to spread a health message, provide primary health care and improve the health of the community.
“However, as pharmacists adapt to the growing needs of the community, compensation for community pharmacists has continued to lag behind, tied to an outdated supply model. This continues to put undue pressure on the workforce. “This white paper adds to existing discussions, including public service announcements calling for improved compensation for pharmacists. It aims to recognise, restructure and remunerate the contribution of community pharmacists within the Australian healthcare system and aims to set the direction for the next five years and drive community pharmacy towards a model of sustainable and effective practice.
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