SHPA Queensland Branch welcomes pharmacy policy support

Advocacy of the SHPA Queensland (Qld) Branch has contributed to parliamentary committee support for new policies enabling the state’s pharmacists to practice to their fullest scope and deliver higher quality pharmacy care in the state.

Policy positions of the SHPA Qld Branch supported this week by the Queensland Parliament’s Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee included extending prescribing rights to Queensland pharmacists and the establishment of a pharmacy advisory council in Queensland to improve delivery of pharmacy care.

In its report released on Tuesday, the parliamentary committee recommends pharmacists be allowed to perform low-risk prescribing, noting ‘any change in scope of practice utilisation should be underpinned by appropriate credentialing and training for the services being delivered’.

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says the consensus is timely acknowledgment of pharmacists’ valuable medicines expertise.

‘In-step with our Queensland Branch and 5,000 members nationwide, SHPA welcomes the recognition that pharmacists represent an underutilised pillar in Australian healthcare, uniquely positioned to contribute to high quality care within their practice scope.

‘It is with this optimising of practice in mind that SHPA continues to implement and support rigorous frameworks against which pharmacists can evaluate and improve their practice, such as the Residency Program, the Clinical Competency Assessment Tool (ClinCAT), Medication Management Review (MMR) accreditation, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) credential and the Advancing Practice program.’

Ms Michaels says the parliamentary committee support for the establishment of a Pharmacy Advisory Council in Queensland is strongly in the interests of optimal patient care.

‘Our Qld Branch supports a Pharmacy Advisory Council in Queensland as we believe it will facilitate higher quality of pharmacy care to the community, while complementing services delivered by hospital pharmacy.

‘It is great to see this position backed by other pharmacy organisations through this consultation and we welcome this recommendation in this report.’

The report also supports the review of pharmacy assistant (technician) training, an initiative strongly backed by the SHPA Qld Branch and SHPA nationally.

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