SHPA is working to transform the pharmacy profession by enabling a workforce that has the capacity and flexibility to function within an ever-changing healthcare system. This is consistent with SHPA’s strategic goal of enabling a capable and competent workforce. To meet this goal, SHPA has committed to a number of projects throughout 2016.
All projects originated from discussions held among SHPA members at the 2014 and 2015 SHPA Future Summits.
The current projects are:
- Residency Program
- National Translational Research Collaborative Project
- Pharmacy Technician & Assistant Role Redesign within Australian Hospitals Project
National and International Reports on Pharmacy and Health Workforce
SHPA is constantly monitoring national and international literature on workforce initiatives. Click on the links below to access resources:
FIP Global Vision for Education and Workforce and Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has published a global vision for education and workforce that links to current global health and health education policy. It provides guidance to all FIP member organisations (including SHPA) on the anticipated health challenges of the future. The Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals (PWDGs) have provided strategic guidance to SHPA's workforce transformation initiatives and our workforce projects have been directly aligned with specific PWDGs. The global vision and PWDGs have been articulated in a collection of publications, linked below.
- Advancing the global pharmaceutical workforce towards achieving universal health coverage and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Nanjing statements on pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education
- Pharmaceutical Workforce Development Goals
- Global Vision for Education and Workforce
Transforming Our Workforce
Workforce development, workforce planning and workforce intelligence are becoming key issues for global healthcare reform. The World Health Organization (WHO) has made it clear that there is no possibility of healthcare delivery without a corresponding capable and competent workforce; universal healthcare coverage is not possible without a fully functional health care workforce.
International Pharmaceutical Federation – FIP (2016). Transforming Our Workforce. The Hague, The Netherlands: International Pharmaceutical Federation.
Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation – Discussion Paper – July 2016
Discussion paper on the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation. Looks at the role of community pharmacy and pharmacists in the delivery of primary health care to the Australian community, both now and into the future.
King S, Scott B, Watson J. Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation - Discussion Paper. Canberra: Department of Health; 2016. www.health.gov.au/pharmacyreview
Advanced Practice and Specialization in Pharmacy: Global Report
This document addresses specialization and advanced practice policy and implementation at country level, in various countries based on a study they conducted.
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Advanced Practice and Specialisation in Pharmacy: Global Report 2015. The Hague: International Pharmaceutical Federation; 2015.
See also a summarised document: Key Findings of the FIP Advanced Practice and Specialisation in Pharmacy
FIP Global Pharmacy Workforce Intelligence: Trends Report 2015
This FIPEd Global Report on Workforce Trends is the first publication of its kind to provide a baseline on the current growing global trend, regarding capacity building and pharmacist numbers.
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). Global Pharmacy Workforce Intelligence: Trends Report 2015. The Hague: International Pharmaceutical Federation; 2015.
Impact of an expanded ward pharmacy technician role on service-delivery and workforce outcomes in a subacute aged care service
This paper describes an evaluation of the impact of the expanded WPT role on the pharmacy workforce, delivery of pharmacy services and staff and patient satisfaction.
Elliott RA, Perera D, Mouchaileh N, Antoni R, Woodward M, Tran T, Garrett K. Impact of an expanded ward pharmacy technician role on service-delivery and workforce outcomes in a subacute aged care service. J Pharm Pract Res 2014; 44: 95–104.
Building upon pharmacists’ practice in Australia: A vision for the profession 2014
The statement endorses pharmacists as leading healthcare professionals in medication management, sets out the principles that underlie the focus, nature and quality of their practice and provides guidance for the advancement of their practice through integrated development of a range of key enabling domains.
Vision Drafting Group. Building upon pharmacists’ practice in Australia – A vision for the profession
Pharmacy Workforce Recruitment and Retention: an Australian Area Health Service Perspective
The aim of this study was to investigate factors influencing the recruitment and retention of pharmacy staff within the Northern Sydney Central Coast Health Service.
Garrett T. Pharmacy Workforce Recruitment and Retention: an Australian Area Health Service Perspective. J Pharm Pract Res 2008; 38: 183–7.