First PSA-Accredited Pharmacist, Who is She?

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​The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is pleased to announce the graduation of the first pharmacist who has received PSA accreditation. Cheers to Thao Phan MPS-AACPA for finishing the certification and being the very first person to accomplish so with PSA!

Ms. Phan, a Queensland resident who received a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University in 2020, works as a community pharmacist in Cairns. According to Ms. Phan, PSA provided her with so much support ever since she became a PSA member thus, she decided right away when PSA made its certification program offer announcement.  

Dr. Fei Sim FPS, PSA National President, congratulated Thao on becoming the organisation's first accredited pharmacist and expressed pride at the program's excellent reception. According to her, PSA offers a comprehensive program of top-notch instruction, training, and ongoing career support for licensed pharmacists and those seeking accreditation.

Moreover, through integrated care models with other healthcare professionals, PSA's Accreditation Credentialing Program equips pharmacists with the knowledge, counseling, and communication abilities to conduct high-quality, complex drug review services.

For pharmacists who are interested, it is crucial to understand that the accreditation offers opportunities for career trajectories and growth, a crucial tenet of PSA's continued campaign for positions, compensation, and recognition.

Professional Practice Standards: What Are Your Thoughts?

The Professional Practice Standards (PPS) Version 6 amended draft was issued last week, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has requested feedback from pharmacists, patients, and other healthcare professionals.

PSA's Professional Practice Standards (PPS) define the principles of the pharmacy profession and the anticipated standards of professional behaviour of pharmacists toward individuals, the community, and society. Furthermore, the PPS serves as the foundation for all pharmacists' professional practice in Australia.

Pharmacy organisations, consumer advocacy groups, key members of the healthcare team, and subject-matter specialists from all areas of pharmacy practice will all be asked for their opinions during the PPS Consultation.

According to Dr. Fei Sim, PSA National President, all parties involved are urged to comment on the updated PPS draft as this is a chance for clinical governance to be informed about the changing roles of pharmacists. To read more about the PPS revision, please click here.

NSW Prescribing Pilot: What Are the Benefits?

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is pleased with the announcement made last week by New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet and Health Minister Brad Hazzard that pharmacists will soon be able to renew current prescriptions for the contraceptive pill and treat patients with urinary tract infections as part of a new clinical trial in all 2100 neighbourhood pharmacies.

The trial for renewing prescriptions for oral contraceptive pills, which will allow pharmacists to lengthen an original prescription issued by a general or nurse practitioner in the previous two years, is scheduled to start on July 1, 2023. Prior to this, the trial for prescribing for the treatment of UTIs is scheduled to begin on 1 April 2023.

According to Chelsea Felkai, PSA NSW President, the pilot will greatly increase NSW patients' access to timely care, and it has renewed PSA's support for the initiative. She also stated that for stable, chronic diseases, pharmacists are qualified to renew prescriptions due to their training and knowledge in medicine. It is time for other jurisdictions to emulate what NSW has done in light of the chronic GP shortages across the nation.

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