The Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch has acquired funding to prepare pharmacy assistants for the future of community pharmacy.
The funding is part of the Queensland government’s Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund (TEIIF) and will be applied through the Modernising Vocational Education (MOVE) project which aims to support the pharmacy assistant workforce by identifying skills gaps and delivering training on topics to meet these needs.
Queensland Guild Education and Workplace Relations State Manager Kathy Knack said the training will be offered to 130 experienced and committed pharmacy assistants who currently work in community pharmacy in Queensland.
“This is an exciting opportunity for pharmacy assistants to participate in training that has not previously been offered,” she said.
“It’s great to see the Queensland government supporting innovative education for pharmacy assistants. This program would usually cost more than $500 but has been fully funded by the TEIIF.
”I would encourage all interested pharmacy assistants to apply and help to shape the future role of community pharmacy assistants.”
The training will be offered as blended learning with two online education modules and a one-day workshop.
The workshops will be held throughout regional and metropolitan locations in Queensland and will include topics such as ‘The pharmacy of the future’, ‘The customer of the future’, ‘Loss and grief’ and ‘Elderly patients in the pharmacy’.
The training workshops will be held on May 7 in Toowoomba, May 15 in Cairns, May 29 in Townsville, June 5 in Brisbane, June 11 on the Gold Coast and June 19 in Rockhampton.
For more information and to register pharmacy assistants for the training, visit www.guild.org.au/education.