Health Minister Greg Hunt has made a statement that the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) will, for the first time, be a co-signatory to the 7CPA.
PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman said: “We are delighted with Minister Hunt’s commitment to have PSA as a signatory to the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement.
“With Pharmacists in 2023 we have set out a clear pathway for pharmacists to practise to the full extent of their expertise for the betterment of Australia’s health. We now look forward to working with the government to make that a reality.
“We have long called for the expansion of the role of pharmacists as an integral part of the healthcare team, and this is a major step towards making that happen.
“Our goal is for all Australians to be able to receive the best possible care from pharmacists, who are in turn supported to practise to their full scope while being appropriately recognised and remunerated.”
Minister Hunt says that pharmacists will be more involved in preventative care as part of an “expanded scope of practice” and more will be known in the coming weeks.