PSA prepares pharmacists for Victorian scope expansion

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched its education series to prepare pharmacists participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot.

​The 12-month pilot is aimed at testing an expanded role for community pharmacists, authorising the continued supply of oral contraceptive pills without a prescription, as well as supply of antibiotics for uncomplicated urinary tract infections.

​It is a requirement that pharmacists complete appropriate training, including PSA’s Contraception essentials and Managing uncomplicated cystitis (Urinary Tract Infection) programs.

​Both modules are available to all Victorian pharmacists, and are free for PSA members.

​PSA Victoria President Dr Amy Page FPS urges pharmacists to complete training as soon as possible.

​“PSA is proud to build on our existing support for pharmacists to maximise opportunities to develop their practice and deliver high quality care to patients as pharmacist scope continues to evolve,” Dr Page said.

​“This is an exciting opportunity for community pharmacists to not only expand their scope, but also to provide accessible care for all Victorians, particularly those in rural and regional parts of our state.

​”These programs empower pharmacists with the knowledge and skills required to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Victorians while contributing to the success of the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot.

“This is about making sure that Victorians have access to safe health care when and where they need it,” Dr Page concluded.

​​For more information on the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot, visit the Department of Health website.

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