Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists


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Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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APESMA Writes to Fair Work Ombudsman

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CEO of APESMA Chris Walton said Australian pharmacists deserved to be treated with respect rather than being underpaid for their hard work and expertise.
“Unfortunately this problem is not confined to Queensland.  Right now APESMA is helping our pharmacist members in every state deal with breaches of employment law,” Mr Walton said.

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Pharmacist union APEMSA has written to the Fair Work Ombudsman urgently requesting a national audit of pharmacies in all states following the ombudsman’s Queensland audit which found a staggering 44.3 per cent were not complying with employment laws.“We believe a national audit would reveal a similar or even worse picture if it were conducted right now.”

“Most pharmacists are reluctant to raise concerns about their treatment at work and tend to just get on with their jobs.  Many others are too frightened to speak out. That’s why we need a comprehensive national audit to make sure these issues are identified and every pharmacist gets paid properly.”

“Can you imagine the outcry if 44.3 per cent of nurses were being illegally underpaid, or 44.3 per cent of teachers or 44.3 per cent of the police force?  Pharmacists perform as vital community service equal to any of these occupations but their mistreatment is too readily ignored.”

“Many pharmacy owners do the right thing and respect their staff but it is clear that there are thousands of pharmacy owners who do the wrong thing by their own staff.”

“Despite constant denials from the Pharmacy Guild they know this illegal treatment of pharmacists is happening right across the country right now.

We call on the Pharmacy Guild to join with APESMA and write to the Fair Work Ombudsman urging them to conduct a national audit to make sure pharmacists and pharmacy employees are paid what they are worth.”

An APESMA analysis of recent national audits listed on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website found employees working at a pharmacy had a higher chance of being ripped off than a worker at a retailer (26 per cent), a cleaning company (37.1 per cent), an insulation installer (27.5 per cent) or in the horticulture industry (36 per cent).

A copy of APESMA’s letter to the Fair Work Ombudsman is available at


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Submitted by Andrew on Mon, 02/04/2012 - 16:40.

I think it is totally disgusting that pharmacists are being ripped off.

And what's the pharmacy owners guild doing about it? absolutely nothing.

While its good to see APESMA teeing off about it I doubt that anyone is going to get the pharmacy owners to put an end to this situation - even if the ombudsman gets involved.

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