Publication Date 29/07/2011         Volume. 3 No. 7   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

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Welcome to the August 2011 edition of i2P- Information to Pharmacists.
Direct distribution by pharmaceutical manufacturers is back in the news once more.
This disruptive attack on an efficient community pharmacy business model must be checked before it gets too far out of hand.
Neil Retallick discusses some of the issues as does Mark Coleman in the Pharmedia section of i2P.
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SHPA calls for review of Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Schools in Australia

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SHPA believes that the Australian Pharmacy Council should review the Accreditation Standards and the quality assurance requirements for pharmacy schools to reflect the profession’s expectations regarding pharmacy graduates.
SHPA strongly supports competency-based standards for Australian pharmacists and was a member of the profession-wide consultative forum which developed the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2010.

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SHPA also supports the description of a customised competency tool incorporating guidance on pharmacy school and intern training provider contributions which is under development.  This will clearly articulate the profession’s expectations of the preparation and assessment of pharmacy graduates delivered by pharmacy schools in Australia.

The current Accreditation Standards used by the Australian Pharmacy Council are based on the Indicative Syllabus for UK pharmacy degrees published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2002.  This document has been replaced by the Indicative Syllabus for UK pharmacy degrees published by the General Pharmaceutical Council in 2010.

Professor Bill Charman from Monash University recently called for a moratorium on new pharmacy schools in Australia and review of accreditation standards.  He has asked for the pharmacy profession to “reconsider the overall standards, process and quantitative quality assurance requirements associated with accreditation of pharmacy schools”.

Given the overhaul of two cornerstone documents used to define the Accreditation Standards and the significant increase in the number and range of pharmacy degrees offered across Australia SHPA believes that the Australian Pharmacy Council should update the Accreditation Standards and the Guidelines and Procedures for Accreditation to reflect the profession’s expectations regarding pharmacy graduates.

Prepared by:

Suzanne Newman BPharm, GradDipHospPharm, MSHP
Communications Coordinator

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

PO Box 1774 Collingwood, VIC 3066

T: 03 9486 0177 (Mondays and Fridays only)

F: 03 9486 0311

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