Archived Advocacy News

Response to the Senate's Education & Employment Legislation Committee - February 2021

Guild Members can download and review the Pharmacy Guild's response to the Senate's Education & Employment Legislation Committee request in respect of 'Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020' provisions (the 'IR Bill').

2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Guild Members can download and review the Guild's pre-Budget Submission for 2021.

Review of National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has provided feedback to the review of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP).

Advocacy for Workplace Relations

The Guild is an active advocate in supporting community pharmacies as small business owners. Current advocacy work to support workplace relations is available here.

Improving the Customer Service Obligation

Now that we have a new Community Pharmacy Agreement in place, the Guild has represented our members by putting a proposal to the Government to improve the CSO requirements by specifically applying CSO funds to the less commercially-viable aspects of distribution – to more remote pharmacies, low volume medicines, special handling items such as cold-chain, Controlled Drugs, cytotoxics and high-cost medicines.  You can download and view the proposal here.

Seeking experiences with recruitment of pharmacists

The Guild is preparing a submission for the Skilled Migration Occupation Lists inquiry and we are keen to hear from Members of their experiences of recruitment difficulties to possibly include as part of the submission. The inquiry is reviewing the composition of the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and the Regional Occupation List (ROL) to identify occupations that would benefit from skilled migration for the purpose of meeting the skill needs of the Australian economy.

As a Guild Member, please send your experience to

Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia's submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety outlines the current role of community pharmacy in working with older Australians who have entered residential care, as well as those living independently in the community. The submission further explores the problems facing community pharmacists and offers solutions to enhancing safety, and the quality use of medicines delivered through community pharmacies across residential and community aged care.

Community Pharmacy and COVID-19 - World Pharmacy Council Analysis 2020 Special Edition

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most significant global challenge in decades. While the social and economic consequences have been far-reaching, at its core it has been a health crisis with an effect on almost every community around the world. A new sector analysis report produced by World Pharmacy Council (WPC) has shed valuable light on the role of community pharmacies during the COVID-19 crisis, the incredible service that has been provided to patients, and the steps that need to be taken to deal even more effectively with future pandemics.

Community Pharmacies - Part of the Solution

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia seeks to ensure that community pharmacies and pharmacists are able to work to their full scope of practice, and that community pharmacies are part of the solution for addressing pressures on the Australian health care system.

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Page last updated on: 03 June 2021