Date: 13 January 2014
The Queensland Branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the
Pharmacy Guild of Australia have announced the launch of a pharmacist
immunisation research pilot program to be conducted across a number of community
pharmacies in Queensland.
This announcement comes following consultation with the Department of Health
to obtain the appropriate legal approval for the trial. The Queensland Pharmacist
Immunisation Pilot (QPIP) will begin in the 2014 influenza season and will target
consumers not currently covered by the National Immunisation Program.
President of the PSA Qld Branch, Professor Lisa Nissen, said the Guild and PSA
would be working with the Queensland University of Technology and James Cook
University to ensure the pilot’s research outcomes were of the highest standard and
“We are pleased to be working with the universities on the implementation of this
important pilot program,” Professor Nissen said.
Queensland Branch President of the Pharmacy Guild, Tim Logan, said the pilot could
lay the groundwork for the delivery of more professional services through community
“Community pharmacies are the most accessible healthcare professionals and so we
are a natural destination for the delivery of vital immunisation services,” Mr Logan
“Through our collaboration with the universities we will be able to collect the essential
evidence to enable us to evaluate the role of pharmacist immunisation services. The
Pharmacy Board of Australia and PDL will monitor the trial to ensure that regulatory
and risk management issues are managed with their cooperation.
“This is an academically-designed trial so participants will be targeted to fit certain
criteria to ensure the scientific robustness of the analysis of results.
“In the early stages pharmacists seeking involvement are advised to begin planning to
engage once government has considered the trial and made any necessary regulatory
amendments needed to introduce the full program.”
Professor Beverley Glass, Chair in Pharmacy James Cook University, said she saw
the pilot as a fantastic opportunity for the profession to demonstrate the ability to offer
this expanded service.
“Importantly this will be research informing practice to achieve positive consumer
outcomes,” she said.
Peter Waterman (PSA) 0487 922 176
Greg Turnbull (Pharmacy Guild) (02) 6270 1821
PDF: PSA and Pharmacy Guild in QLD immunisation trial
Contact: Nikki Watson