When you need them most
In Australia, the authorisation and funding for pharmacist scope of practice lags far behind the education, competencies and capabilities of the pharmacist workforce. The pandemic has highlighted the true potential for community pharmacists to perform at their full scope of practice, and in doing so relieve pressure on other parts of the healthcare system. Take COVID-19 vaccinations in pharmacies as one such example, as shown in the graph demonstrating total vaccinations administered.
Opportunities for the future
The Guild’s vision is for community pharmacy to thrive within a vibrant, dynamic and commercially prosperous network of businesses operating with medication advice, management and safety at its core. An opportunity assessment was commissioned to determine the range of economic and health benefits for the Australian people that would be derived from empowering pharmacists to operate at their full scope. Presented here are the national benefits across ten targeted health conditions.
Accessibility of pharmacy
Australia’s community pharmacy network is spread across the country from the most remote locations, throughout cities, towns and countryside. In capital cities, 97 per cent of people have access to at least one pharmacy within 2.5 km radius, while in the rest of Australia, it’s 66 per cent. Digest data aides understanding of the vast array of pharmacies across the network.