10 Nov 2016
The past financial year has been a period of collaboration, consultation and revision for the Pharmacy Board of Australia, according to information published by AHPRA today in its 2015/16 annual report.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
The Board published revised registration standards on professional indemnity insurance arrangements, continuing professional development and related guidelines, recency of practice, supervised practice arrangements, and examinations for general registration. The Board also published revised guidelines for pharmacists on a wide range of practice matters.
‘After the publication of the Board’s guidelines on compounding medicines we welcomed further feedback from the profession, and collaborated with the Therapeutic Goods Administration to refine proposals’ said Mr William Kelly, Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. ‘We held two forums, and gave pharmacists the opportunity to comment on the consultation paper published on the Board’s website. Consultation and collaboration between stakeholders is paramount to forming relevant guidelines and keeping the public safe.’
‘It’s important that knowledge is shared among professional agencies,’ said Mr Kelly. ‘The Board also contributed to the revision of the competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia.’
For guidelines, codes and policies, visit the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s website.
An overview of the past year includes:
For more data and information relating to the Pharmacy Board of Australia in 2015/16, please see the 2015/16 annual report. The report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the Boards and highlights a multi profession approach to risk-based regulation with a clear focus on ensuring that Australians have a safe and competent health workforce.
‘The regulation of over 660,000 registered health practitioners across 14 health professions and eight states and territories is an important task,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘There are many things to consider in regulation - but there is only one main focus, and that is public safety.’
Supplementary tables that break down data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance can also be found on the annual report website.
In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in every state and territory, which will be released in late 2016. Expanded, profession-specific summaries will also be released and progressively published from early 2017.
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