01 Nov 2019
In 2018, the Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board) conducted a large-scale survey of recent pharmacy interns and preceptors across Australia.
The Pharmacy Internship Experience Survey (PIES) was a national survey giving interns and preceptors the chance to provide feedback on their own experiences, so the Board can continue to improve the supervised practice process for future interns and preceptors.
The survey was conducted to investigate issues relevant to the quality of the intern training experience. The survey was part of the Board’s goal to continuously improve the training experience for interns, to better prepare the pharmacy workforce to provide safe services to the public.
The analysis of the survey results is now complete, and the Board is considering the findings and what actions it may take.
The Board’s priority will be to share insights from the survey with stakeholders such as intern training providers and pharmacist member organisations. This will enable the Board to work together with stakeholders to facilitate a better intern experience.
The Board is pleased to share that although survey respondents indicated areas for improvement, the majority of the interns and preceptors surveyed agreed that the internship year was successful and enabled interns to gain the skills and knowledge to practise independently as a pharmacist.
Visit the Board's internships page for more about internships.