Pharmacist supply on the rise

The supply of pharmacists in Australia continues to increase, mirroring the overall growth of the allied health workforce, according to new data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The AIHW data indicates that the supply of pharmacists has risen to 90.1 FTE (full-time equivalent) per 100,000 people in 2013. This is up from 87.1 per 100,000 in 2011.

Pharmacists remained the second-largest group of registered allied health practitioners in Australia, sitting at 18.2%, and were surpassed only by psychologists (19.8%).

The data also showed that 88% of registered pharmacists worked in a clinical role, and 16% were aged 55 or older – down from 17% in both 2011 and 2012.

Overall, the allied health workforce indicated significant growth, with the number of registered practitioners