Upgraded pharmacy qualification bombs

A program aimed at upgrading pharmacists’ qualifications has been axed due to lack of interest.

The 50-hour qualification was designed to recognise pharmacists who go above and beyond in a specialised area and provide support and advocacy for the profession.

Despite 48 pharmacists taking part in a pilot in 2015, there was not enough interest this year, causing the  Australian Pharmacy Council to dumped the program, which was titled National Credentialing of Advanced Practice.

 “We didn’t even receive 48 (applicants),” says council CEO Bronwyn Clark.

She would not be drawn on why it failed to attract interest.

The program was developed by the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) – a collaboration of 11 professional pharmacy bodies – who chose the council to run it.

Consultant pharmacist Debbie Rigby, one the program’s