'Advanced practice pharmacist' pilot begins

The role, in development since a 2010 national review of the pharmacists’ competency standards, was developed by 10 major pharmacy bodies and will be credentialled by the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC).

Andrew Matthews, the APC’s assistant director of credentialling, acknowledged the controversy about expanded pharmacist scope of practice, but told MO the program was good for the profession and the health system in general.

“It’s more about identifying people who are the go-to person among their peers,” he said.

The role would also be a way to assure the public that pharmacists who did offer services “that wouldn’t normally be expected by a pharmacist” have a credential which shows they’re competent to deliver it.