Pharmacy Board of Australia – December Newsletter

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the final newsletter for 2015 from the Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board).
In this newsletter we provide an update on important topics such as practice advice, the Board’s annual report and registration renewal.
Recently we released our 2014/15 annual report, which includes details of the Board’s achievements and priorities during the financial year.
In coming months, we will also publish a profession-specific profile.
I would also like to remind you all that the registration renewal date for pharmacists with general or non-practising registration was 30 November 2015.
If you haven’t already renewed your registration, please do so as soon as possible.
We have started preparing for a busy 2016 and I look forward to working with you all as we continue to work on improving and strengthening the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme), driving operational excellence and protecting the public.On behalf of the National Board, I wish you all a safe and happy festive season.

William Kelly
Chair, Pharmacy Board of Australia

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Issue 10 December 2015

Compounding of medicines
The Guidelines on compounding of medicines
(the guidelines) are now in effect.
Video and Powerpoint for pharmacy students and graduates released
The Board has launched a video outlining the steps graduates need to take to gain provisional registration and complete an internship to be eligible to apply for general registration.
Publication of revised standards and CPD Guidelines for pharmacists
On 1 November 2015 the Board published revised registration standards and guidelines.
Revised guidelines for pharmacists in effect
Revised guidelines for pharmacists published in September came into effect on 7 December 2015.
Practice advice
Returned drugs of dependence to pharmacies
Concern has recently been expressed about the diversion of Schedule 8 poisons (Controlled Drugs) from Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) bins in community pharmacies.
Quarterly registration data
At September 2015, there were a total of 29,150 registered pharmacists.
Approval of supervised practice
Intern pharmacists must undertake a total of 1824 hours of Board approved supervised practice.
Tribunal decisions
The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (the tribunal) has reprimanded a pharmacist, cancelled his registration and disqualified him from reapplying for registration for one year.
National Scheme news
2014/15 National Scheme annual report
AHPRA and the National Boards have released their 2014/15 annual report.
Pharmacy profession profile
In the coming months, the Board will publish a report of its work in regulating the pharmacy profession.
New RACGP guide on prescribing benzodiazepines
RACGP has released a new guide for general practitioners on prescribing benzodiazepines, focusing on patient-centred care, accountable prescribing and harm reduction.
Changes to Medicines Australia code of conduct affecting health practitioners
Pharmacists should be aware of changes to the Medicines Australia code of conduct, which came into effect on 1 October 2015.
Queensland complaints data have been published
AHPRA and the National Boards have published detailed performance data about notifications management in Queensland.
Improving monitoring of conditions on practitioner registration
AHPRA has welcomed calls for stringent monitoring and swift detection of breaches in compliance by registered health practitioners with restrictions on their registration.
National drug screening protocol
Restrictions are placed on practitioners with a history of substance misuse to keep the public safe.
AHPRA actions to improve consumer and practitioner experience
AHPRA and the National Boards have focussed on improving the experience of people who have made a notification.
For more information
Visit the Pharmacy Board of Australia website for more news about the profession.

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