PPDC Communique 17 March 2015

The Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) met in March 2015 and is pleased to report on the following outcomes. Review of the competency standards The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has been working as a consultant to the PPDC to inform the review of the National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia.  The PPDC was pleased to receive a draft final report from the AHHA on the findings of the background research, literature review and stakeholder consultation.  The PPDC considered the consultant’s recommendations on the structure, type and format of competencies required to reflect contemporary practice and likely future changes … [Read more...]

PPDC Media Release 19 January 2015

Media Release Seeking feedback on review of competency standards for pharmacists The pharmacy profession’s competency standards are being reviewed through the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC), a profession-wide collaborative forum of 11 pharmacy organisations. Late last year the PPDC appointed the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) to undertake work to help inform the review of the National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia. To date, the AHHA has completed background research and literature review focussing on the current competency standards landscape as well as evolution and recent advancement in health … [Read more...]

PPDC Communique 19 November 2014

The Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) met last month and is pleased to report on the following outcomes. Appointment of project consultants The PPDC is pleased to announce the appointment of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) to undertake work which will inform the review of the National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia. The AHHA has been tasked to undertake background research and literature review to consider the competency standards landscape and to gauge evolution and recent advancement in health professional competency standards.  Following preparation of a draft paper, a national consultation will be conducted … [Read more...]

Invitation to submit expression of interest

The Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) is commencing a review of the Australian pharmacy profession’s competency standards.  The National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia issued in 2010 is regarded as a dynamic document and is formally reviewed on a regular basis.  Consultation forums will be conducted across the country with the pharmacy profession as part of this review. On behalf of the profession, the PPDC is seeking expressions of interest from suitable individuals or groups to assist with the first stage of the review.  The successful consultant will be asked to undertake background research and literature review on national and … [Read more...]

PPDC Communique 22 July 2014

Pharmacy organisations involved in the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee (APPFSC) recently agreed to the establishment of the Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC).  This follows completion of a significant body of work by the APPFSC in the last three years.  The PPDC met for the first time earlier this month and is pleased to report on the following. Establishment of the PPDC The successful transition of the APPFSC to the PPDC is due to the commitment of the ten pharmacy organisations who are Members of the PPDC.  The PPDC will be chaired by Dr Shane Jackson, who also chaired the APPFSC, and operate under new terms of reference. Given the purpose … [Read more...]

Communique 8 April 2014

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee (APPFSC) met in March 2014 and takes this opportunity to report on the following outcomes. Advanced pharmacy practice recognition model – Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) as the endorsed independent credentialing body.  Considerable work through 2013 has culminated in the endorsement of an advanced pharmacy practice recognition model for Australian pharmacists by all ten pharmacy organisations participating in this forum.  This is a model whereby APC will act as the independent credentialing body and other organisations will have a role in providing readiness support to interested pharmacists including advanced level … [Read more...]

Communique 6 December 2013

The Steering Committee met on 18 November 2013 and is pleased to report on the following outcomes. Web site on advanced pharmacy practice.  A new web site on Advanced Pharmacy Practice has been launched and can be accessed at www.advancedpharmacypractice.com.au.  The site has been created with the support of all organisations represented on the APPFSC in response to a shared desire to have a web site where pharmacists can readily access information and resources on advanced pharmacy practice and other competency standards-related initiatives.  It will operate as a central repository site where materials will be uploaded regularly.  The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework released late … [Read more...]

Communique 29 October 2013

The Steering Committee met in late September and progressed several important initiatives, including: Advanced practice recognition model:  The Recognition Model Working Group was asked to discuss and develop further details of a recognition model.  Planning is underway for several recommendations to be made to APPFSC Member organisations in the coming months. Review of customised tool of entry-level competencies:  The Committee thanked those who have already contributed to the survey since August 2013.  The survey will remain open until further notice.  Feedback on the customised tool would be appreciated and will help inform future design and use of the tool. Vaccination by … [Read more...]

Communique 12 August 2013

The Steering Committee met in late June and discussed several important initiatives, including: Advanced pharmacy practice survey:  Analysis of the outcomes of the advanced  pharmacy practice survey has been completed and a manuscript is being prepared for publication. Review of customised tool of entry-level competencies: The Committee has commenced a review of the customised tool of entry-level competency standards. Recognition model: The APPFSC is progressing its next stage of work to establish an  advanced pharmacy practice recognition model. Vaccination by pharmacists: Work has  commenced by the APPFSC to progress this initiative including a mapping of Australian  pharmacists’ … [Read more...]