Date: 13 April 2023
The RACGP submission to the Australian Pharmacy Council’s (APC) first round of consultation regarding their development of accreditation standards for pharmacist prescriber education programs highlights the need for pharmacists to work as part of a medically supported, integrated multidisciplinary team (such as in hospitals, general practice and Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Services) if pharmacists are considering expanding their scope of practice to include prescribing. The RACGP is concerned about the conflation of diagnosing and prescribing skills and that the role of diagnosis in prescribing is being diminished. The submission highlights the importance of appropriate consultation settings to ensure care is culturally safe, comprehensive and coordinated to enable high-quality diagnosis and prescribing. RACGP does not support pharmacist prescribing in retail pharmacy settings.
The first consultation involved responding to the 105 page environmental scan and literature review and answering set consultation questions. The RACGP intends to participate in the next two consultation rounds on this issue.
Read the submission
RACGP response to the Australian Pharmacy Council’s first consultation regarding the development of accreditation standards for pharmacist prescriber education standards (PDF)