NAPSA submission to Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation
In July 2016, a discussion paper was released by the Australian Government's Department of Health titled, Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation.
The National Australian Pharmacy Students Association (NAPSA), as being the peak body for pharmacy students representing approximately 3500 pharmacy students nationally released a submission in response to a variety of questions in the paper. "Our response gives insight into how pharmacy students see the profession from a unique perspective and how important it is to shape the profession into what we want it to be in the future as practicing pharmacists", said James Buckley, Director of External Affairs.
In their response, NAPSA constructed covered a range of topics that have been present in the media. These include access to medicines in rural communities, the importance of physical and mental health to the consumers and the different demographics that pharmacies must take into consideration when dispensing. These responses are hoped to be well received by the Department of Health as NAPSA has an opportunistic outlook on the pharmacy profession in the future. This outlook focuses on moving more towards a model where professional services are not just implemented in pharmacies, but are a part of the culture of primary health care.
NAPSA President, Shefali Parekh said, "NAPSA's response showcases the areas of pharmacy students are most interested in, and see potential for change in. The review therefore provided an opportunity for students to contribute their innovative ideas to ensure our future profession remains viable".
NAPSA's full submission to the review can be found here.
The National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association
Director of External Affairs
National Australian Pharmacy Students' Association