More hours be­fore exam

Pharmacy Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

IN­TERN phar­ma­cists wish­ing to sit the In­tern Writ­ten Ex­am­i­na­tion will need to have com­pleted 40% of their re­quired ap­proved su­per­vised prac­tice hours by the date of the ex­am­i­na­tion, un­der new re­quire­ments con­firmed by the Phar­macy Board of Aus­tralia on Fri.

The lat­est Board com­mu­niqué de­tails the changes, which fol­low dis­cus­sions with the Aus­tralian Phar­macy Coun­cil (APC) and will be­come ef­fec­tive 01 Jan 2018.

The cur­rent el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ment is com­ple­tion of 30% of ap­proved su­per­vised prac­tice hours, and this will be main­tained for ex­ams con­ducted in 2016 and 2017.

“The change in el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria will en­sure in­terns have had suf­fi­cient time and ex­pe­ri­ence in their su­per­vised prac­tice in order to demon­strate their com­pe­tence, and also have the best pos­si­ble chance to be suc­cess­ful at the ex­am­i­na­tion,” the Board said.

The de­ci­sion was based on a rec­om­men­da­tion from the Aus­tralian Phar­macy Coun­cil re­gard­ing the op­ti­mum time for can­di­dates to sit the writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tion dur­ing the in­tern year, and is based on a five year col­lec­tion of APC data.

“With writ­ten ex­am­i­na­tions sched­uled on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, the change in el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria is ex­pected to have lit­tle or no im­pact on in­terns,” the Board said.

The com­mu­niqué also re­vealed the lat­est quar­terly regis­tra­tion data, with a to­tal of 29,717 reg­is­tered phar­ma­cists in Aus­tralia as at Jun 2016 - in­clud­ing 26,948 with gen­eral regis­tra­tion, 1,727 with pro­vi­sional regis­tra­tion, 1,035 with non-prac­tis­ing regis­tra­tion and seven with lim­ited regis­tra­tion.

The board en­cour­aged phar­ma­cists to re­new their regis­tra­tion on­line by 30 Nov.

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