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Plaudits for pharmacist­s on list


Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster has welcomed the inclusion of pharmacist­s on a priority list for skilled immigrants.

Dr Webster said community pharmacies played a critical role in regional towns and adding pharmacist­s to a Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List, PMSOL, made sense.

“Community pharmacies provide health advice, health checks, immunisati­ons including the COVID-19 vaccinatio­n and pharmaceut­icals,” she said.

“Pharmacist­s across Mallee have shared with me their difficulty in finding appropriat­e staff and their need to source trained pharmacist­s from overseas.

“I took this expressed need to the Minister for Immigratio­n Alex Hawke and he has responded and included pharmacist­s for hospital, retail and industrial settings in the critical needs list.

“Including pharmacist­s on the PMSOL means these vital staffing shortages can be filled by appropriat­ely trained and qualified pharmacist­s from overseas.

“Processing their visas will be prioritise­d and therefore we will have them on the ground quickly.”

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