Pharmacist Immunisation: Which Vaccine? Which State?

pharmacist immunisation by state

Back in the day, you were registered in one state. Great. You would have been tested on that state’s laws as well as the overarching Commonwealth laws.

Then in 2010 we all became nationally registered overnight. Which made things a little bit confusing.

Then each state passed their own laws to allow pharmacists to immunise – which lead us to the situation we’re in now. If you’re in the ACT you can administer influenza AND whooping cough vaccines, but cross the border into NSW and it’s influenza only.

So what vaccines can you administer in each state and what are the requirements for being a pharmacist immuniser?

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Careers in Pharmacy: Out of the Box Options

careers in pharmacy

You’ve got your degree.  Check.

You’ve completed your internship. Check.

You’ve got yourself registered. Check.

And now you’ve got yourself a job that you go to day in and day out. Or more likely you go to that job on the weekends and at night because let’s be honest getting a steady 9-5 Monday to Friday job in community pharmacy is like pulling hen’s teeth. Cheers to those in hospital pharmacy – you’ve got it made.

And you’re left feeling…unsatisfied. Jaded. Is this all there is?

While your friends from school work their way up their respective career ladders you’re left wondering where to now? Do you just see out your days working in community or hospital pharmacy? Or are there alternative careers for pharmacists?

Ready to take a career leap? Here are some options you might not have considered.

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What it Means to be an Early Career Pharmacist

Early career pharmacist

If you’ve ever questioned where your career can take you, this is for you.

If you’re an intern, this article is for you.

If you’re a student, this article is for you.

Because honestly, your career is what YOU make of it. Yes, we all have a B.Pharm or M.Pharm but that doesn’t mean your only choice is Community Pharmacy or Hospital Pharmacy.

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Intern Training Programs: what are your options?

intern training program options

I was recently shocked to realise that there are now 6 (yes, six!) intern training programs to choose from all with different offerings and costs.

Do we not have enough choice in our lives already?

How do you even cope with this level of decision making?

Is it not enough that you’ve found A JOB and managed to navigate the process of applying to AHPRA for provisional registration?!

Back in my day when I was an Intern Pharmacist, there was only one Intern Training Program (ITP) available – everyone completed the PSA’s ITP.

Just to clarify: I am still very much an Early Career Pharmacist.

Early Career Pharmacist: a registered pharmacist within 10 years of initial registration. 

In an effort to make your life a little easier we’ve put together a comparison of the ITPs on offer.Continue Reading →

Pharmacist in Profile: Elise Apolloni

PIP Elise Apolloni

Where to start with Elsie Apolloni? I honestly felt tired just reading through her LinkedIn profile.

Managing partner at Capital Chemist Wanniassa; member of both the PGA and PSA ACT Branch Committees; the only pharmacist member of the ACT Health and Capital Health Network; Lifeline support worker; Pharmacists’ Support Service support worker; not to mention the numerous post-graduate qualifications she’s completed.

She scooped three awards at the 2017 ACT Telstra Business Woman Awards:

  • 2017 Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year
  • 2017 Telstra ACT Business Women’s Entrepreneur Award winner
  • 2017 Telstra ACT Young Business Woman of the Year

And to top it all off she was named the National 2017 Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year!

If you’ve had the chance to hear her speak or interact with her you’ll know that her positivity and passion for the pharmacy industry is infectious.

She sat down on our virtual couch in an honest and open interview about how past events have shaped her career and her advice for other pharmacists.Continue Reading →

Pharmacist in Profile: Sabrine Elkhodr

Pharmacist in Profile Sabrine Elkhodr Pharmacist Entrepreneur

Pharmacist entrepreneur Sabrine Elkhodr, is something of a power house. In what many would consider to still be a very ‘young’ career her resume is varied and impressive. She’s completed a Masters of Philosophy, founded PharmHack, and worked with organisations like Beyond Blue and the Australian Department of Health amongst other non-pharmacy related start-ups.

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