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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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 →

Maternity Leave: How to Manage Your Registration

Maernity leave registration pharmacists

Not going near the cytotoxics because you’ve got a bun in the oven?

Having a baby is a steep learning curve and that’s before you even get to hold that precious bundle.

You’ve got a million things to do, appointments to make and you can’t eat anything that you desperately want to. Oh and make sure you add navigating Centrelink and the Paid Parental Leave application to your ever-growing to-do list to match your ever-growing stomach.

But what do you do with your AHPRA registration while you’re on maternity leave?

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Pharmacists CPD: 6 reasons to invest in your career

Pharmacists CPD invest career

Continuing professional development (CPD) has a way of striking dread into the hearts of pharmacists.

It’s that thing in the back of your mind when you turn up for work on Monday morning, when you’re cooking dinner on Friday night and when you’re lying in bed checking Facebook.

You smashed out your learning plan back in September with plans that this year would be different. But suddenly it’s June, you’ve got hardly any CPD credits and you’re scrambling to get the rest done before 30 September.

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The real benefits of attending events in person

In this digital age where 80% of work is done online, it’s easy to get caught up in cyberspace and lose site of the benefits of attending events in person.

There’s a myriad of virtual meetings and seminars available these days making it easier for people to attend without having to take time off work as well as cut down on travel expenses if you’re not in a major city. But what’s lost when this happens is the personal interaction that can only come from being in the same room as others.Continue Reading →

The value of personal and professional development.

Professional development

Personal and professional development is a part of our lives that’s so often overlook. Once we graduate university and get a job (yay!), we tend to think that’s it, my study life is done, now to get on with my life. I know I certainly did.

But we fail to realise the importance of both personal and professional development. Even if you’re happy in your job and not looking to leave there are so any reasons why we need to continue to learn. Continue Reading →