World Pharmacists Day is this Saturday, 25th September, and this year’s theme is Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health.
This week, in the lead up to World Pharmacist Day, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) will be shining a spotlight on a variety of different practice areas and highlighting the many varied roles that pharmacists are trusted to fulfil, to demonstrate the significance of pharmacists on the frontline of Australia’s healthcare system.
PSA National Vice President, Renae Beardmore, said: “Australian pharmacists are our most accessible frontline health workers, leading by example through the current global health crisis, and throughout the 2019 bushfires.
“They have all stepped up when their patients and communities needed them the most – and are some of Australia’s unsung heroes.
“They have had to contend with public panic, anxiety, constantly changing regulations, medicine shortages, and unfortunately in some cases, abusive behaviour. They have also had to contend with the fear of becoming sick, and the fear of taking it home to their own families.
“And they have stepped up once again, playing a crucial role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout with pharmacies having administered over half a million vaccines so far.
“No matter the practice environment, PSA continues to fight for improved working conditions and fairer recognition for our frontline heroes.
“This week we aim to educate Australians on the full scope in which pharmacists practice, and the significant role we play as custodians of medicine safety.”
Ms Beardmore went on to discuss Friday night’s Excellence Awards, PSA’s most esteemed acknowledgement of exemplary practice across the profession.
“This Friday, 24th September, PSA will be hosting the 2021 Excellence Awards – being held as a public livestream broadcast on YouTube. Please join us at 5:30pm in recognising exemplars of our critical profession.
“I encourage all Australian pharmacists, current and former, to get involved in this week-long celebration by printing off our trust speech bubbles, writing and sharing your own trust statements, photos and patient stories – all of which can be accessed via our website, and joining us for the Awards this Friday evening,” Ms Beardmore said.