This year’s World Pharmacists Day on Friday 25 September provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible work and dedication of pharmacists over the past year.
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) National President Associate Professor Chris Freeman said 2020 has been an extraordinary year, one where pharmacists have gone above and beyond to serve the community under significant stress.
“Pharmacists have remained accessible, approachable and have put themselves in harm’s way to ensure that patients have had the care they need, when they need it,” he said.
“Throughout the bushfire crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, pharmacists have stood tall and responded to the most challenging of circumstances and I am incredibly proud of how the profession has met that challenge head on.
“Our profession is the bedrock of many parts of the health system, and as an essential service has been called upon by governments and the public to protect the most vulnerable in our society and to continue to care for patients.”
Despite the many challenges faced by the profession in recent times, pharmacists continue to provide their patients with the best healthcare and as medicines experts ensure that all Australians are using their medications properly.
A/Prof Freeman said it is pharmacists that have been the glue that has kept many parts of the health system functioning during difficult times.
“Now is the time for the shackles to be taken off and for government to thank pharmacists for the extraordinary role they have played in addressing the challenges of COVID-19,” he said.
“Pharmacists practising to full scope and being remunerated appropriately for not only the sacrifices made but expert skills and training must be the acknowledgement and clear support from governments and policy makers must ensure there is the reward for the incredible effort.
“While today is a time for us to celebrate our profession and reflect on the past twelve months, it is also an opportunity for us to look forward to the next year and beyond.”