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Accreditation

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About accreditation

PSA is the natural home for accredited pharmacists and will be offering a full Accreditation Credentialling Program from 2023 following the closure of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP). PSA will also offer a complete package of support and ongoing training for accredited pharmacists and those looking to become accredited, alongside this credentialling program.

 

PSA has a strong vision for the future of accreditation and we want to see accreditation become a major career pathway for pharmacists. We will continue to advocate for accredited pharmacists.

 

While we are still awaiting confirmation from the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care regarding the new program rules for accredited pharmacists, we will keep you informed of developments as we learn more.

 

FAQs

Why did PSA/PGA make the decision to close AACP?

PSA continues to endorse measures that would decrease entry barriers to accreditation – such as by increasing competition of providers and by increasing government-funded accreditation places.

PGA has publicly advocated to remove the requirement of accreditation to claim for HMR/RMMR funding. PSA does not support this position.

Why weren’t we consulted on these changes?

There was written agreement between the AACP, PSA and PGA to make the announcement only after the agreement was signed.

Does PSA/PGA want to abolish accreditation?

PSA strongly supports retaining pharmacist accreditation and has a strong vision for accreditation to become a major career pathway for pharmacists. Accreditation is an important step to assure patients, aged care providers, GPs and funders that pharmacists are competent to conduct comprehensive medication reviews.  PSA acknowledges the need for pharmacists to develop and maintain the skills attained during accreditation to be a minimum required for activities like RMMRs and HMRs.

What does this mean for those currently accredited?

We are waiting on a final decision from the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care on what requirements will exist for reaccreditation, we anticipate you will need to be a member of an accrediting body so recommend you become/remain a PSA member so that you have access to tools, support and ongoing education.

What does this mean for the standard for accreditation?

The program rules that set the standard for accreditation are determined by the Commonwealth Department of Health. PSA is advocating for this standard to be maintained and has a strong view that quality of care needs to be improved. The Department and other stakeholders have accepted there may be other organisations that want to offer accreditation, and that the program rules should enable this. PSA, as a joint owner of AACP, will continue fighting to protect AACP’s legacy.

What does this mean for those currently undertaking AACP accreditation?

Pharmacists already undertaking accreditation credentialling with AACP can continue to do so until AACP ceases operations at the end of 2022. From 1 Jan 2023, these pharmacists can continue to complete their accreditation credentialling with PSA.  The AACP have sent an email to all pharmacists undergoing accreditation, you will need to reply to this with your choice of future provider.

What does this mean for those looking to undertake accreditation in the future?

If you have not started the credentialling process, we encourage you to enroll in Stage 1 with PSA. Once complete you may continue to Stage 2.

If you have already completed Stage 1, you may enroll in Stage 2 with PSA from 1 January 2023.

Will I need to become a PSA member if I am already undertaking accreditation or want to remain accredited?

PSA is awaiting confirmation from the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care regarding whether accredited pharmacists will be required to be a member of an accrediting body. PSA believes membership should not be compulsory and is advocating for that position.

Every year you’ll need to maintain your accreditation, it will be a simple process as a PSA member. PSA will communicate you accreditation status with PPA.

How much will accreditation and reaccreditation cost?

PSA will not charge reaccreditation fees. The PSA Accreditation Credentialling Program will be priced similar to the current AACP offer.

Why is accreditation important?

PSA acknowledges that all pharmacists are medicine experts and are trained to counsel, support and provide care for patients. Quality training of pharmacists in medication knowledge, communication, and counselling equips pharmacists with additional skills to provide high quality, complex medication review services through collaborative care models with other health care providers. Accreditation provides opportunity for career pathways and progression, a key pillar of PSA’s ongoing advocacy for roles, remuneration and recognition of pharmacists. PSA acknowledges the need to reduce the financial barrier to reaccreditation and is committed to advocating for higher quality training and support.