General Practice Pharmacist

General Practice Pharmacist

What is a GP Pharmacist?

A General Practice Pharmacist works directly and collaboratively with GPs and other health professionals to support the quality use of medicines. From undertaking medication reviews and providing medication advice to patients, to conducting clinical audits and providing education to GPs and other practice staff, working as a general practice pharmacist enables you to support the quality use of medicines through a variety of activities.


What does a GP Pharmacist do?

The table below provides an example of the types of activities a General Practice Pharmacist would undertake on a day-to-day basis.


General Practice Pharmacist Activities


How can I become a GP Pharmacist?

PSA is the leader in education and support for pharmacists new to or interested in working in general practice, and for pharmacists already working in general practice to advance their career.


To assess if you are ready to become a General Practice Pharmacist, we recommend the following criteria as ideal characteristics and experience to enter the general practice setting:

  • Current registration as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience post-registration
  • Medication Management Review accreditation is desirable but not essential.  Accreditation is available through the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) or The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA). Further information about Medication Management Review Accreditation is available here.
  • Complete or be enrolled in the PSA Foundation Training (see below)


Visit the General Practice Pharmacist Foundation Training page to find out more.

GP Pharmacist Foundation Training

Take the next step in your career with PSA’s GP Pharmacist Foundation Training and work collaboratively with GPs to improve patient outcomes.

Success stories

“I became a general practice pharmacist, because I wanted to use my clinical skills to their full ability, work with a team of engaged professionals and affect patient care”

Vinita Deshpande, General Practice Pharmacist


“Becoming a general practice pharmacist allowed me to to use, expand and apply my skills that I had gained over several years. It was a natural progression in my career”

Joy Gailer, General Practice Pharmacist


Guidelines for General Practice Pharmacists

The Guidelines for general practice pharmacists provide guidance to pharmacists on establishing and undertaking the role of a General Practice Pharmacist.

Practice Support Tools

PSA offers Practice Support Tools to all members to establish your role and support your journey as a General Practice Pharmacist.

The frontline of medicines safety

Hear what Mina Naguib has to say about working as a General Practice Pharmacist.

Join the community

Join the PSA General Practice Pharmacist Online Community of Practice and access a space to network, share information and discuss industry-specific matters.

Need more information?

Please feel free to send an email to gppharmacist@psa.org.au if you require any more information or have any questions about becoming a General Practice Pharmacist.