TGA to brief pharmacists on vaping reform

16 February 2024


Chief Medical Adviser of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Professor Robyn Langham joins Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) National President Associate Professor Fei Sim FPS this month for a national webinar on recent and planned changes affecting the supply and regulation of vaping products.

Clearing the Air – Navigating the Vaping Reforms with Confidence explores recent regulatory changes (and those in the pipeline) and what they mean for pharmacists. It will also introduce the TGA’s new validation tool providing real-time monitoring of Special Access Scheme and Authorised Prescriber scheme notifications to support safe dispensing of unapproved therapeutic goods.

An update on evidence-based approaches for smoking and vaping cessation and nicotine dependence management will also be covered by guest speakers from the ‘National Quit Training and Resource Centre for Nicotine Cessation’ (Quit Centre) which provides a national best practice support service for health professionals.

A/Prof Fei Sim FPS urged pharmacists to attend the webinar and hear directly from the TGA.

“This webinar is a chance for pharmacists to hear directly from the TGA and experts in the field, to gain in-depth understanding of the new regulatory environment, especially as it relates to dispensing unapproved vaping products.

“I strongly encourage all pharmacists to attend, especially pharmacists who supply or are looking to supply vaping products, to ensure as pharmacists we are meeting our professional obligations in our practice and providing best-practice smoking cessation support to patients.”

Pharmacists can visit Clearing the Air – Navigating the Vaping Reforms with Confidence to register.

Pharmacists can also visit the TGA’s Vaping Hub to find more information on the regulatory changes to vapes, including sourcing and dispensing within the new regulatory settings.


Clearing the Air – Navigating the Vaping Reforms with Confidence

Tuesday 27 February 2024, from 7.30pm AEDT

Presented in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care


Media contact:   Georgia Clarke   M: 0480 099 798  E: georgia.clarke@psa.org.au

Next generation learning for pharmacy assistants, interns

25 January 2024


The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has partnered with tech company Audirie to modernise pharmacy assistant and intern training programs, integrating tailored learning tools and real-time assessment into pharmacy education.

PSA learners will soon have access to virtual patients as part of their online learning environment, supporting the real-world application of their training material.

PSA Chief Executive Officer Adj A/Prof Steve Morris welcomed the new partnership, reaffirming the organisation’s commitment to enhanced education across the pharmacy sector.

“As a leader in pharmacy education and training, PSA’s excited to provide learners with new and innovative products as part of their education journey.

“We’re proud to be harnessing technology to give our learners the edge, training in real-life scenarios and better preparing them for their careers.

“Our focus remains firmly on providing high quality, practical education to our members and learners, training them to meet the current and future needs of our communities,” he said.

Audirie Chief Executive Officer Michael Alexander said the partnership represented a groundbreaking approach to education in the pharmacy sector.

“As a pharmacist myself, I am excited to collaborate with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and bring Audirie to the forefront of pharmacy education,” he said.

“This partnership is a significant step forward in integrating new technologies into the training and assessment processes, ultimately benefitting pharmacy professionals and the industry as a whole.”

About Audirie

Audirie is a leading provider of AI-driven communication solutions, committed to transforming the way individuals learn and grow. With a focus on immersive learning experiences, Audirie harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to deliver innovative and effective training programs across various industries.

Media contact:   Georgia Clarke   M: 0480 099 798  E: georgia.clarke@psa.org.au

PSA prepares pharmacists for Victorian scope expansion

24 October 2023


The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched its education series to prepare pharmacists participating in the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot.

The 12-month pilot is aimed at testing an expanded role for community pharmacists, authorising the continued supply of oral contraceptive pills without a prescription, as well as supply of antibiotics for uncomplicated urinary tract infections.

It is a requirement that pharmacists complete appropriate training, including PSA’s Contraception essentials and Managing uncomplicated cystitis (Urinary Tract Infection)  programs.

Both modules are available to all Victorian pharmacists, and are free for PSA members.

PSA Victoria President Dr Amy Page FPS urges pharmacists to complete training as soon as possible.

“PSA is proud to build on our existing support for pharmacists to maximise opportunities to develop their practice and deliver high quality care to patients as pharmacist scope continues to evolve,” Dr Page said.

“This is an exciting opportunity for community pharmacists to not only expand their scope, but also to provide accessible care for all Victorians, particularly those in rural and regional parts of our state.

“These programs empower pharmacists with the knowledge and skills required to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Victorians while contributing to the success of the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot.

“This is about making sure that Victorians have access to safe health care when and where they need it,” Dr Page concluded.

Enrolments are now open for the Contraception essentials and Managing uncomplicated cystitis (Urinary Tract Infection)  training modules.

For more information on the Victorian Community Pharmacist Statewide Pilot, visit the Department of Health website.

Media contact:   Georgia Clarke   M: 0480 099 798  E: georgia.clarke@psa.org.au