Thank your pharmacist this Thursday
Monday 14th March 2022
This Thursday, 17th March, is Thank Your Pharmacist Day, an occasion dedicated to acknowledging the efforts of Australian pharmacists throughout the pandemic.
Pharmacists have gone above and beyond for their patients over the past two years, and have been subjected to incredibly challenging conditions. This initiative from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) puts pharmacists in the spotlight, seeking to give them the credit that they deserve.
PSA National President, A/Prof Chris Freeman, shed light on the occasion and encouraged everyone to get involved.
“Time and time again throughout the pandemic, our politicians have lauded the impact of Australia’s pharmacists, but this Thursday, we’re calling on them to take the next step by SHOWING their thanks.
“We would like to see politicians visit their local pharmacists to thank them for their efforts. They’ve talked the talked, now it’s time for them to walk the walk by showing their gratitude.
“Pharmacists, like many healthcare workers, have had no reprieve throughout the pandemic. They’ve stayed open when many primary healthcare providers closed their doors. Yet, unfair and inequitable pay discrepancies exist. Pharmacists are losing out.
“It’s simple, pharmacists must be paid at the same rate as any other professional for providing the same service – but in certain instances, this isn’t happening.
“As it stands, pharmacists are receiving substantially less than other immunisers for administering the same COVID-19 vaccine, an unfair pay disparity for providing exactly the same service. This is one of the many overlooked issues which requires urgent attention.
“Our pharmacists have worked too hard, at great personal expense, for these inequities in recognition and remuneration to go unaddressed by all governments, and through this occasion, we hope to give pharmacists the attention and recognition they deserve.
“We are also encouraging members of the public to take part in the initiative.
“While you’re at the pharmacy, get to know your pharmacists. Listen to their stories and further understand the challenges they face.
“You trust them with your medicines and your lives, so take some time out of your day to thank them for all their hard work and dedication,” A/Prof Freeman said.
Media contact: PSA media 0424 777 463