Game of Fair Wages – Season Final

Game of Fair Wages is an industrial fight that pits our hardworking pharmacists against the Lower and Upper Houses of Australia.   The pharmacists sacrifice their time with family and friends to care for the community – on weeknights and weekends, for appalling pay and conditions.  Over the last two seasons, the Coalition – controlling both…

Federal Budget 2019-20

The 2019-20 Federal Budget will have a significant impact on Australia’s Pharmacists. Pharmacists remain one of the most underpaid professional groups in our economy. The funding model for pharmacy is one of the major drivers of this outcome. As a result, Federal Government funding through budget allocations is particularly important for pharmacists. Professional Pharmacists Australia…

VPA Communiqué

“The Authority expects pharmacies to have procedures in place to ensure that references are continuously updated so that all pharmacists can practise safely and effectively. It is disappointing when licensees must be prompted by the Authority to update several out of date references.”

PBS spending decreases 3 per cent

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) has released its ‘Expenditure and Prescriptions Twelve Months to June 2018‘. The Summary of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 2017-2018 states: The report also details expenditure on professional programmes and services delivered by community pharmacy and pharmacists to support care of patients under the Sixth CPA. Just over $182 million in funding…

Rules are broken for pharmacists

On Friday 14th December, the Fair Work Commission accepted some aspects of our work-value claim to increase wage rates under the Pharmacy Industry Award 2010 (Pharmacy Award). In effect the Commission says that pharmacists can have some increase in their pay however that increase does not fully compensate for the increased work and responsibility of modern pharmacists’ work.…

Epic Pharmacy: Their “offer”

Professional Pharmacists Australia (PPA) has been fighting to bring all Epic Hospital staff up to standard of hospital pharmacy. After delaying negotiations for over six months, Epic have blatantly ignored all our efforts at the bargaining table and revealed this “offer” in their proposal. They want to:  Cut your paid maternity leave to zero  Cut…