Bulletin: Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation
During negotiations for the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) in 2015 the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia made a commitment to conduct an independent Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation (the Review). A final report will be provided to the Minister for Health by March 2017.
The Review is being undertaken by a three person panel which includes Consumers Health Forum Deputy Chair Jo Watson. They will provide recommendations on future remuneration, regulation including Pharmacy Location Rules, and other arrangements that apply to pharmacy and wholesalers for the dispensing and supply of medicines and other services, including the preparation of infusions or injections for chemotherapy, provided under the PBS. The focus is to ensure consumers have reliable and affordable access to medicines. More information on the Review is here.
The Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation has released their Discussion Paper to help stimulate debate and inform submissions which will inform the Panel’s recommendations.
You can read a CHF press release about the review here: Pharmacy review places focus on consumer needs.
The Panel is conducting public consultations –see details below
It would be good to see as many consumers as possible at these consultations to ensure the consumer voice is heard by the panel.
PUBLIC CONSULTATION DATES
All forums run from 7-9 pm
Tuesday 9 August
Novotel Melbourne on Collins
270 Collins Street Melbourne
Wednesday 10 August
393 Argyle Street Hobart
Thursday 11 August
12 St John Street Launceston
Monday 15 August
Hellenic Club Woden
Tuesday 16 August
Dobbs and Kincaid Street
Wednesday 17 August
Albury Tigers Club
Wodonga Place Albury
Monday 22 August
209-217 Esplanade Cairns
Tuesday 23 August
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Merivale and Glenelg Streets
Thurs 25 August
14 Carrington St Sydney
Monday 29 August
Tuesday 30 August
Mantra Pandanus, 43 Knuckey Street Darwin
Thursday 1 September
9-10 South Terrace
For anyone who missed the consultations in Perth, Adelaide or Broken Hill, can’t attend one of the remaining dates or wants to make a further contribution there will be a Live National Webcast from Canberra in the evening of 7 September
To register your interest in attending one or more of the forums, including the national webcast, please email the Review Secretariat with the location of the forum you wish to attend; the number of participants attending; and their affiliation (e.g. pharmacist or consumer).
There will be an online survey for the community to respond to. You can enter your response to the survey here: http://www.health.gov.au/pharmacyreview#Questionnaire
The Panel has asked for submissions in response to the discussion paper. Submissions close 23 September 2016.
CHF will be putting in a submission and welcomes input into that submission. Please get any input to us by 16 September.
We encourage other consumer organisations to put in submissions. We can provide some assistance in preparing those or would be happy to have your organisation’s key issues as an addendum to our submission. Contact Jo Root on firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about this.