The Victorian Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, announced the Government’s intention to implement a program to have hospital pharmacists administer certain vaccinations to people aged 18 years and older.
The Association of Hospital Pharmacists met with Department of Health officials late last week to discuss the many implications of the program for pharmacists, including issues of scope of practice, whether or not a pharmacist would be required to administer, resourcing in pharmacy departments to cope with the additional work, training, professional indemnity, and of course payments for the work.
These discussions are ongoing and the Union will report developments as they emerge.
It is important that AHP members know that pharmacy departments are required under the Enterprise Agreement to consult with the Union to discuss the impacts of this proposed change before it can be implemented.
The Union will hold meetings to discuss this proposal with members. Please contact the office to so we can organise a meeting in your hospital.