Exciting new PA training in Queensland

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland branch, is helping to prepare pharmacy assistants for the future of community pharmacy.

The branch has successfully acquired funding as part of the Queensland government’s Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund.

With a focus on “digital disruption and new technologies”, the Modernising Vocational Education project aims to support the pharmacy assistant workforce by identifying skills gaps and delivering training on topics to meet these needs.

Queensland Guild Education and Workplace Relations State Manager Kathy Knack says the training will be offered to 130 experienced and committed pharmacy assistants who currently work in community pharmacy in Queensland.

“This is an exciting opportunity for pharmacy assistants to participate in training that has not previously been offered,” Ms Knack said.

“It is great to see the Queensland government supporting innovative education for pharmacy assistants. This program would usually cost over $500, but has been fully funded by the Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund.

“I would encourage all interested pharmacy assistants to apply and help to shape the future role of community pharmacy assistants.”

May and June – save the dates

The training will be offered as blended learning with two online education modules and a one-day workshop.

The workshops will be held throughout regional and metropolitan locations in Queensland. The topics to be delivered will be The Pharmacy of the Future, The Customer of the Future, Loss and Grief and Elderly Patients in the Pharmacy.

The training workshops will be held on May 7 in Toowoomba; May 15 in Cairns; May 29 in Townsville; June 5 in Brisbane; June 11 on the Gold Coast; and June 18 in Rockhampton.

For more information and to register pharmacy assistants for the training, visit www.guild.org.au/education and sign up for the Retail Pharmacy Assistants emagazine http://eepurl.com/gemTKH