The Community Pharmacy Industry covers the sale of pharmaceutical goods as well as the provision of healthcare services. The traditional role of community pharmacies is evolving with a strong focus on wellness and prevention, including chronic disease support, treatment of minor ailments, wound care, vaccinations and health risk assessments.
Community Pharmacy in WA Today
As at July 2017 there were 633 registered pharmacies in Western Australia. The community pharmacy workforce is made up of around 60,000 people including pharmacists, interns, specially trained dispensary technicians and pharmacy assistants and the demand for staff continues to be generated by population growth, the health and ageing of the population and new developments in medicine and medications.
Community Pharmacy qualifications are included in the SIR Retail Training Package and provide employees with career pathway opportunities which will help them to secure a future and grow within the community pharmacy sector.
The current qualifications specific to Community Pharmacy are:
Nationally recognised Community Pharmacy qualifications (as at March 2018)
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Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Apprenticeships and traineeships are an excellent way to combine training with a job and gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning a wage.
To access the current list of apprenticeships and traineeships available in Western Australia, visit:
WA Jobs and Skills Centres
Jobs and Skills Centres are a one-stop shop for students, jobseekers, businesses and employers. The Jobs and Skills Centres provide careers, training and employment services at TAFE campuses.
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Vocational Education and Training Qualifications for Secondary Students
The RAPS Skills Advisory Council works with industry and other stakeholders to provide advice on the suitability of qualifications for delivery in schools. The Department of Training and Workforce Development update this advice annually into the ‘VET qualifications register for secondary students’.
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RTO Auspicing Tool for Schools
The auspicing tool has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Training Accreditation Council to assist schools to research and choose a suitable registered training organisation.
Access the current auspicing tool for schools:
Auspicing research tool for schools | Department of Training and Workforce Development