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Pharmacist-delivered vaccinations to boost public health in Victoria

17 May, 2016

The Victorian Branches of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and Pharmacy Guild of Australia have welcomed the Victorian Government’s approval of pharmacist-delivered vaccinations, providing a major public health boost for the State.

The regulatory process has now completed in Victoria allowing pharmacist vaccinations, which brings Victoria into line with all other Australian States and Territories to give approval for immunisation by pharmacists.

The new regulations in Victoria will enable pharmacists to administer influenza and pertussis-containing vaccines to adults at approved pharmacy premises, including those who qualify for the National Immunisation program and the Victorian Government Parent's Whooping Cough Vaccination program.

PSA Victoria Branch President Ben Marchant applauded the Victorian Government's decision, saying the amended legislation will enable pharmacist-delivered vaccinations to provide important healthcare benefits to local communities across the State.

"Pharmacist-delivered immunisation is a positive public health service and helps to vaccinate members of the community, including those with chronic conditions, who previously would not have been vaccinated," Marchant said

"Pharmacists also play an important role in promoting immunisation and reducing the impact of vaccine-preventable disease in the community.  We sincerely thank the Victorian Government and health authorities for their support as part of achieving this important public health outcome."

Pharmacy Guild of Australia Victorian Branch President Anthony Tassone said: "Community pharmacies are one of the most visited and accessible primary healthcare destinations in Australia."

"It makes sense that we better utilise the community pharmacy network to help deliver quality health outcomes for Victorians," Tassone said.

"The PSA and the Guild look forward to working closely with the Minister and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to implement this and other vital health initiatives through community pharmacy in the future."

Pharmacists are required to undergo an approved training program to administer vaccinations in Victoria.  The two pharmacy organisations are working together with the Victorian Government to have the workforce ready for mid-2016 for this development in pharmacy practice.

The Victorian PSA and Guild Branches look forward to continuing to work with the Victorian Government and authorities to ensure pharmacists can provide this important public health program and as a means of managing an individual's health.

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