The director of the TAFE Business Faculty, Helyn Davidson (left), with project officer from Service Skills Australia Karen Banks and TAFE Pharmacy teacher Linda Johnston.
The director of the TAFE Business Faculty, Helyn Davidson (left), with project officer from Service Skills Australia Karen Banks and TAFE Pharmacy teacher Linda Johnston.

TAFE to improve pharmacy skills

PHARMACY industry representatives, trainers and assessors have gathered at North Coast TAFE’s Coffs Harbour Education Campus to learn about current developments and provide input into a continuous improvement project, reviewing community pharmacy qualifications and training.

The forum was co-ordinated by TAFE Community Pharmacy teacher Linda Johnston.

“Delegates from a number of pharmacies in Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore and Port Macquarie were able to meet with representatives from Industry Skills Australia and Industry Training Advisory Board (ITAB),” Ms Johnston said.

“Discussions included current trends in skills development, the impacts of technology and changing expectations of job roles in the community pharmacy industry.”

The project officer with Industry Skills Australia, Karen Banks, was another key speaker.

“The improvement project will focus on the community pharmacy qualification and the skills described in the training package which forms the basis for nationally recognised community pharmacy training in Australia, including courses delivered by TAFE and other training providers,” Ms Banks said.

TAFE Pharmacy teacher Linda Johnston found the day invaluable.

“Regional pharmacy managers were able to provide feedback on the drafts of the new training package for community pharmacy in the Vocational Education (VET) system,” she said.



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