Accreditation standards for pharmacy courses in Australia: How do we stack up?

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Abstract

In an editorial I wrote for the Journal in 2009, I expressed concern about the proliferation of pharmacy schools in Australia and posed the question: ‘Are the accreditation processes for Australian pharmacy schools effective and able to ensure appropriate quantity and quality of pharmacy schools?’ I believe that the current Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) accreditation standards for pharmacy programs/schools are not appropriate for present and future pharmacy education and practice in this country. I should emphasise that the concerns expressed in this editorial are not related to the recent debate concerning the number of pharmacy graduates. Rather, my concern relates to the APC accreditation standards that I believe are deficient and not in the best long-term interests of Australian health care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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