Snapshot of hospital pharmacy workforce in Australia

Karen M. O'Leary, Yvonne M. Allinson, Sue W. Kirsa, John K. Jackson, Naomi G. Burgess

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To provide a snapshot of current staff utilisation, a questionnaire was sent to 248 Australian hospitals with an identified hospital pharmacy service. The data returned from 101 hospital pharmacy services provided a snapshot of where hospital pharmacists are currently working, what they spend their time doing, and the role of pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacy support staff in providing hospital pharmacy services. Key findings of the responses from these 101 hospital pharmacy services showed that in 2000-2001: 1. 129.16 of the 929.46 pharmacists establishment full-time equivalent positions (14%) were vacant; 2. one in three hospital pharmacists worked part time; 3. one in three hospital pharmacists had a postgraduate qualification; and 4. on average 41% of pharmacists' time was devoted to clinical services, 39% to distribution services and 16% to management activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2002

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