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August 2002 issue Pharmacy Today magazine


The Pharmaceutical Society has accepted the second intake for ENHANCE continuing competence programme.

"Launched last year, ENHANCE formalises registered pharmacists' on-going learning, and demonstrates to our patients that we are maintaining our competence," says manager of professional development and competence, Bronwyn Clark.

Under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance (HPCA) Act, all health professionals will be required to demonstrate competence.

The Society will continue with annual volunteer intakes, until the HPCA is enacted and ENHANCE becomes a mandatory requirement for all pharmacists.

Bronwyn Clark expects non-practising pharmacists will only have to achieve competency in relevant areas, and these areas would be stated on their practising certificate.

For example, a pharmacist working as an academic, would have to meet three out of the seven competence standards - practice pharmacy in a professional manner, apply management and organisational skills, and research and provide information.

On par with last year's numbers, the society has more than 350 volunteers for this year's programme, plus 450 interns (pre-registrants). There will be 17 training evenings, and last year's graduates will act as mentors.


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