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24 April 2020
CPS guiding principles for pharmacy student clinical education during a global health emergency.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has necessitated rapid changes in both the health education and practice arenas. This has amplified the need to collaborate across the profession of pharmacy and along with other health professions to ensure that pharmacy graduates demonstrate the skills required to provide safe, high quality, and socially accountable access to, and use of, medicines and other health technologies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in an enhanced need for medicines management expertise. This requirement is likely to increase as the situation evolves. The Council of Pharmacy Schools Australia and New Zealand (CPS), comprising
leaders from all the pharmacy education programs in Australia & New Zealand, offers the following principles associated with pharmacy student clinical education to support the COVID-19 pandemic workforce as part of and in parallel to their academic studies.
These principles are in accord with recent recommendations made by the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand, Nursing and Midwifery Board and the AHPRA & National Boards, HPAC and Australian Department of Health and Department of Education, Skills and Development.
The increased stress on the healthcare system and the pharmacy profession during this pandemic period requires contributions from all levels of the profession, from students through to registered professionals and academics. The CPS is dedicated to working through its university leaders in collaboration with placement sites/employers, accreditation and regulatory authorities, and professional bodies to ensure pharmacy students not only successfully complete their studies but also meaningfully contribute to the health workforce during this time of great demand.
Signed for and on behalf of CPS Councillors
Professor Peter J Little AM
President, CPS Inc.
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