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Responding to the Recent Australian Newspaper Article from a Pharmacy Perspective

Andrew Bryant
From a Recent Graduate Perspective

Issue 77: November 2008
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There has been a recent outcry among the medical community in this nation regarding the excessive number of medical graduates that are going to finish medical school.
Medical graduates are in a serious position of being left jobless after years of study.
This has led the Australian Medical Students Association to gather significant support to change the current training system.
Along with this change, international students would no longer be able to obtain internships position ahead of domestic students.
Medical student associations and various other groups together with the Government will be sitting down and solving the problems that threaten their future and the future of the Australian healthcare system.
Medical students are being reassured that all domestic graduates of Australian medical schools will have future employment.


The profession of pharmacy is going through the exact same problem; however students and graduate concerns are ignored or are left unknown.
This nation’s best and brightness students competed to get into these courses yet pharmacy graduates and pharmacists are basically excluded from any voice at all.
Pharmacy student organisations have done little to help their fellow students in our time of need – are they only there to build their resumes?
There is an excessive number of pharmacy students graduating from our pharmacy schools yet those without obtaining a position are left jobless, after years of studying.

International students are continuing to take internships from domestic students and account for a significant number of graduates.
This leaves pharmacy interns and recent graduates left to suffer from market forces of reduced wages, reduced job opportunities and a lack of viability of staying in their career of choice – especially when this glut of graduates become registered pharmacists.

It is difficult to go anywhere where a pharmacy graduate or pharmacist must be forced to go into debt or simply cannot afford to live.
Pharmacy organisations are so intertwined that any real change is impossible
.
The society (PSA) is just basically an education centre, while the guild (PGA) is a union only for the thousand of community pharmacy proprietors across Australia.
The Guild is the real voice of pharmacy in Australia, but what about pharmacists, especially non owners?

The medical community have a large and powerful voice when it came to defending their profession.
I have to regret that unlike nursing we were not a traditional feminised work force.
Nurses unionised and professionalised their workforce.
If nurses have their work conditions or salary threatened by lower standards they are in a position to collectively react and stand up for their rights.

Both doctors and nurses are in a position to strike and bargain for better conditions.
I cannot see pharmacy graduates and pharmacists being able to be in a position to collectively stand up for their rights and conditions.
Internships are hard even to obtain and are now being completed for free in some positions, wages of internships have decreased with some employers not even offering the award wage, work conditions and standards for some employees are below par and most jobs are not even on contact.

Most people are just thankful for the job that they have and keep it whatever the conditions.

IF PHARMACY PROPRIETORS ARE TO BE THE STAKEHOLDERS THEN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES ARE OBLIGED TO A SOCIAL CONTACT FOR NON PROPRIETOR PHARMACISTS TO ENSURE A VIABLE WORKPLACE.
I HARDLY THINK THAT THE UNIVERSITIES EVEN CARE OR THAT THE SITUATION WILL CHANGE!

Like the five stages of death I like many others have accepted that this will be the future of the Australian pharmacy work place.
This is shameful.

 

Andrew Bryant

Follow the link below for the report published in The Australian
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24490675-12332,00.html

 

 


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