Review of Community Pharmacy Ownership

Closed 8 Dec 2017

Opened 24 Oct 2017


The healthcare environment in Australia is rapidly changing. In line with this the pharmacy sector is undergoing a period of innovation and change. New technologies are affecting how medicines are dispensed, pharmacy business models are evolving, and the range of healthcare services provided by the sector is increasing.

In response to these changes the Department of Health is reviewing the regulations relating to pharmacy ownership to ensure they continue to support community pharmacy in its role as a trusted partner in delivering health services.

The Department of Health wishes to hear from interested parties on matters relevant to the regulation of pharmacies. In particular, the following specific consultation questions are posed.

1. What are the lessons on pharmacy ownership from other States and Territories, and what trends should we be aware of?

2. Are the current WA ownership laws (limiting a pharmacist to owning four pharmacies) sufficient to protect the integrity of the sector in this State?

3. What role can pharmacies play in an integrated health care model in WA, and how does the current pharmacy regulatory model support this?

4. What changes, if any, could the WA Government make to see the pharmacy role in the WA health system protected?

You do not have to comment on all questions.


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