The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PharmBA) and the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) invite all pharmacists, interns and interested stakeholders to provide comment on proposed new assessment tools for pharmacy interns.

During the internship year, the supervising pharmacist or preceptor is expected to ‘assess and provide feedback on the knowledge, skills and performance of the intern so that experiences can be built upon and difficulties identified and remediated’ (PharmBA, 2021).

Recognising a need for improvement in this area, APC began working closely with PharmBA and subject matter experts to develop an initial suite of tools based on methods recommended in the Intern Year Blueprint. These structured assessment tools aim to:

  • support intern learning and reflective practice
  • help preceptors provide better feedback to interns
  • improve interaction and time spent between preceptors and interns to support intern learning.

Supporting preceptors and interns throughout this challenging period will ensure that interns are achieving the performance outcomes necessary for general registration.

Please contribute to this important work by providing your feedback on the proposed intern assessment tools.

Preceptors, supervising pharmacists, and interns joined our consultative workshop in Melbourne on Saturday 22 May to provide their feedback.

"The day for us was very informative and the feedback will assist us to develop tools that will be workable for interns, supervising pharmacists and preceptors. We appreciate the robust engagement of those present and their very astute appraisals of the draft tools," said APC Executive Director Professional Services, Glenys Wilkinson.

Ms Wilkinson says they look forward to holding our second workshop in Canberra on Saturday 29 May 2021.



Later this year, APC will pilot the tools in hospital and community pharmacies in the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia.

The APC thanks all pharmacists and interns who submitted an expression of interest to participate in the workshops and pilot testing.

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like further information, please email APC's projects team at projects@pharmacycouncil.org.au or call on 02 6188 4288 between 9am and 5pm AEST.

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