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25 May 2018 - Updates to our Eligibility Assessment Terms and Conditions
Please note after processing your application, the Assessments Team may send you an email stating “Further Information Required” to decide on your application. You will have 90 days from the date of that email to submit the required documentation described in the email. If you do not submit all the required information or documentation within the stated time, you will be taken to have withdrawn your application, and your application will lapse. Please note if your application lapses, you will need to reapply and commence the application process and pay the relevant fee again. The documents that you submit with your lapsed application will be deleted.


13 April 2018 – Examinations Committee
The EOI for positions on this committee have closed and the following people appointed:

Chair – Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO

Dr Joanna Moullin
Lecturer, Curtin University
Pharmacist with experience in high stakes exams

Dr Julie Stevens
Senior Lecturer, RMIT University
Pharmacist with experience in high stakes exams

Emeritus Prof David Prideaux
Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education
School of Medicine, Flinders University
Director & Chair Assessment Committee Australian Medical Council
Rep from a health related Council with experience in exam & clinical assessment

Prof Jim Tognolini
Director, Educational Measurement and Assessment Hub, University of Sydney
Academic with high standing in educational assessment, stats and psychometrics

Dr Daniel Malone
Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Pharmacy Education, Monash University
Academic with high standing with theoretical knowledge and experience in curriculum development and / or instructional design

Kristy Grady
CPA Program Manager
Experienced exams and/or assessment manager with current knowledge of international computer based examination and assessment delivery

We are looking forward to working with the committee and the contribution they will make to APC


10 October 2017 – APC Invites Submissions for Draft Intern Year Blueprint
The APC invites submissions on the Draft Intern Year Blueprint and we welcome your feedback on this assessment blueprint until 17 November 2017.

The development of the Blueprint was commissioned by the APC to inform the Pharmacy Board of Australia regarding best practice in assessment of competency of intern pharmacists for general registration. The Blueprint is based on the 2016 Competency Standards.

An extensive literature review for international evidence about contemporary assessment methods has been completed and accompanies the draft Blueprint. This publication is available here.
 
Your comments and feedback will contribute to the finalisation of the Blueprint for presentation to the Pharmacy Board of Australia at the end of the year.

Any questions can be directed to Glenys Wilkinson, Executive Director Professional Services, Glenys.Wilkinson@pharmacycouncil.org.au or +61 2 6188 4288.

15 September 2017 - International Pharmaceutical Federation Report
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has released the “Research, development and evaluation strategies for pharmaceutical education and workforce: A global report”. We are proud to have been co-authors of this report. Read the report here.

03 August 2017 - NRAS Accreditation Systems Review

The Accreditation Systems Review by Health Ministers is now well underway, with responses to the Discussion paper now available publicly on the COAG Health Website Our APC response is available here.

We would like to thank all those who took the time to make submissions to this important piece of work. Professor Woods has indicated that a draft report will be made available for comment in September, before he makes his final recommendations to Ministers on the future of health professions accreditation.

09 March 2017 - Australian Pharmacy Council appoints President and Vice President

In February 2017 the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) Council finalised their biennial election process for the positions of President and Vice President.

The Council is pleased to advise Professor Debra Rowett has been re-elected as President and Mrs Sue Kirsa as Vice President.

Professor Nick Shaw did not seek re-election as Vice President, and remains Chair of the APC Accreditation Committee.

28 October 2016 - Intern Written Exam eligibility criteria to change from 1 January 2018

From 1 January 2018, interns wishing to sit the Intern Written Exam will need to have completed 40 per cent of their required approved supervised practice hours by the date of the exam.

The current eligibility requirement is completion of 30 per cent of approved supervised practice hours will remain in place until 31 December 2017.

This decision was made by the Pharmacy Board of Australia in conjunction with the APC. The decision was based on our research and analysis regarding the optimum time for candidates to sit the written exam and is based on data collected by us over a period of five years.

The change in eligibility criteria will ensure interns have sufficient time and experience in their supervised practice to adequately demonstrate their competence.


4 February 2016 - APC releases new exam practice papers

Release of APC Exam Practice Papers 2015
We are pleased to announce the release of two further practice papers for the following APC exams:

- Intern Written Exam
- Competency Assessment of Overseas Pharmacist Exam (CAOP)
Read full media release

15 December 2015 - Changes to Skills Assessment applications

From Friday 1 February 2016 we will no longer be accepting paper-based applications for Skills Assessment. Candidates wishing to apply for a Skills Assessment must do so using our online system.

The first step in submitting an online application is to complete an online eligibility check.

Our online application process is simple and easy to use. Once you have gone through the online eligibility check and created a login you will be able to use the Candidate Portal to upload your documents and pay us directly without possible delays in postal or courier delivery.

Paper-based Skills Assessment applications date stamped by postal services after 31 January 2016 will be returned to Candidates unprocessed.