If elected, NSW Labor has vowed to allow pharmacist-administered flu shots for adults to proceed, and to consider extending the vaccinations to incorporate adult
whooping cough and measles.
Opposition Leader, The Hon. Luke Foley MP, said trained pharmacists would be permitted to deliver flu shots for a standard charge to adults aged between 18 to 65 years throughout NSW. All pharmacists would be required to complete a two-day NSW Health accredited training course that includes the management of anaphylaxis.
Mr Foley said the initiative would serve to improve the overall health of the community, minimise doctor visits and hospital admissions and improve the State’s overall economic productivity.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) welcomed NSW Labor’s commitment to implement the regulator changes by June this year, citing similar countries had benefited from permitting pharmacists to administer vaccinations, while other Australian States and Territories had already established a precedent for such.
NSW Minister for Health, The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP reinforced her government’s support in principle, for pharmacist-administered vaccinations, in December last year.
The initiative has met with strong criticism from the Australian Medical Association (AMA), which cited its potential to fragment healthcare, further arguing pharmacies are not set up to record patient’s private medical histories or to manage emergencies.