The number of hours a pharmacist can work is increasing.
It’s now the norm, and some employers are pushing their staff to the limit.
Pharmacist salaries are set by the State Pharmacy Supervision Agency, and are based on the number of pharmacies you have in your area.
There are no hard and fast rules for what counts as a “primary pharmacy”, but it can be a pharmacy that is a wholesale or retail pharmacy and a general pharmacy.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia estimates there are about 100,000 primary pharmacies in Australia, with most in the northern and southern states.
This means some pharmacies are set to lose some hours, and that’s what the Pharmacy Council of Australia wants to change.
It says the average time a pharmist has to work is about 40 hours a year, with some working over 40 hours.
The council says pharmacists are expected to be flexible in working, but if they can’t make ends meet it would put a strain on their employer’s budget.
So we want to make sure that the pharmacist who’s been working for you for 20 years, you know, for the past 20 years doesn’t lose that.
It’s also a concern that some employers don’t want to take on new staff.
If a pharmacean’s hours go up, it means the pharmacy won’t be able to offer the same service as they were before, or it could even reduce its hours.
“What I think the community needs to recognise is that pharmacy hours have increased,” said Katherine Anderson, the Pharmacists Association of Australia president.
“They’re more available, they’re more flexible and they’re better paid than they were 20 years ago.”
The Pharmacists Council of NSW says pharmacist hours are on the rise because of the rising cost of living.
It said the number is a consequence of the increasing number of people who are in and out of hospital.
Pharmacy workers have to be able, and willing, to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
And it’s not just about pay.
Pharmacists have to meet standards of quality and efficiency and to be on time.
So there’s a big impact on your wallet.
“We’ve got to get pharmacist time to be as good as it possibly can be in order to support people in their careers and our communities,” said Ms Anderson.
She said the Pharmacies Council of Queensland estimates pharmacists make between $12,000 and $15,000 a year.
But she said some pharmacists don’t get paid.
Some have to get overtime to support their families, which is a major concern for those in the community.
They also have to consider their personal lives and family life, which can include a lot of travel.
The Council of Australian Pharmacists is working with the Pharmacist Council of Victoria and the Pharmaceutics Council of South Australia to make pharmacy hours more flexible for pharmacists across the state.
We are also in discussion with the Australian Pharmacy Association to find ways to make pharmacists more flexible so that we can provide them with the opportunity to do the same.
“The Pharmacist Club of Victoria says its members have worked hard and saved enough to buy a house and pay their bills.
It supports the Pharmacare Community Foundation and its Pharmacy Clubs, which offer more than $20 million for community support.”
The biggest concern we have is people losing hours because of an employer, and it’s just unacceptable,” said Pharmacy Club of Vic president Gary Jones.
And it worries some pharmacians.”
It’s really hard to manage your finances,” he said.
A pharmacist’s primary responsibilities include running the pharmacy, filling prescriptions and ensuring that patients get the best care.
You can find out more about pharmacists in your local community by calling 1800 646 522 or visiting the Pharmaces Club of Australia website.
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