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Four leading Australian schools of Pharmacy have formed the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE) to actively support the ongoing advancement of the pharmacy profession as a key contributor to the healthcare team.

The founding members of NAPE - Monash University, the University of QueenslandUniversity of South Australia and the University of Sydney - are at the forefront of undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education and research in Australia.

Pharmacy in Australia is facing challenges in terms of models of practice, new providers of education, national registration, compulsory continuing professional development, and a potential oversupply of graduates in some metropolitan areas.

NAPE has been formed to provide leadership in both undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy education. The alliance views high quality, research-informed education as essential to supporting the advancement and future positioning of the profession in healthcare. NAPE anticipates a future landscape for pharmacists which includes such areas as demonstration of competencies, credentialing, prescribing, and new advanced models of practice. NAPE believes that ready access to cutting edge university postgraduate award courses, including intern training programs, is crucial for pharmacists if they are to contribute effectively to health care delivery in Australia.

NAPE seeks to work closely with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and other key stakeholders in the pharmacy profession including The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

The sharing of expertise and knowledge between NAPE's members enables the delivery of high quality, dynamic award courses taught by experienced educators and practitioners- all in support of the on-going advancement of the pharmacy profession.

The Dean of Monash University's Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Bill Charman, said the alliance will provide a collaborative national voice in pharmacy education and members will work closely together to advance both undergraduate and postgraduate education for pharmacists in Australia.

The formation of NAPE will leverage the expertise, experience and resources of this alliance of leading pharmacy schools to offer high quality, accessible and relevant opportunities for postgraduate development, achievement of professional excellence and career advancement

Read more about the NAPE Pharmacy Intern Program