The Pharmacy Barometer is Australia’s only measure of the confidence of Community Pharmacy.
As the pharmacy environment continues to change rapidly, the Pharmacy Barometer provides the profession with independent qualitative and quantitative research on the perceptions, attitudes, knowledge, experiences and behaviours of community pharmacists as they relate to the future professional practice and business of Community Pharmacy.
The Pharmacy Barometer report is compiled and released annually, with a series of standard questions asked in each survey to examine the change in confidence and behaviours over time. These are supplemented by several questions on the “issue of the day”, providing stakeholders with an insight into both short and long-term concerns.
Report 8: Professional services in community pharmacy on the rise
The 2018 Pharmacy Barometer has found a growing level of optimism in the future of the industry. The report has found an overall increase in community pharmacist’s wages and growing positivity about the change in the landscape of community pharmacy.
The survey was conducted in October 2018 and saw 361 pharmacists respond. This year, UTS Pharmacy focused on the provision of professional services and biosimilar medications, and the level of interaction with pharmacists and local General Medical Practitioners (GPs).
Report 7: Optimism growing in community pharmacy
The most recent Barometer was published in November 2017 (PDF, 1.6MB) and continues to build on the picture created by the preceding six reports. As in previous years, the survey assessed the confidence of pharmacists in their business in the short-term (one year) and medium-term (three years). In addition, the survey explored more focussed topics including pharmacist remuneration, the ongoing delivery of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA); the retail channels used by pharmacies; the potential change of schedule for codeine preparations; the use of biosimilar medications; and collaborations with Primary Health Care (PNC) networks. The survey was conducted in September 2017, with 360 pharmacists responding, drawn from the QuintilesIMS panel. It features expert commentary from Head of UTS’s Graduate School of Health, Professor Charlie Benrimoj; Adjunct Professor John Montgomery, CEO of Montrose Pharma Pty Ltd; Director and Past-President of Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Warwick Plunkett; and Commonwealth Bank’s National Head of Healthcare, Business and Private Banking, Cameron Ziebell.
Report 6: Growth in professional services despite neutral confidence
Read the October 2016 Community Pharmacy Barometer Report (PDF, 4MB) which focuses on the effects of the 6CPA 12 months on, the King Review and Pharmacist/GP collaboration. It features expert commentary from Professor Charlie Benrimoj, Adjunct Professor John Montgomery, PSA Director Warwick Plunkett, and Bankwest Business State Manager NSW/ACT Mario Saia.
Report 5: Community pharmacy confidence has substantially improved
Report 4: Signing of the 6CPA
Read the October 2014 Pharmacy Barometer Report (PDF, 2MB) which focuses on signing of the 6CPA.
Report 3: Minor Ailments and S3 Advertising
Read the November 2013 Pharmacy Barometer Report (PDF, 2MB) which focuses on Minor Ailments and S3.
Report 2: Professional Services
Read the current October 2012 UTS Pharmacy Barometer Report (PDF, 1.7MB) which focuses on opportunities for pharmacy in remunerated professional services.
Report 1: Price Disclosure
Read the April 2012 UTS Pharmacy Barometer Report (PDF, 1.6MB) which focuses on the introduction of price disclosure.