Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation – Commissioned Research

During negotiations for the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) in 2015 the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia made a commitment to conduct an independent Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation (the Review). A Final Report will be provided to the Minister for Health.

Page last updated: 26 July 2017

Research Commissioned by the Review

To support the Review Panel’s development of its reform options, the Panel commissioned a range of consultancies to provide external expert advice. The Panel considered information provided through these consultancies alongside information provided in written submissions to the Review.

The results of all finalised research commissioned by the Review will be made public, to ensure transparency of the Review’s process.

Further to the reports released earlier with the Review’s Interim Report, additional reports on the qualitative and quantitative research analyses of pharmacy professionals and consumers, the outcomes of the Review’s Pharmacy Financial Survey, and Financial Analysis of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation have now been made available.

Any opinions expressed in the reports below are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Review Panel, the Department of Health or the Government.

Newly released:

Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation - Quantitative and Qualitative Research Findings

This work was undertaken by Hall and Partner’s | Open Mind in conjunction with the Review’s online survey, which was opened following the Discussion Paper last year. These two reports present the detailed quantitative findings of the online survey and a qualitative analysis based on group discussions, in-depth interviews and online forums conducted with ordinary consumers of pharmacy services.

Pharmacy Financial Survey - Research Report

This report summarises findings of the Reviews’ Pharmacy Financial Survey, which was undertaken by Hall and Partner’s | Open Mind from December 2016 to January 2017. Based on the limited response to the survey, these findings are presented as a series of illustrative examples of community pharmacy in different locations across Australia.

Financial Analysis of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation

This report summarises financial analysis and modelling work undertaken by RSM Australia. Based on a range of available data this report examines the level and structure of remuneration for community pharmacy for dispensing medicines under the PBS, the location of pharmacies, prescribers and patients in Australia, as well as analysis of financial costs flowing through the pharmacy supply chain.

Note that certain confidential information has been redacted from this document.

In allowing the Review access to its Guild Digest, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has not disclosed any additional disaggregated data collected in confidence from Digest respondents.

Previously released:

Report on Consumer Consultation on Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation

This work was conducted by Consumers Health Forum of Australia as a targeted consultation of relevant consumer organisations, to identify consumer attitudes, expectations and priorities in relation to the provision of community pharmacy in Australia.

Remuneration and Regulation of Community Pharmacy – Literature Review

This work was undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics and presents an analysis of literature relating to the models in place for the remuneration and regulation of community pharmacies in overseas countries, including a comparative analysis of selected models with current arrangements for pharmacy in Australia.

Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation – Overall Research Findings

This report summarises market research undertaken by Hall & Partners - Open Mind. This work included a qualitative analysis based on group discussions, in-depth interviews and online forums conducted with ordinary consumers of pharmacy services, as well as a quantitative analysis of pharmacy professionals and consumers drawn from responses to the online questionnaire hosted via the Review webpage over August and September 2016.