Post-registration learning trends of community pharmacists

Rhonda Clifford, Pretisha L. Ram, Anneika Lakos, Sajni Gudka, Liza J. Seubert, Carl Schneider, Lesley A.H. Gregory

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Background: Some Australian pharmacists use continuing education to maintain knowledge and acquire new information. There has been a progression from continuing education to continuing professional development (CPD) - a mandatory requirement for pharmacists in all jurisdictions of Australia.

Aim: To identify post-registration learning trends of community pharmacists in Western Australia.

Method: A questionnaire was developed and administered by face-to-face interviews with community pharmacists in metropolitan Perth. Pharmacists registered for less than 12 months and pharmacists working in hospitals were excluded.

Results: 103 pharmacists were approached with a response rate of 95%. Journals (41%), reference books (23%) and the Internet (18%) were the most commonly used educational resources cited by pharmacists. Keeping scientific information up-to-date (39%) and gathering practical knowledge (22%) were the leading motivators for pharmacists to participate in continuing education. Factors that hindered participation in continuing education included lack of time (34%), family commitments (21%) and business commitments (21%). 79% of pharmacists agreed with the concept of mandatory CPD. 47% of pharmacists suggested that the primary sanction for not complying with mandatory CPD should be counselling to determine reasons for non-compliance.

Conclusion: Community pharmacists preferred educational resources that were easily accessible at convenient times. Most pharmacists were able to fulfil the requirements of CPD, however, further educational support and promotion would ensure the successful uptake of CPD by community pharmacists in Western Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-207
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011


Dive into the research topics of 'Post-registration learning trends of community pharmacists'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this