Pharmacy Guild of Australia was established in 1928, bringing together several small retail pharmacy organisations then operating in the various States. The Guild is registered under the federal Workplace Relations Act 1996 as an employers' organisation. Its members are owners of some 4,500 pharmacies throughout Australia. A major Guild activity at all levels is close liaison and negotiation with governments, manufacturers, wholesalers and other organisations in or around the health care delivery system.
Application Form for Guild Membership - Associate Pharmacy Student
APESMA can give professional advice about applying for jobs, the job market, conditions of employment and what is expected of you in the workplace. Student Members also get regular email newsletters, opportunities to attend relevant seminars, discounts on a wide range of products and services, opportunities for sponsorship of student clubs, and much more. Visit the Benefits & Services page for more information or apply online.
In the past we offered free student membership of APESMA and encourage these members to upgrade their membership. This will provide you with access to a greater range of APESMA services. Apply today.
SHPA is the only professional pharmacy organisation with an especially
strong base of members practising in hospitals and other facilities.
SHPA specialises in advocacy for the professional interests of hospital
pharmacists and technicians, as well as those delivering a full range
of professional pharmacy services across the entire health system.
Pharmacy students and interns may become SHPA members. More information on student membership can be found here (*.pdf 3.2MB) and membership benefits here. Membership can be completed on the above form and posted or faxed with payment. Online student membership is also available. Undergraduate student membership is $88 for one year, a significant discount on the regular member price!
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the national professional organisation for pharmacists in Australia. PSA was established by the state professional pharmaceutical societies in 1977, some of which had been in existence for over 100 years. The establishment of PSA provided the profession not only with a national identity, but an opportunity to more effectively regulate its affairs, to achieve better coordination in consultation and liaison with the Commonwealth Government, other professions and industry.
The society is the leading advocacy organisation for pharmacists, influencing attitudes, opinions and policies through representation, networking, consultation, continuing education, practice support, standards, guidelines and a range of publications and health promoting programs and resources.
A special discounted rate of $85 membership is available for students and the benefits include:
Pharmaceutical Defense Limited (PDL) is the oldest and largest national pharmaceutical organisation in Australia. PDL is a company owned by pharmacists and much of its surpluses are reinvested in pharmacy practice by support educational events nationally and locally to the value of about $650,000 annually.
While the various State Pharmaceutical Societies were formed earlier, it was soon realised that there was a need for specialised professional indemnity insurance for the pharmacy profession and so PDL was formed and now has a membership of around 13,500.
Our other major activity is professional support for pharmacists who may have made an error or need help in problems associated with pharmacy practice.
95% of the Pharmacists of Australia choose PDL. Our history of being able to settle most claims promptly and discreetly avoiding publicity is an obvious factor, but the $20 million cover at a remarkably low premium must be an obvious attraction.