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A National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Doherty Institute, Melbourne, Vic. 3000, Australia. e-mail:;; C University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Melbourne, Vic. 3010, Australia. E-mail: F Royal Hospital Melbourne, Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Melbourne, Vic. 3050, Australia. D Eastern Health, Pharmacy Department, Box Hill, Vic. 3128, Australia. e-mail:; G Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Department of Infectious Diseases, Melbourne, Vic. 3000, Australia.

The role of pharmacists in antimicrobial incubation (AMS) programs in the hospital is recognized to improve patient safety and quality of care. Nevertheless, many Australian hospitals are finding it difficult to provide appropriate ams programs for pharmacies and need to explore newer supply models. The Pharmacy Board of Australia`s drug licensing guidelines allow qualified, competent and experienced pharmaceutical technicians to assist pharmacists in “pharmacy department tasks.” The pharmaceutical technician`s workforce is growing and interest in professional development and the expansion of the role of pharmaceutical technician is growing. We propose that the Pharmacy Technician, a well-integrated member of many Australian hospital pharmacy services, can play an important role in hospital AMS programs. To support AMS initiatives in Australian hospitals, this paper examines the knowledge available to pharmacy technicians in AMS programs and describes how to better support this role in Australia. E Monash University, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Parkville, Vic. 3052, Australia. B Monash Health, Pharmacy Department, Clayton, Vic. 3168, Australia.