Health Minister Greg Hunt with Pharmacy Guild Queensland Branch Committee member Paul Jaffar (Image: Instagram)

How do you calculate the power of Pharmacy Guild of Australia to influence government policy?

One measure could be the $20 million grant -- the largest ever in Australia for pain and pain medicine -- handed to the guild for a trial of pain assessments by pharamacists, supported by Health Minister Greg Hunt.

The grant, which outraged doctors when it was announced in 2018, continues to be criticised by Australia’s leading pain specialist body, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.