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New projects announced under the Pharmacy Trial Program

Date posted: 3 August 2017

Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has announced two new trials under the Pharmacy Trial Program, which funds a number of trials to improve patient outcomes, and seeks to expand the role of pharmacy in delivering a wider range of primary healthcare services.

One of the trials announced will see a pharmacist working directly as part of a primary care team within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, aiming to overcome barriers that patients may face in accessing medicines. This trial aims to improve patients’ understanding of their medication management needs and will utilise existing relationships with community pharmacies to improve patients’ access to Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) programs.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) have welcomed the announcement of a trial to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations to integrate pharmacists into their services.

NACCHO CEO, Pat Turner, says disparities in the health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians are confronting. 'For too long Aboriginal people have suffered shorter lifespans, been sicker and poorer than the average non-Indigenous Australian, however, highly trained pharmacists have a proven track record in delivering improved health outcomes when integrated into multidisciplinary practices,' she says.

PSA National President, Dr Shane Jackson, said having a culturally responsive pharmacist integrated within an Aboriginal Health Service (AHS) builds better relationships between patients and staff, leading to improved results in chronic disease management and Quality Use of Medicines. 'Integrating a non-dispensing pharmacist in an AHS has the potential to improve medication adherence, reduce chronic disease, reduce medication misadventure and decrease preventable medication-related hospital admissions to deliver significant savings to the health system,' he said.

The Indigenous Medicines Review Service will also be commencing shortly. This project aims to improve medication management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through pharmacist advice and culturally appropriate services.

Source: Australian Journal of Pharmacy


Last updated: 3 August 2017
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