Future focus at Rural Pharmacy Forum


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The Rural Pharmacy Forum at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference this year will focus on the future of rural pharmacy

It will examine how the changing landscape of health and pharmacy practice in Australia, combined with technological developments, has led to many pharmacists questioning just what lies ahead for this sector of the profession

The forum is being held on Thursday, 9 March, from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and will feature expert speakers including:

  • Justin Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia; and
  • Amanda Baron, Director of Digital Health, Northern Queensland Primary Health Care Network

The Forum will explore the cultural responsive practices required to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients of rural and remote pharmacies. 

The forum will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for community pharmacies, particularly in rural and remote locations and also outline current developments in Primary Health Networks and digital health, specifically the My Health Record opt-out trial, conducted by the North Queensland Primary Health Network.

A highlight of the forum will be an open discussion on rural workforce programs which will examine and discuss the need for the unique circumstances and challenges of working in rural and remote environments to be recognised and for support programs to be aimed at addressing these needs.

The highly successful #iloveruralpharmacy video competition winner will be announced while attendees will have the opportunity to vote during the forum for their favourite video in the People’s Choice section of the competition.

Another feature will be the display of poster presentations of four rural and remote pharmacy case studies.

Chair of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Community Pharmacies for Rural and Indigenous Australia (CPRIA) Advisory Group, Terry Battalis, says the forum is a unique opportunity for pharmacists and staff to learn more about the issues facing rural and remote pharmacies.

“It will give those working in this sector, or those just interested in it, the chance to highlight concerns and also to start looking at ways we can work to face the challenges and maximise the opportunities,” he says.

“It is a great opportunity to network and exchange information.”

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