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  1. Joanne McMahon
    14/03/2016

    Hi Karalyn,

    Very timely with Close the Gap day this week. Pharmacists are ideally placed to make a significant impact in this space. Historically Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people have had low access to the PBS with much lower per person spend despite their much higher rate of illness. This underspend was even greater in urban & regional areas.

    As pharmacy’s contribution to this day, can we have a call to arms that all pharmacies ensure that they are au fait with the PBS CTG guidelines. Aboriginal people are still being denied access to medicines or being asked to pay full fee. Common misconceptions are that children are not eligible, or that non-chronic medicines are not covered. In some cases Aboriginal people have been told that a pharmacy does not “ do CTG”. This causes confusion and shame “the pharmacist must think I did not deserve it”. We need to ensure that there are no barriers to establishing the important relationships that underpin universal provision of QUM.

    See the PBS website for the 2016 update of the PBS CTG Pharmacy Staff Resource Book http://www.pbs.gov.au/publication/factsheets/closing-the-gap/ctg-pbs-co-payment-measure-pharmacy-staff-resource-booklet-2016.pdf.

    DHS also has Education guide – Closing the Gap – PBS Co-payment Measure.
    See also Lindy Swain’s excellent PSA guide .

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