$22b health commitment lauded

Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia CEO Kristin Michaels, has congratulated the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, for delivering a record $22 billion commitment to healthcare and hospitals in the 2016-17 Budget.

“SHPA is pleased to see a record $10 billion investment, over ten years, in hospital infrastructure and capital works,” says Michaels.

“This level of investment is necessary to ensure healthcare services and operation of health facilities can meet consumer expectations.

“The continued commitment for inpatient services to the tune of $9.2 billion in 2016-17 will be seen as a vote of confidence in all members of the healthcare team, including hospital pharmacists.

“Minister Skinner has announced that up to 900 extra healthcare professionals will be employed.

“We are hopeful that this will result in more hospital pharmacists delivering services to patients at the bedside, because this is a proven way of reducing risks associated with mismanagement of medicines.” Michaels says

Russell Levy, Director of Pharmacy at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Chair of the SHPA NSW Branch, says, “The SHPA NSW Branch is grateful for the continued commitment and funding for inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services.

“In particular, we acknowledge the value of continuing the Tier 2 Non-admitted service 40.04 – the outpatient clinical pharmacy service – so that patients in NSW can access a treatment and service that is tailored to their needs.”

Levy says the $20 million for integrated care announced in the NSW Health Budget is another welcome commitment.

“The NSW Government has been forward thinking and taken positive action to tackle fragmentation of health services,” he says.

“We are particularly pleased  to see the NSW Government is considering how existing services will slot in with the Federal Government’s Health Care Homes initiative and work done by Primary Health Networks to provide seamless transitions of care.”

SHPA is currently undertaking two major projects: the National Translational Research Collaborative (NTRC) project which aims to link practitioners and researchers together to translate research into practice, and the SHPA Residency Program, a structured national training program for early-career pharmacists.

“The NSW Government has clearly identified supporting the training of health professionals and building research capacity as a key Budget commitment,” says Michaels.

“SHPA looks forward to engaging with the NSW Government and exploring how our NTRC and Residency projects can help achieve their goals.”

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