A multidisciplinary clinic for people living with diabetes is a glimpse into the future of how 21st Century pharmacies will serve their communities, says PSA president Joe Demarte.
Perth Diabetes Care (PDC) at East Victoria Park in Western Australia, established by credentialed diabetes educator and former PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year Teresa Di Franco and her partner, pharmacist Jeffery Au, has just celebrated its first birthday.
“These sorts of innovations are what is required to enable brighter career paths for pharmacists in assisting people in their communities to self-manage their medical condition – in this case diabetes.” Demarte says.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has estimated that one in five Australians live with multiple chronic diseases and 50% of Australian live with at least one chronic disease.
“The best way Australian communities can effectively manage growing levels of chronic disease is by health care professionals collaborating to ensure the best health outcomes for their patients,” says Demarte.
“A year ago Teresa and her partner took a bold step by opening the PDC using a multidisciplinary model. Twelve months later her courage and faith has paid off.
“At a time when pharmacists and pharmacy are under the microscope of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation, the PDC is an excellent example of what pharmacists can do to provide patient-centred care.”
Demarte says that Di Franco, who is also PSA WA President, has a strong personal interest in diabetes that comes from witnessing the problems faced by family members with diabetes.
“Theresa has found what she is passionate about in her pharmacy career and created a vehicle to pursue that passion,” Demarte says.