Pharmacy is keen to engage with the Australian Medical Association’s proposal for non-dispensing pharmacists in General Practice, says Professional Pharmacists Australia, following a survey on the topic.
PPA asked members and supporters what they thought of the proposal and found strong support for it.
This response sends a strong message that locating pharmacists in general practice would be an effective way to deliver better coordination of patient care, improved medication use and prescribing, says PPA.
The survey found that:
- 95% of respondents supported the proposal;
- pharmacists welcomed the opportunity to better use their skills in a general practice environment to improve use and enhance quality prescribing;
- the opportunity to broaden the role of pharmacists and increase job opportunities was seen as a benefit that would flow from the proposal;
- patients and the health system as a whole would benefit from non-dispensing pharmacists in general practice;
- a natural evolution for the profession, following in the footsteps of similar programmes in other jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand; and
- widespread support for models of collaborative health care.
“We cannot just leave these proposals on the policy shelf,” says PPA.
“The benefits that would flow if this proposal were implemented are backed by both evidence and widespread support from employed pharmacists.
“It’s time to make it a reality.”
PPA is suggesting to its members that they tell their colleagues about the proposal for pharmacists in general practice, and write in support of the proposal to their local federal MP.