Enterprising PSA councillor manages to get the PM’s ear to discuss what pharmacy can offer the country
When North Queensland pharmacist Shane MacDonald recently had the opportunity for a chat with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, he didn’t waste it, managing to discuss the potential that pharmacists have within the Australian health system.
Mr MacDonald, a PSA Queensland branch committee member, seized the moment to enlighten Mr Morrison on the PSA’s Pharmacists in 2023 report and what it reveals about how the profession can be better utilised throughout the health system.
He managed to capture the moment, and tweet about the chat.
Tonight talked to @ScottMorrisonMP and @P_Thompson88 about @psa_national #pharmacistsin2023 report and how to better utilise #pharmacists across the country to improve #medicinesafety and improve access to healthcare especially in rural and remote Australia pic.twitter.com/eUMQAaFPEf
— Shane MacDonald (@ShanePMacDonald) April 24, 2019
Mr MacDonald said he met Mr Morrison at a function with his local Liberal National Party candidate (Phillip Thompson), while the PM was paying an election campaign visit to North Queensland.
Speaking to AJP, Mr MacDonald said “we briefly discussed the potential that pharmacists have to help patients across the health sector and how we may be able to unlock this potential by 2023.”
“It was a positive and encouraging encounter and the discussion appeared well received.”