Diabetes Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to build a closer working relationship
The MoU is hoped to make it easier for the two to share knowledge and expertise, and develop and deliver better information and services for people with diabetes and those at risk.
The Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, David Quilty, says: “We look forward to working more closely with Diabetes Australia to maximise the contribution of community pharmacy in the national response to this increasingly prevalent disease.
“As vital and accessible members of any health care team, pharmacists have a significant impact on diabetes care and education. In many cases, pharmacists may be in a position to identify people with diabetes, offer advice on their condition, and encourage them to seek appropriate medical care,” Mr Quilty says.
Diabetes Australia CEO, A/Prof Greg Johnson says: “The scale and impact of the diabetes epidemic continues to grow with over 100,000 new people with diabetes in just the past year. We must work smarter to help and support people with diabetes, and partnerships like this provide the opportunity.”
Some of the areas of common interest the Pharmacy Guild and Diabetes Australia have identified include working together in the new Health Care Homes initiative, the Pharmacy Trials Program, jointly advocating for more affordable access to medicines and technology for people with diabetes, and early detection/prevention programs.
“The Pharmacy Guild and Diabetes Australia have also agreed to take a cooperative approach to any future discussions or negotiations with Government about the National Diabetes Services Scheme to ensure that the important roles for Diabetes Australia, its member organisations, the Pharmacy Guild, and community pharmacies are recognised,” says Prof Johnson.