Minister kicks off trial with blood sugar test


Health Minister Sussan Ley kicked off the Pharmacy Diabetes Screening Trial on Monday by having a HbA1c test in-pharmacy

The long-awaited program was launched at the Amcal Chempro Pharmacy Ashmore, on the Gold Coast.

Pharmacy partner Paul Jaffar told the AJP today that the team is very excited to be a part of the screening trial.

“We’re looking forward to it particularly because it will enable our pharmacy to play an expanded role in primary health care and early intervention when it comes to Type II diabetes.

“The Minister was able to have an HbA1c test performed by our pharmacist yesterday, and it was great to have her at the pharmacy to perform a demonstration of the trial—she’s very supportive of the program.”

Launching the program, Sussan Ley said “extending the role of community pharmacists in primary health care will help more Australians to be tested for type 2 diabetes.

“We see pharmacists playing a critical role with one in two Australians having a chronic health condition and one in five managing two or more.

“GPs and pharmacists and are two key pillars of our primary health care system and a teams-based approach promoting co-ordination among health care professionals will better meet patients’ needs.

“This model keeps GPs at the centre of patient care but allows pharmacists, who have high levels of contact with the community, to identify and refer patients to a GP.”

More than 350 pharmacies across the country will participate in the trial to test the effectiveness of different approaches in diabetes detection.

“Pharmacies are the most accessible health infrastructure in Australia, therefore I think we’re in a unique position to be able to offer this service,” says Jaffar.

“We’re hopeful that this pharmacy trial program will be able to become a program that all pharmacies in Australia can provide, after the trial is completed; and hopeful that other trial programs announced by the Minister will be able to commence soon.”

The AJP can also report that the Health Minister’s screening test did not reveal that she is at risk of diabetes.

Image: Pharmacist Justin Armstrong takes the Minister aside for diabetes screening.

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