Speaking to the next person in our 14 most influential people in pharmacy campaign, as voted by you
Lead Pharmacist – Rehabilitation Aged and Community Care, Alfred Health
NHMRC Early Career Fellow, Monash University
General practice pharmacist, Emerald Medical Centre
Member, Victorian branch committee, PSA
A pharmacist in both the hospital and general practice settings, Amy Page says it’s almost starting to sound “cliché”, but she hopes to see pharmacists practising everywhere that medicines are being used.
“So, more pharmacists embedded in what are currently non-traditional roles—within general practice, residential aged care… continuing to keep up all the fantastic work that pharmacists are already doing in community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy, but really growing all of the other areas that we can and should be having an influencing within.
“Pharmacy is in a really positive spot at the moment,” she says.
“There’s a lot of momentum and enthusiasm. Particularly with medication safety being announced as a new National Health Priority area, pharmacists are really well positioned to champion that and take a leadership role.”
Dr Page, who holds a PhD specialising in deprescribing in older Australians, primarily looks at older people who use multiple medications to manage multiple chronic conditions.
Her particular interests are in the quality use of medicines and medication safety for those people.
She was also one of the first in Australia to become a general practice pharmacist, beginning in 2015.
“It’s been really positive, it’s a fantastic place for pharmacists to work,” she says.
“I’m the only pharmacist in the team but we have eight GPs and three nurses and a variety of allied health professionals. The opportunity to be part of the interdisciplinary team and discuss things with colleagues is something I really enjoy and value.
“It’s a place I really feel like I can make a difference, and I think it will be a big area for pharmacists in the future.”
Dr Page says she contributes broadly to the profession in variety of ways, such as through her association with the PSA, through her work both at the Alfred Hospital and as a GP practice pharmacist, and particularly through her research.
“I also worked on the Pharmacy Board’s prescribing forum last year and authored two of their documents on prescribing,” she says.
“I co-led the forum with Rhonda Clifford last year for the Pharmacy Board. We organised the forum, wrote the background paper and the report from it.
“So, the contribution to move the profession towards pharmacist prescribing would be the obvious thing I’ve done.
“I’m hoping that we will see pharmacist prescribing rights soon, so it is something I’m very proud to have been involved in,” says Dr Page.