A comprehensive new education program and value-adding resources to support pharmacists working in general practice have been launched by the PSA.
PSA National President Joe Demarte says as the single largest provider of education for pharmacists in Australia, PSA has developed the education program called the General Practice Pharmacist Fundamentals.
“The innovative, online course will provide expert guidance to pharmacists interested in this important area of practice,” Demarte says.
“The course is backed by a suite of practice tools to help pharmacists tailor their services to the needs of the local community. These evidence-based tools have been developed by experts in the field, peer-reviewed and tested by pharmacists already working in general practice.
“Liaison with local community pharmacies also features in the adaptable position description, and there is information for all practice staff on the services these pharmacies can provide.”
Demarte says he is delighted the new tools and resources more than meet the identified needs of pharmacists working in general practice, as recommended in the UTS evaluation of a recent pilot project at WentWest Primary Health Network.
“PSA has been leading this exciting professional development and is happy to see many years of advocacy and positive stakeholder relationships culminate in a collaborative model of care that has widespread support across Australia’s healthcare community,” Demarte says.
He says while PSA strongly supports Australia’s community pharmacy network, the organisation believes the GP-pharmacist model will enhance integration of pharmacists and community pharmacies within the primary healthcare setting.
“PSA strongly believes that a viable and robust community pharmacy network is necessary to achieve quality use of medicines for consumers, but quality healthcare does not happen in isolation,” Demarte says.
“A flexible GP-pharmacist model will enhance integration of pharmacists and community pharmacies within the primary healthcare setting to ensure alignment and better coordination of services.
“This model is all about optimising the contribution of pharmacists and pharmacies, for the benefit of consumers.”