Pain a focus at TWC Masterclass

Joyce McSwan presents at the TWC Masterclass. Image: Chris Campbell via Twitter
Joyce McSwan presents at the TWC Masterclass. Image: Chris Campbell via Twitter

In in-depth discussion on managing chronic pain was a highlight of the TerryWhite Chemmart fourth annual Masterclass

More than 400 pharmacists and pharmacy professionals from across the TerryWhite Chemmart network attended the three-day Masterclass.

“With one in five Australians living with chronic pain, it’s important that we continue to look at ways we can improve their quality of life,” said TerryWhite Chemmart CEO Anthony White.

“We know that patients who actively engage in self-management techniques report lower levels of pain-related disability as well as improvements in mood, better general health and a reduced use of medicines.

“Masterclass gave us the opportunity to have an incredibly insightful discussion around current pain management strategies and look for ways that we as pharmacists can provide better support for our customers.”

Mr White said another highlight of the event was the address by Health Minister Greg Hunt, who outlined his vision for the sector and pointed out ways pharmacists and government can better collaborate to improve health outcomes.

Mr Hunt told delegates that the Government planned to respond to the King Review within a month, and that the response would be “fairly conservative”.

“My basic approach has been to provide security for the current model and not to sort of disrupt pharmacy as it currently stands.”

Mr Hunt also flagged a solution to the cash flow problems caused by high-cost drugs, and said he supported pharmacists around the country having access to NIP vaccines.

“Our delegates valued the opportunity to hear Mr Hunt outline his vision for the healthcare sector,” Mr White said.

“The Minister spoke passionately about his commitment to pharmacy and acknowledged the increasing role pharmacists play in providing primary health care.

“It is really important that we take the ongoing development of the teams in the pharmacies to the next level so we can build deeper capability across the network and continue to grow professionally and push the boundaries and we certainly couldn’t do this without the support we receive from our suppliers and the industry at large.” Mr White said.

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