Paper to help with chronic, complex health conditions

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The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has welcomed the release of the discussion paper ‘Better outcomes for people with chronic and complex health conditions through primary health care.’

Releasing the discussion paper today, the Minister for Health Sussan Ley said the Government is committed to finding better ways to care for people with chronic and complex conditions and ensure they receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This is a view wholeheartedly endorsed by the Guild.

“There is an ongoing need for genuine primary health care reform and the Guild welcomes the opportunity to take part in the public consultations to be conducted by the advisory group,” says National President of the Guild, George Tambassis.

“There are over 5,450 community pharmacies in Australia offering a highly skilled network of primary health care professionals providing quality advice and service.

“Community pharmacies exist in well distributed and accessible locations and often operate over extended hours seven days a week in urban, rural and remote areas.

“Millions of Australians – the well and sick – visit community pharmacies, providing an opportunity to engage people along the health spectrum and hard-to-reach populations who do not use other health services, particularly in rural and remote locations,” Tambassis says.

As the discussion paper states: “More sustainable use of health system resources is critically important, since national health care costs continue to grow at a rate faster than the national economy.”

Tambassis says: “The time is right for better and broader use of community pharmacy as a primary health care resource and as part of the wider primary health care team.

The discussion paper has been developed by the Primary health Care Advisory Group, led by former AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton.

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