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(L-R): Outgoing PSA CEO Lance Emerson, PSA National President Shane Jackson, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon.
(L-R): Outgoing PSA CEO Lance Emerson, PSA National President Shane Jackson, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon.

PSA and AMA leaders have met to discuss collaborative care models to enhance the role of pharmacists

This week PSA National President Shane Jackson and outgoing PSA CEO Lance Emerson met with Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Michael Gannon to discuss pharmacist roles within the broader healthcare system.

“Keen to enhance role of medicines experts in various health settings incl. ACCHOs, RACFs,” said Dr Gannon on Twitter, referring to utilising pharmacists in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and residential aged care facilities.

Dr Gannon also stated his intention to revisit the AMA’s proposal for non-dispensing pharmacists to be embedded within general practice.

The meeting was part of ongoing stakeholder meetings the PSA is having, says Dr Jackson, with the agenda of collaboration within and beyond the profession.

“It’s all about the integration of pharmacists in collaborative care models. We’re trying to articulate how we might be able to do that,” he tells AJP.

“AMA has been supportive of non-dispensing pharmacists in general practice, and what we need to have is a national approach to this.

“There is a clear commitment from them to work collaboratively on this.”

Potential roles include integrating pharmacists within Aboriginal health services – for which the PSA has received funding, says Dr Jackson – as well as in aged care facilities.

“Aged care has also been underdone in pharmacy services.

“AMA President Michael Gannon certainly recognises pharmacists in these models. It’s really positive.”

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