Plans for Queensland’s pharmacists


One organisation says it will push to allow pharmacists to administer more routine medicines, such as injectable buprenorphine, insulin or Vitamin B12

The PSA has congratulated the re-elected Labor Palaszczuk Government in Queensland, following the weekend’s election.

The organisation says that it looks forward to working together to improve the health of Queenslanders through supporting the vital role of pharmacists in the state’s healthcare system.

In congratulating the returning government, PSA QLD Branch President Shane MacDonald thanked the Labor party for its commitments to PSA and the broader pharmacy profession prior to the election.

“Leading up to the election the Labor party committed to work with PSA to design and implement a trial of pharmacists practicing to their full scope in North Queensland,” he said.

“PSA has long advocated that current regulatory barriers prevent pharmacists from providing the full range of care that is within their professional scope of practice, skills and training.

“The Labor party also agreed to support PSA to develop an evidence based model for embedding pharmacists in transitions of care across all Queensland Hospital and Health Services.

“Employing transition-of care pharmacists to work with a patient’s care team through outpatient consultations or providing outreach services can reduce medicine harm significantly reducing the burden and cost of care on Queensland’s hospitals.”

The returning Labor party acknowledged the essential role that pharmacists have played in maintaining the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr MacDonald said PSA would work closely with the Labor Government and also advocate to allow pharmacists to administer more routine medicines, such as injectable buprenorphine, insulin or Vitamin B12, to improve Queensland Patients’ management of complex health conditions.

“While the Queensland Government has increased access to immunisations, pharmacists are skilled in administering simple injections and amending some regulations will remove the barrier artificially preventing pharmacists from providing safe, convenient and timely health care to Queenslanders at no cost to the government,” he said.

“Although we applaud the role the Chief Allied Health Officer and the public health units during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will also reiterate the need to appoint a Chief Pharmacist to provide strategic leadership in improving medicine safety for Queensland and drive coordination and rapid implementation of public health measures during emergencies.”

“PSA thank the Palaszczuk Government for these commitments and we look forward to working closely with them over the next four years.”

Guild branch president Trent Twomey also congratulated Labor on the win.

“The ALP recognises the importance and need for community pharmacists to do more in the provision of primary healthcare,” he said.

“The Guild welcomes their ongoing primary healthcare commitment to the people of Queensland.

“Thanks to the ALP Government’s swift health response early in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Queenslanders and their families are in a good position. The Government moved quickly to ensure that no patients went without their medicines during the pandemic.

“Key life-saving regulatory changes occurred this year includes Continued Dispensing – Emergency Measure, the Drug Therapy Protocol – Communicable Disease Program to allow therapeutic substitution and COVID-19 vaccine administration, image-based prescriptions, ePrescriptions and changes to the Queensland Pharmacist Vaccination Standard.

“During the pandemic, the Government also launched the ground-breaking Urinary Tract Infection Pharmacy Pilot – Queensland, to advance women’s healthcare.

“The Pilot will help to reduce 20,000 potentially preventable urinary tract and kidney infections hospitalisations.

“We look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with the Queensland Government as we work towards fully utilising our robust community pharmacy network of 6,000 primary healthcare providers.”

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