In the lead-up to the NSW election, the NSW Branch of the PSA has presented a range of policy proposals to reinforce the skills, knowledge and experience that pharmacists have to deliver better health outcomes for NSW in a way it says makes economic sense.
NSW Branch President of the PSA, Dr Stephen Carter, says the proposals have grown from the policy and program ideas put forward by PSA members throughout NSW.
“They have been rigorously tested against available Australian and international research to deliver practical and economically sustainable health benefits,” Dr Carter says.
“There are more than 8,000 pharmacists in NSW; a growing and diverse workforce that is accessible, highly skilled and knowledgeable in the Quality Use of Medicines, and flexible to adapt to new professional opportunities that support the delivery of better healthcare in NSW.”
Dr Carter says the proposals specifically covered the areas of a NSW medicinal cannabis program, community liaison pharmacists, medication and mental illness, pharmacy immunisers, electronic recording and reporting of controlled drugs (eRRCD), and pharmacy ownership.
“Community pharmacy is one of Australia’s great public-private-partnerships, delivering health services to the NSW population in an economically sustainable and patient-centred way from over 1,900 community pharmacies,” he says.
“These policy proposals reinforce the skills, knowledge and experience that pharmacists have to deliver better health outcomes for NSW in a way that makes economic sense.”
- Deliver economic benefits to a tight health budget, making up to $12 million available to reinvest elsewhere in the health system.
- Build patient-centred health services to reduce the 71,000 annual medication-related admissions to NSW hospitals, relieving pressure on emergency departments and improving mental health outcomes.
- Equip and educate pharmacists and the community on eRRCD and Quality Use of Medicines, reducing medication misuse and associated hospitalisations.
- Plan a compassionate, patient-centred program in the community setting for the medicinal use of cannabis.
- Realise public health benefits through the accessibility, knowledge and skills of a growing NSW pharmacist workforce who are ready to deliver vaccinations.