Poll: Which will you be?

Vaccination, aged care, general practice? We want to know which professional pharmacist roles you would be interested in pursuing

At PSA19 in Sydney over the weekend, Emeritus Professor Charlie Benrimoj gave a presentation on the opportunities available for community pharmacists within a health hub pharmacy model.

This includes pharmacists branching out into specialisations.

E/Prof Benrimoj shared the top 10 emerging professional roles within community pharmacy.

  1. General Service Pharmacist: For Community Pharmacy Agreement service providers, covering clinical interventions; general, diabetes and pain MedsCheck; Home Medicines Reviews; and additional new programs.
  2. Adherence Pharmacist: Programs for new and continuing medications.
  3. Point of Care Pharmacist: Prevention, wellness programs and detection (point of care testing).
  4. Self-Care Pharmacist: Triage to general practice and emergency departments; minor ailments; pharmacy only products.
  5. Vaccination and Immunisation Pharmacist: Influenza and travel vaccine administration.
  6. Paediatric Pharmacist: Infant care, baby care and mother care.
  7. Aged Care Pharmacist: Ambulatory elderly patients; sessional basis to care centres; and domiciliary visits.
  8. Disease State Management Pharmacist: Diabetes; cardiovascular disease; asthma; mental health; single or co-pathologies.
  9. GP Pharmacist within Community Pharmacy: Sessional basis to GP surgeries.
  10. Medication Safety Pharmacist: Pharmacoepidemiology; data analysis of health records and dispensing data

“Essentially what we’re doing is promoting roles that would have increased health outcomes in people,” E/Prof Benrimoj told AJP.

“The way of picking these roles, what I did was look at where the market would be and more importantly where the trends in primary healthcare are.”

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  1. PeterC

    Pity rural generalist pathway was not included

  2. Debbie Rigby

    I’m disappointed to see only 16% of pharmacists are interested in adherence. Improving adherence to medicines is a fundamental role for pharmacists and one we can make such a difference with. Influencing behaviour change is complex, but clearly beneficial to the patient (and indeed the pharmacy business). Much of my time doing HMRs is spent discussing a patient’s beliefs, attitudes and preferences to their health and medicines. My conversation is usually underpinned by the necessity-concerns framework.

    Why aren’t more pharmacists interested in adherence?

    • pagophilus

      Perhaps because some see efforts to increase adherence as bashing one’s head against a brick wall.

      • Debbie Rigby

        Understand your frustration but perhaps a different approach…like necessity/concerns framework

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