PSA secures hefty three-year grant

PSA National President Joe Demarte (left) and PSA CEO Dr Lance Emerson sign the official peak health body funding agreement.

The member organisation has secured a million-dollar financial boost under the Health Department’s ‘Health Peak and Advisory Bodies’ program

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) will receive $1.24 million in funding between 1 July 2016 and 31 December 2019, according to the Federal Government’s latest Grants Report.

In May the government first announced it was rewarding the PSA with national peak body status.

PSA National President Joe Demarte welcomed the move as a major first for the organisation.

“It’s an historic and important achievement for PSA to be officially awarded funding by the government as the peak national health body for registered pharmacists in Australia,” Demarte said.

“We are exceptionally proud that PSA comprehensively represents all registered pharmacists in Australia – including community, hospital, accredited, industry and military pharmacists as well as pharmacists working in academia.”

Funding is to go towards activities that support national secretariat functions; consultation with members on policy and program issues; information sharing on health policy; and the provision of informed and impartial advice to government.

The National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines program (RUM Project) is also under contract with the government for a three-year grant of more $13 million to be awarded until June 2018, according to the report.

As AJP has previously reported, NatRUM is currently conducting a nationwide audit on medication disposal in pharmacies.

They are also conducting a household survey to estimate the numbers of Australian households who are using the disposal service.

Warwick Plunkett, Chairman of the RUM Project, expressed pride in the ongoing success of the program when funding was first announced, but emphasised the need for pharmacists to be efficient in their collection process to make the best use of government funding.

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