Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia will be co-signatory to the upcoming Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement
Speaking at a breakfast held at Parliament House in Canberra to launch the PSA’s report into the near future of pharmacy, Mr Hunt said that the Federal Government was looking forward to working with the Society on expanding the role of pharmacists.
Looking forward to 2023, the implementation of an integrated role for pharmacists practising to their full scope is the goal for the Government, Mr Hunt said.
“We will now work with you on these recommendations [outlined in the PSA’s new report], but we’ve already struck a Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement,” he told the PSA.
“And I make this commitment that you will be signatories for the first time to the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement, and that’s the statement today.
“As part of that, what I would like to do is to build into that Agreement the expanded scope of practice, where pharmacy will be involved increasingly in preventive health, whether that’s across the range of activities such as immunisation – although we’ll need the states to agree in each particular case.
“That will mean that ultimately, as we expand the role of pharmacists in preventive health, we will keep more people out of hospital. We will keep more people healthy – and whether it’s diabetes or bowel cancer checks, whether it’s all of these areas, at the end of the day you will help people across Australia save lives and protect lives.”
More to come.