PSA welcomes GP statement on non-dispensing pharmacists


The PSA has welcomed a statement from United General Practice Australia expressing its in-principle support for non-dispensing pharmacists to work in general practice as part of a GP led team.

Members of UGPA said pharmacists should be welcomed into GP-led teams to support the delivery of healthcare services and improve patient outcomes.

Non-dispensing pharmacists in general practice can assist GPs in a range of areas including medication management, educating patients about medications and supporting GPs to prescribe by providing advice on medication interactions and newly available medications, UGPA says.

National President of the PSA, Joe Demarte, says PSA has for some time been working collaboratively with the Australian Medical Association and RACGP to develop a model to support a more integrated role for pharmacists to work in GP practices as part of the primary care team.

“This in-principle support from UGPA is significant as it includes a wide range of general practice organisations,” Demarte says.

“UGPA in its statement reflects PSA view on some of the benefits of this model.

“UGPA has acknowledged that ‘incorporating non-dispensing pharmacists as part of the general practice team has the potential to improve prescribing and the use of medicines, reduce hospital admissions from adverse drug events, and deliver better health outcomes for patients’.

“This team care approach is particularly important at time when the ageing population and increasing chronic disease are putting added pressures on the healthcare system,” says Demarte.

“This PSA model for pharmacists to be integrated into GP practices is a genuinely collaborative model of care and represents an exciting step for the medical profession, for pharmacists and, most importantly, for patients.”

PSA is holding a forum in Sydney on Monday 24 August to further discuss and workshop this area of practice. The PSA is working to see how this model can be applied to developing models of health care, for example through the primary health network.

“Those attending will hear from Australian experts in this area, including a pharmacist working in GP clinic Dr Chris Freeman, GPs, and international expert Ravi Sharma from the UK,” Demarte says.

Details of the forum can be found here.

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