The doubled funding for professional services reflects Government understanding of the greater role pharmacists can have in primary care, says Grant Kardachi, national president of the PSA.
“The $1.26 billion for professional services which is the highest of any agreement and double the amount in the last agreement,” Kardachi told the AJP.
“This new funding will provide scope to continue provision of current services while also developing and implementing new services to improve health outcomes and address challenges in health delivery as we move forward.
“Clearly the increased funding is recognition by the Government and the Minister of the role pharmacists can and should play in health delivery.
“This recognition helps build a foundation for future better utilisation of the skills and knowledge of pharmacists, something PSA has long argued for.
“We need evidence-based services to ensure maximum outcomes for patient and so that tax dollars are targeted and appropriately spent.”
The fact that all programs, current and future, must undergo review by an expert committee will help ensure there is evidence to support their effectiveness, he says.
“The rural and remote, and aboriginal health services, have long been a disadvantaged area of health delivery and the increased focus in 6CPA on addressing these vulnerable communities’ needs is a very positive development.”
He says PSA’s structured working group and good collaboration with the Guild in helping develop areas of the Agreement was reflected in the result of the $1.26 billion allocation for services.