SHPA welcomes gap bridging in Qld budget

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia has congratulated the Queensland State Government on a number of key health initiatives in its 2016 State Health Budget.

SHPA CEO Kristin Michaels says the Budget announced by the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance ServicesCameron Dick contains a number of measures that address the concerns of health consumers and health professionals.

“SHPA is pleased to see that the Queensland Government continues to recognise that bridging the gap between the hospital system and the primary healthcare system is essential for improving the health of Queenslanders,” Michaels says.

“The expansion of the Nurse Navigators program will assist people with complex health conditions to access the right health services after leaving hospital.

“This will build on the groundwork undertaken by hospital pharmacists who liaise with general practitioners and community pharmacies at the point of discharge.”

Jennie O’Hare, Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, and Chair of the SHPA Queensland Branch, says, “The Queensland Government has been forward thinking and taken positive action to tackle fragmentation of health services.

“These breakthrough initiatives will contribute to consumers receiving the right health service for their needs and will take pressure off hospital waiting times,” she says.

“The SHPA Queensland Branch supports continued commitment and funding for inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services and we are available to provide advice and support for these important initiatives,” says O’Hare.

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