Strategic bedfellows

PSA President Dr Shane Jackson, Pharmacy Guild President George Tambassis, and Guild Executive Director David Quilty
PSA President Dr Shane Jackson, Pharmacy Guild President George Tambassis, and Guild Executive Director David Quilty

Closer relationship between PSA and Guild flagged as leaders call for unity to collaborate on ‘projects of interest’

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson has written a guest column for this fortnight’s issue of the Pharmacy Guild’s Forefront publication.

Dr Jackson says the Pharmacy Guild and PSA have been working “closely together” on a number of CPA programs of interest including the Pain MedsChecks, Healthcare Homes initiative, and digital health including the My Health Record system.

He points out that while the Guild is undertaking its CP2025 planning, the PSA has embarked on its own 10-year vision for the pharmacy profession.

“I am sure there will be similarities in these pieces of work and the two pharmacy organisations will need to align effort to ensure that these views of pharmacy in the future can come to fruition,” writes Dr Jackson.

“At a time of great strain in the healthcare system with rising costs of care, increasing level of chronic disease, an ageing population and numerous reports indicating underutilisation of the role of pharmacists in the healthcare system, it is important that pharmacy organisations endeavour to work together in areas of mutual interest and focus.”

Dr Jackson points out three areas of practice that the PSA’s work is centred on:

  1. Pharmacists practising to full scope of practice – “PSA believes that pharmacists as the medicines experts should have the opportunity to practise to their full scope of practice.”
  2. Pharmacist development – “We must also ensure that the pharmacists are supported to be the best healthcare practitioners they can be.”
  3. Standards of practice – “This is what I call ‘raising the bar’. With responsibility for medicines management, so comes accountability. Our patients expect the services that we provide to them should be delivered to a high quality.”

“The PSA recognises the opportunity that is available to pharmacists within community pharmacy, a recognition that I am sure is held within the Pharmacy Guild,” says Dr Jackson.

“We must embrace this opportunity with both hands. The PSA is focused on developing the capacity and capability of community pharmacists to deliver on the opportunities available.

“I also believe the planning processes that are being undertaken by both the Guild and PSA will afford a future that the pharmacy profession has long been yearning for.”

Read the full column here.

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