The Pharmacy Guild is vigorously advocating a broader role for community pharmacy in primary health care.
Guild representatives appeared as witnesses at the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health inquiry into chronic disease prevention and management in primary health care.
Our submission to the Committee stressed that equipping all arms of the health system to work in a coordinated way towards common measurable health outcomes is vital to ensure ongoing affordability across the system. Put simply, community pharmacies are the most appropriate and accessible primary providers of health care through
Ideally, we need to see coordinated multidisciplinary teams of health providers working collaboratively in the community setting, in an environment where expanding skills are embraced rather than resisted.
The introduction of Primary Health Networks (PHNs) provides a framework to achieve this. But community pharmacies must be involved in the PHNs’ governance,
Around the world, governments are
Our submission to the Committee outlined a small number of examples in which community pharmacy can play an enhanced role. These included:
Fifty per cent of known adverse medicine events are avoidable, and community pharmacies are in a prime position to reduce avoidable hospital admissions that flow from these events.
An in-pharmacy health check service would assist in early identification of disease risk in order to encourage lifestyle
A structured minor ailments scheme that includes a consumer education campaign to raise awareness of the choices available, together with appropriate remuneration, to provide
The introduction of a community pharmacy-based medicines reconciliation service for patients most at risk of
The Guild’s submission to the Committee complemented other work we are doing on this front, including our input into the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) health reform process.
The current appetite for reform of the health sector provides an unprecedented opportunity to more fully