Luke van der Rijt– Southcity Pharmacy, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Luke believes that unless pharmacies move out and seek partnerships and collaboration they will miss out on some great opportunities for their businesses and for their patients.
Luke's pharmacy is a great example of engagement with the broader health care system and community. Working with primary and allied health professionals, Luke has upskilled his pharmacists and the broader health care network in the Riverina.
The Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (PHN) has provided pharmacies in the area with 91 mental health accreditations, five diabetes education scholarships and 24 grants for cancer screening.
“Collaborating with providers and stakeholders gives pharmacy more respect as a health care destination, encourages dialogue and opens eyes to the potential for pharmacy to assist in improving patient outcomes and quality of life."