Community pharmacies are a vital part of our national health system with the potential to make an even bigger contribution to the health of all Australians.
The highly accessible national network of pharmacies is ideally placed, with the skills and public support to play an enhanced role in primary health care. This is a common sense evolution of community pharmacy which will help deliver better and more cost-effective health outcomes. This document sets out some of the country’s health challenges, what pharmacies are doing now and what more they can do in the future as part of a more integrated and patient-focussed approach to health care.
It also gives a snapshot of some of the ways pharmacies are being effectively utilised around the world in countries comparable to Australia. We want all Australians to enjoy the benefits of their pharmacies providing an expanded array of high quality health services – and we are urging opinion leaders and decision makers to join us in taking forward this exciting opportunity.