Home' Australian Pharmacist : Australian Pharmacist October 2014 Contents Australian Pharmacist October 2014 I ©Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd. 75
Make the dream of becoming a doctor a reality, earn
your MD at Oceania University of Medicine.
Attractive fee structure for our Graduate Entry Program.
Over 150 students currently enrolled and over 50
graduates in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and USA.
Home-based Pre-Clinical Study under top international
medical school scholars, using world leading Pre-Clinical,
24/7 online delivery techniques.
Clinical Rotations can be performed locally, Interstate or
Receive personalised attention from an Academic Advisor.
OUM Graduates are eligible to sit the AMC exam or NZREX.
OCEANIA UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE
INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED For information visit www.oceaniamed.org or 1300 665 343
Applications now open for courses starting in January & July - No age restrictions
BPharm to MD
inno ative approach
is allowing me
to realise my
Pharmacist from Cairns
Class of 2017
City specialists have gone bush to support primary care health professionals
and their patients.
A regional NSW arthritis project has
reduced waiting periods for specialist
care by 70% and patients' travel time by
The Rural Outreach Project is a
partnership between Arthritis Australia,
Arthritis & Osteoporosis NSW, the
Australian Rheumatology Association
and Janssen, pharmaceutical companies
of Johnson & Johnson. It is designed to
provide local rheumatology services
and medical education to healthcare
professionals and consumers.
Ainslie Cahill, CEO of Arthritis Australia,
said the program's 2013 pilot produced
impressive results, thanks to all
stakeholders working together.
'An independent evaluation confirmed
that our project has made a tangible
difference to people living with arthritis
in the New England Medicare Local
area. The challenge now is to find more
rheumatologists willing to help expand
the program to more rural and remote
communities,' she said.
Results from the New England pilot
• Only 6% of patients now travelled
200kms or more to see a rheumatologist,
compared with 56% previously;
• The proportion of patients waiting
two or more months for their first
appointment was now 20%, down
• About 97% of attendees were either
satisfied or very satisfied with their
treatment at the current rheumatology
clinic. This figure was previously 76%.
One third of the Australian population
lives in rural and remote areas, whilst
only 13% of rheumatologists are based
outside capital cities. The prevalence of
arthritis is highest amongst Australians
living outside the major cities,
particularly for males, Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islanders and those of lower
Ms Cahill said: 'People living with arthritis
in rural areas often have limited access
to specialist care due to geographical
remoteness, significant travel times
and lengthy waiting periods. Funding
for regional projects is important
to help overcome these challenges
and we are pleased to see Janssen's
ongoing commitment to addressing this
Dr Louis McGuigan of the Australian
Rheumatology Association (ARA) was
one of five rheumatologists participating
in the pilot project and supported
Ms Cahill's call for rheumatologists to
'We know that early recognition and
treatment of arthritis, especially its
inflammatory forms, provides the
patient with a better result, but regional
communities face limited services and
delays in diagnosis and treatment.
The Rural Outreach Project is changing
that with recruitment of rheumatologists
willing to travel, as well as the support
provided locally by GPs, pharmacists,
nurses and other local allied health
professionals,' he said.
'Primary care health professionals
continue to be the crucial link in ensuring
their patients receive an early diagnosis
and access to the most appropriate
The Rural Outreach Project was piloted
in Armidale, Tamworth, Moree, Inverell
and Narrabri from June -- December
2013. It was funded by an unrestricted
educational grant from Janssen.
bene ts the
Links Archive Australian Pharmacist September 2014 Australian Pharmacist November 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page