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An innovative research funding model driven by a young South
Australian pharmacist may hold the key to reducing fragmentation in the
CPIE Pharmacy Services (CPIE) and
Flinders University's Medical Device
Research Institute (MDRI) have secured
a grant for $500,000 from the South
Australian Government to improve
the Hospital in the Home (HITH)
Service. This service aims to deliver
treatments such as chemotherapy,
antibiotics, postoperative pain relief
and chronic pain medication to
patients in their home using a variety of
The grant, awarded by the Premier's
Research and Industry Fund
Collaboration Pathways Program,
will bring together allied health
professionals. The aim is to encourage
the continuity of care vital for a smooth
transition from patient care to recovery.
Andrew Sluggett, a young pharmacist
on a mission to improve the future of
health, played a vital role in helping
to secure the grant and will work
collaboratively with multiple partners,
including project leader Professor Karen
Reynolds (MDRI Director).
The grant supports the research and
design of a new drug delivery system
to enhance efficiency and safety, with
the ultimate aim of improving services.
This is timely as there is a growing need
to meet the demands of an ageing
population and improve patient care
within the community.
The research goal is to see hospital
treatments delivered on a community
level, increasing efficiencies in the
community and supporting community
needs. The project will have input from
CPIE Pharmacy Services, The University
of South Australia, SA Health and the
Royal Adelaide Hospital, with each
partner bringing different expertise.
The project stems from a previous
collaboration between CPIE Pharmacy
Services and Flinders University. In 2012,
the Medical Device Partnering Program
(MDPP) at Flinders University, funded
by the State Government, undertook
a 250-hour research and development
project for CPIE to evaluate infusion
technologies. The project encouraged
the development of a relationship
between CPIE, researchers from Flinders
University and the MDRI that led them
to collaborate and ultimately receive the
Collaboration Pathway grant.
'As well as our pharmacy's commitment
to the HITH service, we are also
working on a side project to pursue the
development of an integrated model
of patient care through our integrated
private hospital, general practice,
and community pharmacy service,'
Andrew told Australian Pharmacist.
'We aim to link the patient's journey
(transitions of care) between the private
hospital admission, visit to the GP,
and back to the community, with the
pharmacist playing an integral role in
PSA National President Grant Kardachi
said the HITH Service would help
eliminate the silo mentality which
could present a long-term threat to the
healthcare professions and ultimately
'Recognising and addressing the
community needs will allow for improved,
streamlined services that can operate
outside of the hospital environment.
This will in the end aim to reduce hospital
waits and ease the burden of patients
requiring services and treatments.'
Mr Kardachi said.
Mr Kardachi sees great promise in
'This is an innovative initiative to ease
pressure on hospitals and the community
and by focussing on having more services
delivered at the community level it helps to
ease the overall healthcare burden,' he said.
Mr Kardachi cautioned, however, that to
be successful, such programs needed
'The challenge lies in funding and
whether it is funded on the community
level or there is some other funding
method to ensure its sustainability in the
long term,' he said.
Challenges are what appear to keep
Andrew Sluggett inspired, and his hard
work, motivation and success has paid off.
After being registered as a pharmacist
in 2006, he expanded his skillset by
immersing himself in several pharmacy
avenues such as aseptic compounding,
hospital experience as well as becoming
accredited to conduct medicine reviews.
His passion for professional development
and learning for pharmacists has led to
local and national representation on
various committees and working groups.
BY CATHERINE WATERMAN
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