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‘ They are healthcare workers as well as
pillars of the communities they serve.’
Australian Pharmacist spoke to Broken
Hill pharmacist Jason Harvey, who was
visited by Grant and Andrew during
their Variety Bash’
PSA member Jason is a partner in
Outback Pharmacies in Broken Hill,
a grouping of three pharmacies in the
city of some 18,500 residents. Grant and
Andrew visited one of the group’s
pharmacies and were impressed by the
extent of the practice.
Jason told Australian Pharmacist that the
pharmacy’s coverage was vast.
‘ We have a relationship with the Royal
Flying Doctor Service and we service a
lot of the outlying towns and properties
around Broken Hill,’ he said.
‘ We worked out that we cover an area
about the size of a quarter of NSW so it
‘ The Royal Flying Doctor Service has
regular clinics and every night they
return here to Broken Hill and bring
the scripts in to us and we dispense the
‘ We then get the medicines out to the
patients by post, bus or some we have
to send back to the Royal Flying Doctor
Service to be taken back out when they
have the next clinic.’
Jason said the pharmacy was in the
process of negotiating an arrangement
with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to
provide pharmacy clinics.
‘ We hope soon to have a pharmacist
travel out with the Royal Flying
Doctor Service so that we can provide
pharmacy clinics to remote areas.
The Flying Doctor already takes other
allied health professionals out to
conduct clinics so they have dental
clinics, a physio clinic and so on.
‘ We are hoping that in the next little
while we will have a pharmacy clinic
which is an exciting development.’
He said he was looking for a few
extra pharmacists to build the
capacity to provide this clinic service.
However, finding pharmacists willing to
work in Broken Hill was difficult.
‘ The main challenge here is distance,
especially with Broken Hill being in the
middle of nowhere. We have trouble
getting pharmacy staff but so do other
health professions, particularly doctors
and specialists,’ he said.
‘ They all have a lot of trouble attracting
quality health professionals so that’s
always a challenge.’
The difficulty attracting staff makes it
difficult for those in rural and remote
areas to read about any so-called over-
supply of pharmacists.
‘I have heard a few people talk about
the over-supply of pharmacists but from
our perspective that is quite laughable,’
‘We have had to go through a locum
company to get a pharmacist at the
moment which is ridiculous.
‘If people are looking for jobs and are
struggling to find work, come out to the
country. There are jobs everywhere and
you can earn a lot more than you would if
you were working in metropolitan areas.
‘It can be more satisfying. We do a wide
a variety of things that a pharmacist
working in a city pharmacy might not
have the opportunity to do.
‘And soon with us I hope there will be the
opportunity to go on the Flying Doctor
Service to conduct clinics.’
Jason said his pharmacy also
sub-contracted to the local Aboriginal
Health Service one day a week and this
pharmacist also travelled to outlying
towns once a fortnight.
‘It’s more than being a dispensing
pharmacist; we offer a very broad range
of health services so if you’re looking for
a job, look to the country. There’s plenty
of jobs out here.’
Jason may be biased, having been
born and bred a Broken Hill person,
but he points the lifestyle of the city as
‘Broken Hill is a really great place to
live – you don’t have to travel hours to
get to work and it’s a centre for young
professionals with lots of medical
students, pharmacy students and
teachers moving here,’ he said.
‘It’s a very social, young and transient
‘And in our practice we are more than
just pharmacists. We won a Pharmacy
of the Year Award for Professional
Engagement so a big thing we do is
interacting with the community.
‘For instance one of our pharmacies runs
a local trivia night every Tuesday night
and that’s amazingly popular and we get
about 100 people there every week.
‘We also do a weekly radio segment on
health topics; we write articles for the
local paper and we sponsor all sorts
of sporting and community activities.
We serve on committees and boards and
we have our own TV ads to get our face
out there. We market ourselves because
we realise that is our biggest asset.’
Jason Harvey & Grant Kardachi
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