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PSA Roadshow explores
opportunities for pharmacists
to improve community health
BY DR LANCE EMERSON, PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA CEO
During February and March PSA has been hitting the road for a nationwide
tour to map out exciting new opportunities for pharmacists.
Starting in Queensland, the month-long
national roadshow – the biggest in the
PSA’s recent history – has been featuring
interactive seminars at 17 destinations
across all States and Territories, including
several regional centres.
The free information seminars, delivered
by experienced professionals from the
PSA and industry experts, updated local
pharmacists on new career options and
opportunities to develop new skills and
career pathways. The sessions have
also been featuring information about
mentoring programs and highlight the
recent changes to the Pharmaceutical
Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Sixth
Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA).
Another major focus of the sessions
has been to outline new strategies
to improve pharmacist wages and
remuneration levels – a major
challenging facing the profession.
I am delighted that we have been
receiving an impressive response from
PSA members and supporters registering
for the roadshow seminars.
The seminars have also been designed to
provide comprehensive details on new
ways pharmacists can work collaboratively
with local doctors to improve patient
health, as well as outline information
on the PSA’s new initiative to transform
pharmacies into health destinations.
One of the main issues discussed at
the roadshow has been PSA’s Health
Destination Pharmacy program.
The evidence-based program will
provide everything a local pharmacy
requires to increase its engagement
with the local community and better
respond to and meet health needs.
This innovative healthcare program is set
to revolutionise pharmacy in Australia
by repositioning pharmacies as a health
destination in the local community and
better enable pharmacists to provide
evidence-based health solutions.
The exciting PSA-led, industry-funded
initiative is also expected to improve the
coordination of consumer healthcare
and help to reduce the cost and burden
on Australia’s health system.
The idea of Health Destination has
arisen following a need for Australian
community pharmacies to play an
enhanced role in patient care, coupled
with an increasingly uncertain
financial future for those pharmacies.
While pharmacies are looking to deliver
more consumer-focused services in
order to implement and sustain change,
many pharmacists have said they need
targeted, onsite support.
As a result and in the absence
of an existing, evidence-based
pharmacy-change platform, the PSA
has shown leadership and vision
to develop the Health Destination
The Health Destination initiative is
expected to support the community
pharmacy sector through current
financial challenges and breathe new
life into an initiative that can provide
pharmacies with a viable future, and
consumers with greater access to
pharmacist advice and services.
Pharmacies that sign up to become
a Health Destination Pharmacy will
enable their pharmacists to spend more
time with consumers based on the
complexity of patients’ health needs and
the needs of their local communities –
which ultimately leads to high-quality
healthcare outcomes and profitability.
The PSA has extensively tested the Health
Destination program and achieved
impressive results. Between 2011 and
2013, the PSA conducted a trial to
investigate the concept in 14 pharmacies
selected to represent a range of
pharmacy types. From the trial phase,
the PSA discovered that consumers who
visited Health Destination Pharmacies
accessed the following benefits:
Improved access to evidence-based
Improved quality use of medicines
Wellness and prevention
Improved coordination of care
Convenient access to health care
Helped to reduce burden on the
The PSA has also received strong
industry support. To facilitate an
effective national roll-out, the PSA has
partnered with organisations with a
shared interest and long-term view of
a viable community pharmacy sector;
acknowledging that in order to drive
widespread adoption, changes will not
only be required in pharmacies but in
organisations working with them.
So if you’re thinking about exploring
new ways to improve community health
outcomes and the viability of your
pharmacy, I would urge you to visit the
new Health Destination website:
au and register your interest.
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