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By the time most people will read this column, the 2016 Federal election
will be over so it should be safe to turn on the television and read the
newspapers without being confronted by electioneering politicians.
All that is left is to count the votes
and see what the final make up
of both Houses of Parliament will
look like. At the time of writing, a
few weeks out from the election,
I’m predicting an interesting range of
The sun will come up and Australia will
be the same place. Hear that sound?
It is the sound of election candidates
pondering what to do with all those
plastic election posters. Congratulations
the nation has survived the 2016
During the election there was a lot
of talk about Medicare, hospitals and
health costs but of course, Australians
still face the same health issues –
chronic disease, obesity and so on.
Pharmacists, wherever they are and
however they practice will face the same
issues and challenges.
Professor Stephen King, Chair of the
Independent Review of Pharmacy
Remuneration and Regulation that
was established as part of the Sixth
Community Pharmacy Agreement
will probably be able to release his
discussion paper now. Albeit a bit less
of a spectre now that, over the course of
the election campaign, the major parties
and Nick Xenophon have publicly
supported pharmacist ownership
The backlog of Pharmaceutical Benefits
Scheme listings of medicines that were
held up for the past two months during
the election can be cleared up.
The Pharmacy Trial Programme will
provide some exciting and positive
activity for pharmacy and potentially
provide the sparks that ignite new
professional services that extend
pharmacist’s roles in community health.
Whoever is in government when you
read this faces the same overarching
problem of how to deliver the level
of health support Australians expect.
They are still faced with an ageing
population and increasing levels of
chronic disease, alarming trends in
antibiotic resistance and an eHealth
system that is to say the least a long way
behind the 8 ball.
Governments are listening to those who
offer solutions and bypassing those who
don’t. The Pharmacy Trial Programme
(PTP) is pharmacy’s big chance to
provide the Federal Government with
It is also evidence that the message
that pharmacists can be part of the
healthcare solution is getting through.
The rapid spread of pharmacist‐
delivered flu vaccinations has shown
governments, state, territory and federal
that pharmacists can deliver.
The results of the Queensland
Pharmacy Immunisation Pilot (QPIP)
showed that almost all of the vaccine
recipients surveyed said they would
be happy to return to a pharmacy for a
vaccination and would recommend it
to others. (See the June 2016, Australian
Pharmacist, page 26, for more.)
PSA’s election manifesto, Utilising
Pharmacists to Achieve Better Health for
Australians, said ‘Australia now has a
large and growing pharmacist workforce
that is highly trained and, with a much
younger age‐profile than most other
health professions, there is great
potential for the workforce to contribute
to emerging and innovative models of
care. As such, PSA urges all major parties
to consider how to utilise Australia’s
pharmacist workforce to best meet their
health policy objectives.’
I say again, The PTP is pharmacy’s big
chance to consolidate itself as a key part
of the solution to Australia’s health woes.
You can come out now
the election's is over
BY ANDREW DANIELS
» CANBERRA COMMENTARY
Andrew Daniels is Managing Editor of Australian
Pharmacist. Opinions expressed in this column are
not necessarily those of the Pharmaceutical Society,
its Board or staff.
Hear that sound? It is the
sound of election candidates
pondering what to do with
all those plastic election
the nation has survived the
2016 marathon election.
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