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Pharmacists and pharmacy, like many in the health arena, are in transition,
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley told delegates at PSA16.
She said the 6th Community Pharmacy
Agreement (6CPA) had ‘captured this’
by building on the success of previous
agreements, extending active medicines
management interventions and
doubling investment in medication
management and primary health care
services to more than $1.26 billion.
‘ This is a very significant investment,
but is indicative of the Government’s
view about the contribution of the
profession,’ Ms Ley said.
She highlighted the $50 million 6CPA
Pharmacy Trial Program (PTP) as an
example of what government and
pharmacy could achieve by working
‘ The core objective is to improve
outcomes for consumers by better
harnessing the significant expertise of
pharmacists to capitalise on the genuine
potential of the profession and the sector.’
The three pilot trials – diabetes
health checks, improved medication
management for Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander peoples, and improved
continuity in the management of
patients’ medication on discharge from
hospital – are priority areas.
Ms Ley said the idea was to find new
ways to improve clinical outcomes for
patients, and examine to extend the
role of community pharmacists in the
delivering primary health care.
‘Equally exciting is the outcome of
further consultations my department
conducted in March – to explore
ideas for further trials into the future.
We received 108 ideas – great ideas.
And – they came from a vast array of
interested parties: as well as the PSA,
we heard from universities, medical
colleges, hospitals, industry, and
‘I have already had the opportunity to
be briefed on these new ideas and I am
confident that they address some of the
key questions about the future role of
pharmacists in Australia,’ Ms Ley said.
Ms Ley also said it was vital that the
vision for an integrated, high quality,
sustainable and responsive health
system was a shared vision.
‘We are not in competition, as
professionals, practitioners, policy
makers, patients, industry groups. We
are in cooperation. ‘We want to try new
approaches, but respect absolutely the
fundamentals of what each stakeholder
offers, their skills and expertise, their
contributions. It is never either/or.’
Ms Ley said primary health care was the
foundation of the health care system –
the gateway – most people’s first and
main contact with the health system.
‘Primary health care, preventive health,
coordinated management of chronic
conditions, healthy and active ageing –
these are some of the key areas where
we want to ensure that the patient is the
centre of care, and funding is aligned, as
closely as possible with individual health
She said the Federal Government’s
‘signature policy’ in this space was the
establishment of Health Care Homes.
With one in five Australians experiencing
multiple chronic health conditions, many
people were seeing up to five different
GPs in a year. A Health Care Home would
be a one-stop-shop and ‘home base’, with
a single GP or health professional of their
choice, coordinating and supporting
them to keep healthier and out of
Ms Ley said an Implementation Advisory
Group included pharmacist Jacquie Kiel,
Managing Partner of two community
pharmacies, and Vice President of the
‘We also want to see pharmacists
contribute through a more direct link
with GPs. After all GPs and pharmacists
constitute the two central pillars of our
primary health care system. We want to
understand the potential patient benefits
that pharmacists can deliver through
Health Care Homes, through Primary
Health Networks and through a more
direct presence in general practice.
‘ Two PHNs, in Western Sydney and
the ACT, have been conducting trials
of pharmacists working in primary
care services, as part of an integrated
multidisciplinary health care team.
‘I do want to stress from my perspective
and the government’s perspective
– c ollaboration is absolutely key.
Collaboration is the only way to improve
health services on the ground by
bringing primary and acute sectors closer
together, with better communication and
‘But we also need to recognise that
primary health care is changing. Reforms
are changing the way health care is both
funded and managed,’ Ms Ley said. (More
on page 32.)
BY ANDREW DANIELS
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