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‘ With medication forming an important
part of health care treatment pathways,
pharmacists are key members of the
primary care team. An obvious starting
point for GP-Pharmacist collaboration
is within the domain of quality,
safety and accountability in medication
management. Pharmacists can also work
collaboratively in reviewing medicines
used within Medicare Local catchment
areas and providing in-service education
and quality or medication safety
‘GPs and pharmacists should also
work together in quality improvement
activities such as Drug Use Evaluation
and in promoting evidence-based use
of medicines and development of drug
protocols within each Medicare Local.
‘ We should also be liaising with outreach
and hospital avoidance services from
Local Hospital Networks to ensure
integration with the primary health care
system, including enhanced systems for
follow-up calls from pharmacists to GPs
when patients with complex medication
regimes are discharged.
‘In addition, we have to go out into the
community ourselves and let people
know about the “new” pharmacy,’
Mr Kardachi said.
(More news from the Pharmacy Business
Conference on page 827.)
PSA builds Indonesian links
PSA has moved to forge stronger links
with its Indonesian counterparts.
The Society and the Indonesian
Pharmacists Association (IAI) have signed
a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) to develop a framework for
commitment and cooperation to support
the work of both organisations in serving
The MoU will also strengthen the
communication, liaison, collaboration
and cooperation between the IAI and
PSA in policy development, education
and training, political action, and
commercial arrangements where there is
Signing the MoU on behalf of the PSA,
National Board member John Jackson said
alliance’s success would be characterised
‘It is no secret that I, and PSA, believe
the future of the profession rests in our
ability to support a dispensing-centric
model with a practice model in which the
delivery of professional services plays a
far more significant role than it does now.
‘Many pharmacists still ask why a shift
from the dispensing-centric model is
critical for the future and I think that is
very clearly answered by the government
in its latest price disclosure requirements
and the number of drugs coming off
patent. If revenue from dispensing is
going to continue to drop, then we have
to look at other avenues to ensure our
businesses are viable and professional
service delivery is a very clear road to
take,’ he said.
Mr Kardachi said that too often new
services have been introduced simply as
an add-on to existing services.
‘Such additions lack any clear vision as to
how the services can benefit the practice
and the consumer. In my view this clearly
is not a recipe for success.
‘ To ensure we maintain and build on
these relations, we must take every
measure to incorporate these changed
dynamics into our business plans and
properly manage these relationships
which are a foundation of our sustainable
health system. We cannot operate in
Mr Kardachi also emphasised the
importance of GP-pharmacist
collaboration as being critical to ensuring
the best possible health outcomes for all
Australians. However, he acknowledged
that there are barriers to collaboration.
He quoted Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite
of the Australian Institute of Health
Innovation who believes the only way to
move forward is to have a shared vision
and likened some of these barriers to a
form of ‘tribalism’.
‘He also pointed out that there is a very
evident reluctance on the part of some
health-care professionals to integrate.
He used the analogy of “birds of a feather
flock together” to highlight how despite
all the recent developments, the health
profession is made up of separate clusters
of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and so on.
by cooperation, communication,
responsiveness, transparency, and close
planning on any joint projects between
the two organisations.
‘ This is an exciting
between our two
will see benefits for
the nearly 30,000
members the two
represent. The MoU is the expression of a
spirit of cooperation,’ Mr Jackson said.
‘ There are some clear similarities of
purpose between the IAI and the PSA.
Both are non-partisan organisations
that represent the professional interests
and aspirations of their respective
‘In working towards successful
outcomes for the respective members
of both organisations and for the
health consumer, there are potential
mutual benefits and increased
possibilities of successful outcomes in
the two organisations working together
collaboratively and cooperatively.
‘Key to the work of both IAI and PSA is the
relationship with members.
‘Offerings of value that add to both
memberships are key to delivering
sustainable services that enhance the
role of pharmacists in the delivery of
quality use of medicines, consumer health
outcomes, and attracting new members,’
Mr Jackson said the MoU would also
promote collaborative arrangements
and exchange of information on specific,
mutually agreed issues, as well as on
promoting both organisation’s major
events and conferences.
The MoU was signed during the 24th
Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical
Associations (FAPA) Congress in Nusa Dua,
Bali from 13–16 September.
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