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SUPPORTING PHARMACY PRACTICE
Developing a program to meet
requirements of Primary Health Care
and Working with Others
Healthy Heart Week in Your Pharmacy
(Relevant Professional Practice Standards
-- Screening and Risk Assessment and
This program has a number of key areas
of focus. Firstly, it is underpinned by a
health promotion focus. In this case,
what should occur within the pharmacy
are general health promotion activities.
This can be promotion of messages such
as having your blood pressure taken,
the need for a healthy balanced diet,
maintenance of a healthy weight range
and regular exercise. These messages can
be promulgated in a number of ways,
depending on what the pharmacy would
like to do. Some examples of this are
posters, yers, local media and radio.
Messages can include:
'One in three people with high blood
pressure don't know they have it.'
'Checking your blood pressure is quick
and easy and could save your life.'
In addition, the pharmacy can implement
a screening and risk assessment program
as outlined in the table above. The key
area of focus for this screening and risk
assessment service should be when to
refer. The table below outlines what can
be used as a tool for referral if a patient's
assessed blood pressure warrants referral
to a medical practitioner.
Please note that the range below is for
patients without any other identi ed
cardiovascular risk factors. Patients with
already diagnosed cardiovascular disease
or diabetes may have target ranges that
are not covered in Table 3 (on page 389.)
These referral points can be used to
discuss the screening and risk assessment
service with local health providers
for their input and clari cation about
methods of referral.
Good engagement and communication
about what is being planned within
the pharmacy will ensure a successful
Take home message
The Primary Health Care and Working
with Others PPIs are a great opportunity
for community pharmacists to deliver
primary health care solutions that impact
positively on health outcomes and are
complementary to services that other
health care providers deliver.
Commencing with a health promotion
program and instituting a disease state
management program or screening
and risk assessment service are ideal
opportunities to engage with local
communities to deliver a primary health
Activity to be undertaken
What is the service/activity?
A health promotion program targeting
A screening program for hypertension
Who are the target groups?
Our local community
Speci cally, men who may not go
regularly to the doctor
How are we going to promote the
Local newsletter, newspaper and radio
In-store -- yers plus sta promotion and
Who is going to be involved in service
All pharmacy sta will promote the
Only pharmacists will perform
measurement of blood pressure
What are the training requirements?
Pharmacy sta to read modules on
hypertension -- inPHARMation: Heart
Health, May 2012; High Blood Pressure,
Pharmacists to read modules on
hypertension (e.g. Australian Pharmacist,
Management of hypertension, Oct 2010.)
Familiarity with blood pressure
measurements including reproducibility
What resources are required?
National Heart Foundation brochures
Pharmacy Self Care Fact Cards:
• Warning Signs of Heart Attack
• High Blood pressure
What equipment is required?
Calibrated blood pressure monitor
Have I engaged with other health
professionals in my area?
Meet with local GPs if possible
If meeting not possible, call or write a
Provide information about the program
Review and evaluation
Table 2. Example process for delivering a screening and risk assessment
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