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These changes affect MedsChecks and
home and residential care medication
reviews. A cap on the number of these
services provided by pharmacists will
be introduced in an attempt to ensure
continuity of these services within
the allocated budget by the federal
Government on these programs within
As young pharmacists, and for the future
of pharmacy in Australia, we need to
help bring the focus back to the patient.
They are one of the key reasons we exist.
We need to promote and highlight the
benefit of these important medication
management services to the public.
Often in times such as this, we tend to
focus on ourselves, and the impact it
may have on our career and income.
If we want to be pharmacists that make
a difference to the health of our patients,
then we need to focus on our patients,
and the benefit they can receive
from us when we provide quality and
appropriate medication management
services. Really, if we focus on the
patient's clinical needs, then it is likely
we can work within the new program
rules and actually achieve better health
outcomes. We shift our motivation
for providing these services to earn
income to focusing on the benefit for
Pharmacy will and should continue to
strengthen its practices and service
offering in the area of medication
management programs. We must
continue to demonstrate to the Federal
Government and other key stakeholders
that we are focussed on patient and
public health outcomes, rather than
solely building a career for ourselves.
Pharmacists have a lot to offer the
public and the Government, and have a
critical role in delivering primary care to
patients, but we need to demonstrate
this by providing medication
management services that are clinically
appropriate and not only a means of
Benjamin Marchant is the Victorian Representative
on the Early Career Pharmacist Working Group,
Vice President of the PSA Victorian Branch and an
EARLY CAREER PHARMACIST FOCUS
Pharmacists must focus on
BY BENJAMIN MARCHANT
Significant changes occurred to the medication management programs
on 1 March as part of the current Community Pharmacy Agreement.
What a weekend!
Education by the beach -- is there really any
better to learn?
The near record 320 delegates at the Annual
Therapeutic Update held at the Crown
Plaza Terrigal, on the NSW Central Coast
from 7--9 March would probably suggest
This year speakers shared their knowledge
and experience in a variety of health
areas. Combined with the interaction from
attendees, the reputation for the Annual
Therapeutic Update (ATU) continues as the
most informative and enjoyable conference
Friday commenced with Clinical Practice
Workshops, including: pressure wounds
presented by Gary Bain; geriatric medicines
by Professor David Le Couteur, and pain
management by Associate Professor
Those attending the Friday workshops and
the weekend delegates came together
at the end of the day to enjoy good
conversation and good company at the
welcome BBQ by the pool.
Saturday launched the conference with
an introduction, presented by PSA NSW
Branch President John Bronger on the
changing nature of pharmacy. Throughout
the day delegates attended sessions
covering complementary medicines
(presented by Professor Peter Carroll),
Osteoporosis (presented by Dr Terri Foran)
and ARI in Children (presented by Dr Larry
Kalish). Each lecture was followed by an
The Better Pharmacy Futures Forum had
a record attendance of 105 participants.
In a show of unity Paul Sinclair (Pharmacy
Guild of Australia NSW President) was an
The Sunday program continued the success
from Saturday as delegates reconvened for
presentations by experts about new drugs.
PSA would also like to thank sponsors --
Corporate Partner PDL, Education partner
Blackmores and wholesaler partner API --
for their participation and contribution to
making the 2014 ATU a success.
"IF WE FOCUS ON THE PATIENT'S CLINICAL NEEDS, THEN IT IS LIKELY WE
CAN WORK WITHIN THE NEW PROGRAM RULES."
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