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On-site pharmacists to improve medication management in RACFs

Earlier this year former Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt announced an investment by The Australian Government of $345.7 million for on-site pharmacists and community pharmacy services in government-funded residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to improve medication management and safety for aged care residents.

“Improving medication management for senior Australians living in aged care is part of the Government’s generational reform of the sector,” Minister Hunt said.

“Having a pharmacist and community pharmacy services on-site will give residents and their families confidence that medications are regularly reviewed, appropriate and needed.

“The pharmacist will also gain an in-depth understanding of medication issues across the facility and will be well-placed to improve medical management and safety.

“This is especially important when we consider the overuse of antipsychotics, known as chemical restraint, and we will continue to work closely with the aged care sector, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in implementing these important reforms.”

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety identified medication management as an essential area for improvement.

At ConPharm 2022, new AACP Board Chair Dr Shane Jackson delivered the opening presentation on opportunities in the Aged Care Sector, stressing that this funding commitment has been honoured by the new government and is the largest single biggest investment in a single primary care pharmacy program ever.

During his talk, Dr Jackson highlighted the challenges the profession faces in the implementation of this new model from 1 January 2023, in terms of workforce, funding and remuneration and accreditation and support.

A large component of the session was a live poll to ascertain the views of attendees on how to address some of these challenges.

For those who were not able to be present at ConPharm now is your opportunity to watch Shane’s presentation, answer the questions and contribute to the ongoing discussions.

The results will be presented to all relevant stakeholders in the coming months.

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