Hunt tar­gets MHR phar­macy take-up

Pharmacy Daily - - Front page -

HEALTH Min­is­ter Greg Hunt says he ex­pects up to 80% of Aus­tralian phar­ma­cies to join the My Health Record plat­form by the end of the year, with the gov­ern­ment keenly fo­cused on en­abling phar­ma­cists as pri­mary car­ers through the sys­tem.

He said My Health Record (MHR) had the po­ten­tial to play a key role in in­creas­ing patient un­der­stand­ing of med­i­ca­tions, im­prove com­pli­ance and avoid un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions.

Hunt ap­peared in a video to ad­dress the open­ing of the PSA18 con­fer­ence in Syd­ney on Fri, and said he was thrilled to have de­vel­oped the $600 mil­lion Phar­macy Trial Pro­gram through the Sixth Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Agree­ment in part­ner­ship with the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia and the Phar­macy Guild.

“This is help­ing pa­tients, it’s help­ing the role of the phar­ma­cist in pri­mary care, and it’s help­ing the phar­ma­cists them­selves,” Hunt en­thused.

The min­is­ter thanked the PSA for its on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion as the gov­ern­ment de­vel­ops more tri­als, such as the Health Care Homes ex­ten­sion.

“We are in­creas­ing the role of phar­macy as be­ing a front line in co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with our GPs and al­lied health­care pro­fes­sion­als,” he said.

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