Phar­ma­cist Rx fo­rum re­port

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THE Phar­macy Board of Aus­tralia has pub­lished a re­port about a fo­rum it hosted ear­lier this year (PD 02 Jul 2018) to con­sider the need and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pand­ing phar­ma­cist in­volve­ment in pre­scrib­ing.

The Phar­ma­cist Pre­scrib­ing Fo­rum re­port, a back­ground pa­per and two other re­ports about pre­scrib­ing com­mis­sioned by the Board are avail­able in the Pro­fes­sional prac­tice is­sues sec­tion of the Board’s web­site.

The fo­rum ex­plored the po­ten­tial ex­panded role of phar­ma­cists in pre­scrib­ing in or­der to con­trib­ute to sup­port­ing ac­cess to medicines in Aus­tralia, which aligns with the ob­jec­tives of the Na­tional Scheme, in­clud­ing “to en­able the con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment of a flex­i­ble, re­spon­sive and sus­tain­able health work­force and to en­able in­no­va­tion in the ed­u­ca­tion of, and ser­vice de­liv­ery by, health prac­ti­tion­ers”.

Fol­low­ing the re­lease of the re­port, the Board is cur­rently pre­par­ing a dis­cus­sion pa­per to seek the views of the phar­macy pro­fes­sion, other health pro­fes­sion­als and the pub­lic about the need for and po­ten­tial mod­els of phar­ma­cist pre­scrib­ing.

The fo­rum gave gen­er­ally strong sup­port for en­hanc­ing the role of phar­ma­cists to in­clude pre­scrib­ing, with the pro­viso that pre­scrib­ing and dis­pens­ing func­tions should be sep­a­rated.

Team-based col­lab­o­ra­tive care was a dom­i­nant theme, the re­port said, and there was strong agree­ment that ad­di­tional ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing would be re­quired for au­ton­o­mous pre­scrib­ing es­pe­cially in re­la­tion to ad­dress­ing the com­pe­ten­cies re­quired for di­ag­no­sis and as­sess­ment.

There was also a clear need to cre­ate uni­for­mity across states and ter­ri­to­ries around any reg­u­la­tory ad­just­ments re­quired.

See phar­ma­cy­board.gov.au.

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