AMA rejects mental health ‘liaison’ role for pharmacists

THE AMA has dismissed a push by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia for its members to take a greater role in mental health with a scheme that would see pharmacists employed by Medicare Locals as “liaisons”.

In its 2011–12 federal budget submission, the PSA last week requested $2.25 million in funding to employ a pharmacist at each of the 15 initial Medicare Locals – at a cost of $150,000 each.

The in-house pharmacists would coordinate a range of services provided by community pharmacies to patients with a mental illness in their Medicare Local,