Top GP holds out olive branch to pharmacists

It’s time to end the turf war between pharmacists and general practice in the bush, says the president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia.

Dr Ewen McPhee (pictured), a GP from Emerald in Queensland, says he wants more pharmacies co-locating into country practices. This would allow doctors and pharmacists to work hand-in-glove by sharing patient records to support patient-centred care.

“There doesn’t need to be a turf war between pharmacists and rural doctors,” he says.

“I would love to have a dispensing pharmacy co-located in my clinic so we can share information, have discussions about appropriate management, tackle people’s problems as a partnership rather than as separate business entities.

“In an ideal world we should be working that closely together, GPs and pharmacists.”

The Australian