Pharmacists want bigger role in team care management

In a pre-election document outlining the need for a greater role for its members in chronic disease care, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) – which represents some 25,000 pharmacists – said current funding models needed to be broadened for the benefit of patients.

“Right now a GP can call on the specialist skills of a nurse or a physiotherapist or a psychologist to help them meet the needs of consumers with chronic disease under nationally funded programs,” the document explains, “yet a pharmacist can’t easily be included in the practice team to review and advise on the consumer’s medicines regimen”.

“Given the central role of medicines in the care and treatment of consumers with chronic disease, this just doesn’t make sense.”

PSA CEO Liesel Wett told MO that one possibility was the addition of pharmacists to the list of those allied health professions eligible