Community pharmacists and pharmacy staff have been informed of an upcoming North Queensland Community Pharmacy scope of practice pilot

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch, held its Branch Committee meeting in Cairns yesterday and Branch Committee members hosted the People in Pharmacy Networking Dinner overnight to educate local owners, community pharmacists , pharmacy staff and pharmacy students at James Cook University on the Imminent North Queensland Community Pharmacy Scope of Practice Pilot Project (Pilot).

With more than 100 community pharmacies from across the region invited to attend the networking dinner, Queensland Branch President Chris Owen said community pharmacists in North Queensland are excited and ready to begin the pilot.

“The Guild and local community pharmacists now want to launch the pilot project and begin the journey to full practice,” said Owen.

“There have been overwhelmingly positive responses and significant interest from community pharmacists in the North Queensland region to participate in the pilot project and undertake the required 18-month post-graduate training.”

“Most importantly, recent independent research found that over 80% of North Queenslanders taking part in the survey support the pilot and practicing community pharmacists to their fullest extent.”

‘Over the weekend, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service informed residents online that the emergency department was extremely busy with extended wait times.’

“This shows that the pilot is a clear need in the North Queensland region to reduce the number of emergency department presentations and improve community access to safe, effective and convenient primary healthcare services. “

“The success of the Urinary Tract Infection Pharmacy Pilot Project – Queensland (UTIPP-Q) with 87% of women having symptoms resolved safely and effectively and its recent permanent implementation in community pharmacies across Queensland , is another clear indicator that pharmacists can do more to meet the needs of their patients.

“Pharmacists practicing to their full potential is not a new concept. The pilot project will bring pharmacists in North Queensland closer to pharmacists practicing in parts of Canada, New Zealand and the UK and is expected to provide North Queenslanders with the same positive health outcomes as residents of those countries. .

“Our focus remains our patients in North Queensland. We assure North Queenslanders that pharmacists are not replacing GPs, but rather working alongside them for better health outcomes for the community,” said Mr Owen.

The Queensland branch has launched the website to provide more information to patients and the pharmacy industry about the North Queensland Community Pharmacy Scope of Practice pilot project.

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