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PSA Press Releases

Peter Waterman
The Latest from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Issue 72: June 2008
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PSA News - the latest from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Keep in touch with activities of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and their professional support for Australian pharmacists.
This Month:

  * PSA releases guidelines, standards and training for Patient Medication Profile Program

  * PSA guidelines, standards and training underpin Patient Medication Profile ProgramJoint PSA/PGA Media Release

 

PSA releases guidelines, standards and training for
Patient Medication Profile Program

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia today released its professional guidelines and standards on Medication Profiling Service as well as training materials that underpin the new Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement Patient Medication Profile (PMP) Program.

The guidelines, standards and training materials are available to all pharmacists free of charge on the PSA website. Printed copies of the guidelines and standards are being sent to all PSA members this month. They are also included in the PMP Program's Pharmacy Readiness Kit (PRK) mailed to all Section 90 pharmacies by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

PSA's guidelines are designed to provide advice or guidance to pharmacists on process issues, good practice behaviour, and how responsibilities may be best fulfilled. The standards outline the minimum service requirements to ensure a desirable level of performance or results. The guidelines and standards need to be considered side-by-side and they have been consolidated into a single publication.

In conjunction with the release of the guidelines and standards, PSA has developed a training program with an assessment component. Completion of the training program and assessment is a mandatory requirement for pharmacists participating in the PMP Program.

Training can be completed online. Pharmacists will first need to register with PSA for access to the material. This can be done online at www.psa.org.au/4cpa and will take one to two working days. Pharmacists are encouraged to register now so that access to the material can be obtained as soon as possible.

The PMP service involves a pharmacist establishing a full medication history of the patient, assessing their understanding of the medicines they use as well as any apparent problems or difficulties, and providing a current medication profile to the patient along with appropriate counselling.

The PMP Program is the next professional pharmacy service to roll out as part of the Better Community Health Initiative of the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and delivered in partnership between the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

For more information on the PMP Program visit www.psa.org.au/4cpa.

PSA guidelines, standards and training underpin Patient Medication Profile ProgramJoint PSA/PGA Media Release

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has released its professional guidelines, standards and associated training materials for pharmacists that underpin the new Patient Medication Profile (PMP) Program.

The PMP Program is the next professional pharmacy service to roll out as part of the Better Community Health Initiative of the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and delivered in partnership between the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA).

The guidelines, standards and training materials are available to all pharmacists free of charge on the PSA' s website at http://www.psa.org.au/4CPA. Printed copies of the guidelines and standards are included in the PMP Program’s Pharmacy Readiness Kit (PRK). A copy of the PRK is being mailed to all Section 90 pharmacies and is also available online from the Guild’s website at http://www.guild.org.au.

The PMP service involves a pharmacist establishing a full medication history of the patient, assessing their understanding of the medicines they use as well as any apparent problems or difficulties, and providing a current medication profile to the patient along with appropriate counselling.

PSA President Brian Grogan said the Society believed the PMP Program was a valuable addition to the suite of remunerated professional services that were in the process of being rolled out. 

"PSA believes the Program supports the trend of delivering professional services through community pharmacy and it dovetails with other professional programs such as Home Medicines Reviews and Dose Administration Aids," Mr Grogan said.
 
"The provision of medication profile services is likely to improve their quality use of medicines, and reduce adverse drug events.
 
"The patient will have the opportunity to sit down with their pharmacist to discuss all their medications, when they are to be taken or used and a simple explanation of what each medicine is expected to do.
 
"PSA' s guidelines and training are designed to provide advice or guidance to pharmacists on process issues, good practice behaviour, and how responsibilities may be best fulfilled. The standards outline the minimum service requirements to ensure a desirable level of performance or results. The guidelines, standards and training should be considered side-by-side."
 
"The PMP Program is being rolled out in a way that will allow an initial evaluation of which patients would most benefit from this service.
 
"It is important to note that the Profile will include over-the-counter and complementary medicines as well as prescription medicines to ensure the patient has a complete picture of all of their medicines."
 
The training program, which includes an assessment, is a mandatory requirement for all pharmacists participating in the PMP Program.
 
Training can be completed online. Pharmacists will first need to register with the PSA for access to the material. This can be done online at http://www.psa.org.au/4CPA and will take one to two working days. Pharmacists are encouraged to register now so that access to the material can be obtained as soon as possible. 

"PSA has been pleased to work with the Guild and the Department of Health and Ageing to develop this service. We are proud of the high quality materials we have created and I am confident these will result in great benefits for the Australian community," Mr Grogan said. 

For more information on the PMP Program visit PSA's website at http://www.psa.org.au/4CPA or the Guild’s website http://www.guild.org.au/pps/content.asp?id=1426.

The Guild website includes the Pharmacy Readiness Kit as well as a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section.  
 
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia is the organisation that represents the professional interests of Australia’s 18,000 practising pharmacists. It provides standards of practice, education, training and practice support for pharmacists and helps members of the profession to deliver the best health care to their patients.

For further information contact:
 
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Senior Manager National Program Development
Audra Millis  (02) 9431 1129 (b.h.)
or
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Public Affairs Manager
Aaron Hall (02) 6283 4782 (b.h.) or 0402 756 835 (mobile)

2008 PSA Excellence Awards Open for Nominations

Do you know a high-achieving pharmacist who deserves national recognition? Then PSA would like you to nominate them for the 2008 PSA Excellence Awards.

Nominations are invited for three award categories: Lifetime Achievement Award, Pharmacist of the Year (Gold Medal) and Young Pharmacist of the Year (Silver Medal).

The PSA Lifetime Achievement Award was added to the highly esteemed gold and silver medals in 2007 to recognise outstanding and enduring contributions to professional practice.

In announcing the 2008 awards, PSA National President Brian Grogan said:

"The PSA Excellence Awards are the premier awards for Pharmacists in Australia, and they provide a rare opportunity to recognise and reward the achievers of our profession, those exceptional pharmacists who are models of best practice, involved in innovative practice and raising practice standards."

The awards aim to raise community awareness of the role and range of professional services provided by pharmacists who strive to make a difference in the communities they serve.

Mr Grogan has again welcomed Symbion Pharmacy Services as the award’s exclusive sponsor. Symbion Pharmacy Services’ Pharmacy Division, Group General Manager, Patrick Davies said:

"With a commitment to pharmacy and pharmacists, Symbion Pharmacy Services regards these awards as an important investment in the industry. Like so many pharmacists, we are focused on achieving excellence in the pharmacy sector and these awards are a great reflection of this philosophy, so we’re both delighted and proud to be involved."

Symbion Pharmacy Services’ sponsorship support enables PSA to provide each award recipient with an $8,000 Symbion Education Grant. These Grants provide winners with the opportunity to advance their knowledge by supporting their participation at a pharmacy-specific education event such as an international conference or course.

The three Excellence Award winners will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC) in Perth on Saturday 25 October.

The Lifetime Achiever will receive the prestigious PSA Lifetime Achievement Award,  Pharmacist of the Year the Gold Medal and Young Pharmacist of the Year the Silver Medal,  with all winners receiving a Symbion Pharmacy Services Education Grant, and perhaps most importantly, the recognition of their peers as having achieved professional excellence.

Award nominations close 1 September 2008.



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