Remote/Rural Pharmacists Project: Final Report

Remote/Rural Pharmacists Project: Final Report Report

  • Author(s): Australian Pharmacy Council
  • Published: 2009

Abstract: The Australian Pharmacy Council is aware of difficulties confronting pharmacists who are working in remote rural regions. An Expert Reference Group consisting of people with experience in remote pharmacy practice and one with a legal background was established to oversee a Project that would make recommendations to Government regarding legal impediments to remote pharmacists in delivering their full range of services. A project consultant was employed to examine and report on barriers experienced by remote pharmacists that impeded their delivery of pharmacy services. The consultant conducted a literature review and conducted semi-structured interviews with twenty eight rural and remote pharmacists. Seven interviews were face to face. The rest were conducted by telephone. The consultant spent one week of experiential learning in the Central Desert, Western Australia, 1000kms west of Alice Springs. The recommendations arising from this project include: • Registering remote health clinics as pharmacy outstations, so that pharmacists may dispense in these locations. • Remunerating remote pharmacists for cognitive services through the MBS. • Authorising remote pharmacists to conduct prescribing by protocol. • Allowing restricted operations, by protocol, in remote pharmacies without immediate supervision by a pharmacist. • Embracing technology to allow telepharmacy and e-prescribing. • Exempting Aboriginal Health Services in remote areas from pharmacy ownership laws, if a pharmacist is employed full-time to oversee and establish QUM observance. • Supporting and subsidising electronic prescribing and internet based communications between health professionals. • Aligning, simplifying and revising state health legislation.

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