Aged care report reinforces Pharmacy Guild commitment

Welcoming the findings and recommendations of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia says that the report reinforces the Guild’s commitment to helping ensure the growing ageing population received the best possibly healthcare.

National President of the Pharmacy Guild, George Tambassis, says the care given to our older Australians should ensure their optimum health outcomes and wellbeing and community pharmacy can play an important role in this.

“This report sets the basis for major change and reform in the sector and the Guild looks forward to working closely with the Government to help refine and implement appropriate recommendations, says Mr Tambassis.

“We note that the Guild’s Clinically safe and better value Community Pharmacy Aged Care model of care as present to government in the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement negotiations presents a solution in keeping with the report’s recommendations.

“This package of care is underpinned by community pharmacist-led clinical governance and allows for autonomous prescribing by community pharmacists, including the ability to deprescribe.

“In addition, it provides for medicine education and oversight of medicine management policies and procedures. Medication adherence for people ageing at home is a critical need to be addressed to achieve safety and quality care, and community pharmacy is ideally placed to support those in their local communities in their safe use of medicines.

“Importantly, the model of care is based on quality assurance through accreditation against the AS85000 Quality Care Pharmacy Standard.

“It is a model of care that aligns with the Royal Commission’s intents and findings.”

Mr Tambassis adds the report recommends “employing or otherwise retaining” a pharmacist in residential aged care facilities, “so it is appropriate that the services of a local community pharmacy be retained”.

“Other areas where we look forward to working to help the report’s recommendations bear fruit include seeing community pharmacy play an active role as care finders and, providing elements of care at home,” he says.