Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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New GP Super Clinic Includes a Dispensing Pharmacy

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Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues

The Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon and the Member for Hasluck, Sharryn Jackson, today unveiled plans for the $10 million GP Super Clinic to be located in Midland, Western Australia.
It will contain a dispensing pharmacy despite the official Pharmacy Guild line of not locating pharmacies inside GP Super Clinics.
The Minister for Health and Ageing and Member for Hasluck revealed the plans on the site of the Midland GP Super Clinic, the historic Midland Workshops building at the corner of Yelverton Place and Centennial Place, Midland. After extensive consultation with the Heritage Council, plans have now been approved by the Minister of Planning and endorsed by the Midland Redevelopment Authority, with the tender for construction to be advertised shortly.

 

The clinic will accommodate GPs, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, and a range of allied health professionals. This will include Aboriginal health workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, dentists and a dispensing pharmacy. Plans include the co-location of a satellite clinic of Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service and other specialist services. There will also be a day surgery and extensive education and training facilities for medical, nursing and allied health students.

The clinic, which will be open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days per week, with bulk billing for GP services, will also provide emergency care for patients to take pressure off the proposed Midland Hospital.

The Minister for Health and Ageing said she welcomed progress on the Midland GP Super Clinic and looked forward to returning for the sod-turn in the near future.

Ms Roxon said, “This is a significant investment in building up the number of health professionals in the Midland community.

“The Midland GP Super Clinic will see new GPs and other health professionals come to work locally to serve the outer eastern suburbs of Perth,” said Ms Roxon.

Member for Hasluck Sharryn Jackson said this was a significant step for the local community and she looked forward to seeing the clinic become a reality as soon as possible.

Ms Jackson said, “My community needs additional health services and I’m pleased that this facility will grow the number of GPs and health professionals in Midland.

“The Rudd Government commitment to the Midland GP Super Clinic is designed to ensure quicker access to health services for people living in the local community.

“These services have been designed not to compete with existing services, rather enhance and grow access to services for people currently waiting to see a doctor or unable to get on a list at a local clinic,” said Ms Jackson.

The Midland GP Super Clinic is jointly funded by the Rudd Government and the WA State Government.

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Submitted by Desmond on Fri, 21/03/2014 - 22:34.

Now the government is taking some wise decisions. A clinic like this can be a great help to the people in the locality who are suffering of the diseases and in a state where proper care is not avail. Good move.

Submitted by P Smith on Wed, 16/06/2010 - 22:38.

Great to see common sense in this situation and will hopefully prove to be a benefit for the patients in the area.

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