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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Training Future Generations for Primary Health Care

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

There needs to be a sense of fairness and equal opportunity in health professions education and training.
GP's are paid an allowance to train the next generation.
Pharmacists do not receive any such support even though it would prevent the heavy financial loss of losing graduates from the pharmacy profession.
The GP allowance is being substantially increased (+20%) as a boost to primary health care at a time when pharmacy graduates are in surplus and need to develop an infrastructure to deliver training for pharmacists to undertake a greater primary health care role.
The PSA has made a statement on how this inequity should be addressed by having a common policy for all health professionals - but how aggressively is this being followed up?

Boosting GP services forms part of the Government’s agenda to build a better health and better hospital system for Australian families.

The  Government has provided a further boost to primary health care in Australia by providing a 20 per cent increase to the allowance payable to GPs who supervise doctors enrolled in general practice training.

This builds on the funding delivered in this year’s budget that will deliver an additional 1300 GPs qualified or in training by 2013.

The increased funding will begin on 1 July 2010 and complements the Government commitment in March to double the number of GP training places.

Australia needs to reduce its high hospitalisation rates, which are currently double that of Canada and significantly higher than the United States, the UK and New Zealand.

More GPs will not only meet projected shortfalls but also improve access and availability of GP services and help take pressure off the hospital system.

The Government recognises that training the next generation of GPs is vital, but it also needs to extend its vision further to include pharmacists and other health professionals.

Attracting and retaining high quality supervisors is critical to ensure the next generation of GPs receive the best quality training possible.

This funding builds on the Government’s commitment to taking full funding and policy responsibility for GP and primary health care through planned health care reforms that will deliver better health and better hospitals.

This will ensure that Australia has the GP workforce needed to keep Australians healthy with high-quality and accessible treatment in the community.
Some critics claim that this policy is too hospital and doctor focused and will not contain the demand for primary health care and the imbalance between other health professions, particularly pharmacists, needs to be urgently addressed.
The need to retain current pharmacy graduate surpluses is in fact, just as urgent as training extra doctors.
It is simply a waste of resources to not recognise this fact when a pool of highly trained graduate pharmacists could take up some of the primary health care slack.

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