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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A Workforce Addition - adherence support workers

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Rollo Manning, a pharmacist based in the Northern Territory, has called for a workforce addition to supplement the pharmacists’ role in improving Aboriginal health.

The use of support workers to enhance the understanding Aboriginal people have of medicines and where they fit into chronic disease treatment regimes has been advocated by Rollo.

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Rollo Manning, is a pharmacist with 13 years experience in Aboriginal health and has prepared a Discussion Paper titled:

A pharmacy contribution to Close the Gap.

ADHERENCE SUPPORT WORKERS for remote Aboriginal communities

The paper calls to “Take Medicines Seriously – it’s a prescription for life”

The concept of Adherence Support Workers is seen as an opportunity for the pharmacy profession to make an innovative contribution to the “Close the Gap” initiative to reduce the 17 year gap in the life expectancy of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The proposed Australian initiative follows an African example for putting more human resources into the fight against disease – HIV/AIDS in Africa - and chronic diseases in the Australian context among remote living Aboriginal people. “The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is spending $40 million a year on medicines to remote Aboriginal community health centres but there is evidence to suggest little of it is being taken in accordance with the prescriber’s recommendations”, according to Rollo Manning.

“Pharmacists in general have failed in terms of involvement with primary health care and this initiative will allow them to have an agent for change at the community level”, he said.

The Discussion Paper along with a survey for opinion of others to the concept can be accessed through

http://www.guild.org.au/uploadedfiles/Rural_Pharmacy/Grants_and_Scholarships/ASW_Discusssion%20Paper.pdf

Funds are being sought to trial Adherence Support Workers in the Katherine Region in the Northern Territory.

In summary, Rollo says, "I will welcome you feedback to the survey linked in the Discussion Paper.
Any suggestions for positions in a pilot welcomed.
Any suggestions re funding opportunities to make it happem even more welcomed."

For more information contact

Rollo Manning

0411 049 872 or 08 8942 2101 Email: rollom@iinet.net.au

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