14th NRHC Recommendation

Rural and remote health would benefit from the more effective integration of pharmacy services into health care delivery. Examples of this have been demonstrated for example through:
- telepharmacy trial on hospital discharge in Atherton
- mechanisms to get pharmacists working with Aboriginal Health Services to increase medication knowledge and compliance. There are various funding models currently available to support this depending on local circumstances.

Cost savings and health benefits of these interventions have quickly become apparent when utilised.
WHAT - Collate evidence and models into working resource document for health services to access and use in planning.
WHEN - When it can be done, but the evidence is there.

From Session C4 Medicines in Primary Care

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Staffing models need to move from being based on OBDs to looking at the total population - evidence based best practice for medication management should not be restricted to inside the hospital walls -let's work to support patients receiving timely and appropriate care in their homes and local communities

Telepharmacy medication reviews need to be mbs funded. Pharmacists need to be recognised as professionals and clinicians and need to be mbs funded for consults as all the other allied health professionals are. pharmacists can add so much to care by being a fully integrated allied health professional in gp practices especially in aboriginal controlled health services - pharmacists can save lives