COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network recently announced $340,000 in funding to support four local general practices in the integration of a pharmacist as part of their care teams.
Through this funding, SENSW PHN was looking to support improved practice capacity and heightened quality patient care by promoting a team based care approach. Ultimately, the funding supports the integration of pharmacist as part of the care team by developing strong working relationships with both general practice and community pharmacy; and assist practices to support vulnerable patients and reduce potentially preventable hospitalisations.
This initiative extends on COORDINARE’s Patient Centred Medical Home Innovation Project (PCMH), which included a pilot within South Eastern NSW to include a consultant pharmacist within general practice.
Four practices in the PHN have been funded for this integration project:
- Woonona Medical Practice – will work with a pharmacist to assist in the management of medication for adult patients of the practice who are recognised at risk of medication-related harm. These include patients who have recently taken high-risk medicines to support a short-term treatment and those with recognised risk factors.
- Queen Street Medical Centre (Moruya) – will work with a pharmacist in three practices (Queen Street, Broulee and Tuross Head). They will hold “Better Medicines” clinics with patients to improve their quality use of medicines and will focus in particular on patients already needing clinics to support their conditions. The pharmacist will also train GPs and nursing staff on the quality use of medicines as well as supporting hospital discharge summaries and working closely with Residential Aged Care Facilities.
- Main Street Medical Centre (Merimbula) – will work with a pharmacist to focus on identifying patients with multiple, unnecessary or dated medications to reduce potential harm to the patient and costs to the patient and the communities. The pharmacist will also support the medication of patients discharged from hospital and will review patients prescribed controlled drugs, including consideration of alternative medicines.
- Queanbeyan GP Super Clinic – will work with the pharmacist on projects to improve the way patients manage their medications. One of the targeted groups is patients discharged from hospital with an added aim of reducing readmission due to medication issues. Another focus will be on patients who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and increasing opportunity for their improved health outcomes. The pharmacist will also work with older patients on their medicine compliance.