Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot
Victorians living with chronic diseases in four locations in the state’s north will be the first to trial a scheme bringing pharmacists and doctors together to better manage patient illnesses.
The Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot will give eligible patients the freedom to visit their local pharmacy when monitoring and managing their chronic illnesses.
Working under a care plan developed by the GP, pharmacists will provide regular monitoring, dose refinement, earlier intervention and prompt referral back to the GP when necessary.
The program is aimed at easing the current burden on doctors, with more than half of all visits to GPs currently involving the management of at least one chronic condition.
Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the four pilot sites as:
- Alexandra – Alexandra Medical Centre with Alexandra Community Pharmacy
- Kerang – Gannawarra Family Clinic with Terry White Chemist Kerang
- Kilmore – Stepping Stones Medical Centre with Amcal Pharmacy Kilmore
- Whittlesea – Whittlesea Medical Centre with Whittlesea Amcal Pharmacy
Initially only three sites were expected to be named, but this was increased to four based on strong interest from GPs and pharmacies since the expressions of interest period opened in January.
All four sites have demonstrated a strong working relationship between the pharmacies and GP. They are also identified as areas with a high prevalence of chronic disease and would stand to benefit the most from the pilot scheme.
People with chronic conditions such as asthma or high blood pressure will be eligible to take part in the trial.
It will give patients a new convenient option to access the care they need, when they need it, by improving the partnership between pharmacists and doctors.
The Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot is expected to begin in September.
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