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QLD pharmacies to gain exclusive access to dementia-friendly pharmacy training

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch has successfully acquired funding as part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing Queensland: An Age-Friendly Community Grants Program to enable pharmacies to become dementia friendly.

The Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program will recruit 30 pharmacies across Queensland to ensure people living with dementia and their carers can be supported by teams of specially trained pharmacists and pharmacy staff.

Dementia affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and interferes with their day-to-day life.

Queensland Guild Education and Workplace Relations State Manager, Kathy Knack, said pharmacies are well placed to support the growing number of people affected by dementia.

“Dementia is the second leading cause of death and forecasts show that over one million people will be living with dementia by 2058,” Ms Knack said.

“Pharmacies play an important role in the support network for those living with dementia and their carers.

“The Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program will help pharmacy staff to gain more awareness and understanding of the disease of dementia, and create a supportive environment to assist people with dementia and their carers.”

Fully subsidised resources will be available for pharmacy staff, including self-paced learning modules, a pharmacy-specific dementia friendly checklist, resource kit, promotional pack and advertising support through the Guild.

This exclusive program will be offered to 30 pharmacies only. For more information and to register a pharmacy’s interest in the program by 31 May, visit guild.org.au/education.

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