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Pharmacy Guild and NACCHO working together to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

Date posted: 15 November 2017

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focusing on the implementation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pharmacy programs and trials.

NACCHO and the Guild said the MoU is built on the welcome initiatives already announced by the Government under the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement’s Pharmacy Trial Program (Tranche 1 and 2 projects), including improved medication management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through community pharmacist advice and culturally appropriate services.

The MoU strengthens the joint commitment between NACCHO and the Guild to work with Minister Hunt towards progressing enhancement in these areas.

The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, George Tambassis, said the MoU was an important step in improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia.

'Community pharmacies provide very accessible services and in remote and rural areas the community pharmacists may be the only health professional available. Further developing and improving the delivery of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs provided through community pharmacies is a welcome boost in the delivery of healthcare to these communities,' he said.

Pat Turner, Chief Executive Officer of NACCHO acknowledged the extensive effort and resources that both organisations contributed to improve medicine and pharmacy policy over the last 18 months for Aboriginal people. ‘We are delighted that the Guild and NACCHO will be working together with Minister Hunt to continue the Indigenous pharmacy programs and to adopt a number of recommendations that will improve accessibility to medicines for our people to help Close the Gap’ she said.

Source: NACCHO

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Last updated: 22 November 2017
 
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