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PD breaking news – PSA NSW election proposals to save $12m

Branch calls for medicinal cannabis program, community liaison pharmacists. 

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) NSW branch has released its 2015 election manifesto, which it says would make up to $12m available to reinvest elsewhere in the health system.

The proposals call for the introduction of Community Liaison Pharmacists attached to public hospitals with an emergency department, to reduce medication misadventure and readmissions by improving discharge processes and post-discharge patient management.

The manifesto also calls for investment in a medicinal cannabis program, with set up costs of $250,000 to provide for compliance with storage and setup requirements, consultation facilities, and credential training.

Other proposals include $9m investment over five years to embed pharmacists in community mental health teams in each Local Health District in the state, as well as the implementation of a state-wide electronic recording and reporting of controlled drugs system, and a training and familiarisation program for pharmacists.

The manifesto was been sent out to politicians yesterday, the PSA said.

For more, see tomorrow’s Pharmacy Daily.


The above Breaking News Alert was sent to Pharmacy Daily subscribers on 19 Feb 15

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