PSA launches the Foundation of Pharmacists’ training program in residential care for the elderly
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched a new training program to support pharmacists working in residential care for the elderly, as a new emerging role.
The PSA Elderly Care Pharmacist Basic Training Program is an accredited CPD activity that will help Australian pharmacists improve their skills for elder care practice settings.
The course will support the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Quality and Safety of Elderly Care, which focus on ways to improve the quality of drug use and reduce the use of chemical stress.
PSA National President A / Prof Chris Freeman shed light on the new course.
“I am delighted to announce the launch of the PSA Aged Care Foundation training program. This project has been in development for some time and was designed to support a critical area of pharmacist practice, as evidenced by the Royal Commission.
“PSA’s Drug Safety: Be Careful and Drug Safety: Elderly Care reports found that 98% of residents in elderly care have at least one medication-related problem, and more than half are exposed to at least one potentially inappropriate drug.
“Pharmacists working in senior care facilities can help improve the quality of medication use and health outcomes of senior care residents by fully utilizing their clinical knowledge and limiting the incidence of harm. caused by suboptimal or inappropriate use of drugs.
“The Foundation’s training program for the care of the elderly is the only short CPD course available of its kind that focuses specifically on the needs of pharmacists, taking into account their experience as experts in medicines.
“Completion of this course will ensure that pharmacists have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with the elderly, thereby ensuring that pharmacists can better contribute to quality use of drugs in residential care for the elderly. elderly.
“We need all pharmacists to practice fully, and playing a more focused role in residential care for the elderly will be an important step towards improving clinical practice, medication management and safety in this environment. .
“Having more on-site pharmacist time at these facilities improves the quality of resident care and will prevent preventable injury and death, which will reassure residents and their families,” said Professor Freeman.
The PSA believes there is a need for strong clinical leadership in the pharmacy profession, to involve pharmacists in these important areas of practice, and to demonstrate the value of enhanced reviews of medication management.
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