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Hire pharmacists for aged care facilities: royal commission submission

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is calling for a national program that would see pharmacists embedded in aged care facilities.

A report by PSA shows that 98 per cent of aged care residents have at least one medicine-related incident and 50 per cent are taking one inappropriate medicine.

The PSA national president Dr Chris Freeman argues that regular access to pharmacists, for residents and clinicians, will help tackle medical mismanagement and related harm.

“The health of the aged care sector matters a great deal to pharmacists and many pharmacists already contribute to activities and services to improve resident safety and system changes impacting on quality and safety in aged care facilities,” he said.

In a submission to the royal commission, the PSA also called for greater education for the aged care workforce as well as residential medication management reviews.

Freeman joins Aged Care Insite to discuss how embedding pharmacists in aged care would work.

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