The 6CPA and Home Medicines Review Funding

The sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) has been signed and is intended to take effect from 1 July 2015. A copy of the 6CPA has been made available on the Pharmacy Guild’s website.   As previously reported, professional services funding will … Read More

Professional Services Funding to Double in 6CPA

Reports today suggest that funding for professional services in the sixth community pharmacy agreement (6CPA) will increase to $1.26 billion over 5 years, double that of the 5CPA. It is unclear at this stage how much of this will be allocated … Read More

Support for expanded pharmacist role within super clinics

Both patients and doctors could benefit from greater pharmacist involvement within super clinics, a study suggests. The study, which involved a series of interviews with super clinic staff, suggests there is a broad level of support among clinic staff for extending the pharmacist’s role in areas … Read More

HMR Funding Boost on Guild Agenda

Courtesy of Chris Brooker at Pharmacy News: Guild national president George Tambassis said the Guild would seek to lift the cap limit on programs such as MedsChecks and Home Medicine Reviews in line with a rise in the dedicated funding … Read More

Room for improvement in frequency of HMR referrals

Courtesy of Christie Moffat at Pharmacy News: Australian researchers found that less than half of 180 GPs surveyed had participated in HMRs, and that the lowest frequency of specific HMR behaviours related to discussion between GPs and pharmacists. She continues: … Read More

6CPA should be funded by MBS

In it’s latest Budget Submission, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) has joined the PSA in calling for future funding for home medicines reviews (HMRs) to be paid out of the Medicare Benefits Schedule instead of the 6CPA. They have also … Read More

PSA President calls for removal of HMRs from 6CPA

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) President Grant Kardachi has recommended that pharmacist funding for the HMR and RMMR programs be removed from the 6CPA and instead included on the MBS schedule. The PSA believes a capped, five-year funding agreement is … Read More

PSA calls for increased HMR funding in 6CPA

In a recent submission paper entitled ‘Solutions for an effective 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA)’, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has called for increased funding and better arrangements for HMRs and RMMRs. It argues that consumers are missing out on … Read More

MR Assist Launches HMR Software

MR Assist has today beta launched its new software for accredited pharmacists, general practitioners (GPs) and clinics to alleviate the administrative burden associated with completing home medicines reviews (HMRs). The cloud-based software facilitates secure sharing of HMR referrals between GP … Read More