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The Department of Health and Aged Care has announced a $345.7 million investment to improve medication management and safety for aged care residents through the provision of on-site pharmacists and community pharmacy services. This is in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
This new model of care integrates on-site pharmacists into residential aged care facilities as part of facilities care teams. On-site pharmacists work alongside facility staﬀ and conduct activities to improve medication management. In addition, on-site pharmacists work to enhance collaboration and communication with residential aged care residents and family members, staﬀ, GPs and other prescribers.
On-site pharmacists in residential aged care includes the following suite of projects.
2024 to 2026
Implementing and scaling up the on-site pharmacist model in residential aged care into regional, rural and remote RACFs through a co-design process that develops quality indicators for resident-focused and facility level outcomes. This will lead to a refinement of the model and identification of the facilitators and barriers that impact on implementation and sustainability of the model of care.
This project is funded by Medical Research Future Fund.
Phase 1 of the study is a randomised controlled trial.
Phase 2 that generated robust evidence on the eﬀect of having on-site pharmacists in residential aged care facilities on a range of quality use of medicines indicators. This phase of the study was completed in September 2022 and ﬁndings were be released in Feb 2023.
Phase 2 of the study which evaluates the implementation materials will conclude in May 2023.
Resources to support RACFs and pharmacists to implement the service and the study evaluation report can be found on the Capital Health Network ACT website.
Haider I, Kosari S, Naunton M, Niyonsenga T, Peterson GM, Koerner J, Davey R. Quality Use of Medicines Indicators and Associated Factors in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Baseline Findings from the Pharmacists in RACF Study in Australia. J Clin Med. 2022 Sep 1;11(17):5189. doi: 10.3390/jcm11175189. PMID: 36079117; PMCID: PMC9457045.
Batten M, Kosari S, Koerner J, Naunton M, Cargo M. Evaluation approaches, tools and aspects of implementation used in pharmacist interventions in residential aged care facilities: A scoping review. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022 Oct;18(10):3714-3723. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2022.05.006. Epub 2022 May 10. PMID: 35581128.
Kosari S, Koerner J, Naunton M, Peterson GM, Haider I, Lancsar E, Wright D, Niyonsenga T, Davey R. Integrating pharmacists into aged care facilities to improve the quality use of medicine (PiRACF Study): protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2021 Jun 11;22(1):390. doi: 10.1186/s13063-021-05335-0. PMID: 34116708; PMCID: PMC8193166.
For Resources, videos and publications please visit the Goodwin website.
Kosari S, McDerby N, Thomas J, Naunton M. Quality use of medicines in aged care facilities: A need for new models of care. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2018 Aug;43(4):591-593. doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12714. Epub 2018 May 20. PMID: 29781222
McDerby NC, Kosari S, Bail KS, Shield AJ, MacLeod T, Peterson GM, Naunton M (2020). The role of a residential aged care pharmacist: Findings from a pilot study. Australian Journal on Ageing. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12784
McDerby N, Kosari S, Bail K, Shield A, Peterson G, Naunton M (2020). Residential Aged Care Pharmacist: An Australian Pilot Trial Exploring the Impact on Quality Use of Medicines Indicators. Medicines, 7(4). doi: 10.3390/medicines7040020
McDerby N, Kosari S, Bail K, Shield A, Peterson G, Naunton M. (2019). The effect of a residential care pharmacist on medication administration practices in aged care: A controlled trial. Journal of Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, 44, 595-602. doi:doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12822
McDerby N, Kosari S, Bail K, Shield A, Thorpe R, Naunton M. (2019). Residential care pharmacists: another hole plugged in the Swiss cheese. Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. doi: 10.1002/jppr.1513
McDerby NC, Kosari S, Bail KS, Shield AJ, MacLeod T, Peterson GM, Naunton M. (2019). Pharmacist-led influenza vaccination services in residential aged care homes: A pilot study. Australasian Journal on Ageing., 38(2), 132-135. doi:doi: 10.1111/ajag.12611
McDerby N, Naunton M, Shield A, Bail K, Kosari S. (2018). Feasibility of Integrating Residential Care Pharmacists into Aged Care Homes to Improve Quality Use of Medicines: Study Protocol for a Non-Randomised Controlled Pilot Trial. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15030499.
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