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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : February 2005
What do you think of the Home Medicines Review program? P HARMACISTS are being asked for their views on the Home Medicines Review (HMR) program— also known as the Domiciliary Medication Management (DMMR) program—through a national survey. The survey will involve both community pharmacies and also pharmacists who are accredited to conduct medication reviews. Please take this opportunity to put on record your opinions and experiences in connection with HMR. The survey is part of an evaluation of the HMR program that has been commissioned by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. It is being undertaken by research firm Urbis Keys Young. The purpose of the evaluation is to clarify the effectiveness of the HMR program, including the MMR care environment undeniably abound. They are there now and they certainly can only increase in line with the increas- ing ageing population. The worth of such pharmacists operating in a hands-on way in the area of residential aged care through RMMRs, and in more recent times in the home medicines area has been identified and reinforced through national and international research show- ing both positive health outcomes and Facilitator Program, from a pharmacy perspective. The evaluation will assist the Guild and the Government in making decisions about future objectives and funding of the program. The survey will be mailed by the Guild to all its member pharmacies, and by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) to accredited pharmacists. The survey will also be available online via the Guild (www.guild.org.au) or the AACP (www.aacp.com.au). Pharmacists who participate in the survey will go into a draw for a cash prize of $1,000. If you have any queries relating to this survey please contact Josh Fear at Urbis Keys Young on (02) 8233 9911 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. cost savings. The current evaluation of the HMR program will hopefully add to this evidence and that a Fourth Commu- nity Pharmacy Agreement will expand the programs, and confirm, recognise and appropriately reward their worth. Accredited consultant pharmacists spe- cialising in the aged care environment are essential participants in the provision of cost effective service provision. They are there to counsel the patient; to provide the AACP Accredited Pharmacists’Forum at APP 2005 Clinical Skills for MMRs—9.00am to 5.15pm on Thursday, 3 March D ON’T forget to register for the forum—places are strictly limited so early bookings are essential. Forum topics include: • Falls and medication management; • Treatment options for patients with osteoporosis; • Relationship management and interprofessional communication; • The role of guidelines—myth, realities and patient selection for HRT; • Dose Administration Aids and MMRs; • Laboratory tests interpretation; and • Panel session: case-based approach to falls prevention in the older person. The speakers include Dr Paul Varghese (Director of Geriatric Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD), Dr Lisa Nissen (Lecturer, UQ), Jeff Hughes (clinical pharmacist), John Boyle (organisation psychologist), Gerard Stevens (consultant pharmacist) and Geraldine Moses (clinical pharmacist). You can register for the forum (and for APP itself) via the official APP Brochure and Registration Form or through the APP website (www.app2005.com). Numbers for the forum are limited so to avoid disappointment, register as soon as possible. And don’t forget to register separately with AACP for the AACP cocktail party to be held straight after the Forum. Attendees are welcome to join the presenters, members of the AACP Board, National Advisory Group and other consultant pharmacists at an informal get-together. Contact Regina on (02) 6270 1873 or email@example.com to register. The AACP forum is sponsored by PDL, Bristol Myers Squibb, Therapeutic Guidelines and Webstercare. recommendations to prescribers, care- givers and nursing staff; to review patients’ medications; provide in-service educational programs; to provide optimal therapeutic outcomes; and reduce med- ication-related problems, and so on. Never more than now has this been the case and they truly are patient advocates for the aged population. And in the words of Binyon: ‘They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.’ Like our returned veterans, we cer- tainly owe our aged that much at least— but we can do a lot more as we have been challenged to do. References: 1. Productivity Commission. Eco- nomic Implications of an Ageing Australia, Draft Research Report. Productivity Commission, Can- berra, 2004. 2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia’s Health 2004. Canberra, 2004. 3. Classifying Age Groups at Medscape Pharma- cists www.medscape.com/viewarticle/495441 accessed 5 January 2005. 4. Kane RL, Ouslander JG, Abrass IB. Essentials of clinical geriatrics, 5th ed. New Jersey: McGraw Hill, 2004. ¦ The AJP thanks the Pharmacy Guild of Australia for its support in the development of this column THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL.86 FEBRUARY 2005 ? 87