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January 16, 2018
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A new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).
The PSA-ADEA healthcare partnership has enabled the launch of a co-branded, co-endorsed Pharmacist Diabetes Educator career pathway to provide guidance to pharmacists pursuing a career in diabetes education to support people living with diabetes.
PSA National Board Director Teresa Di Franco said: “This MOU will benefit both organisations to enhance diabetes education skills, knowledge, expertise, resources and policies to benefit all people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, their carers and the community.
“The PSA-ADEA collaboration will strengthen the education available to pharmacists working in the area of diabetes education as well as supporting advocacy efforts for Pharmacist Credentialled Diabetes Educators (CDE),” said Ms Di Franco, who is also a Pharmacist CDE.
The main objectives of the MOU include to:
- ensure pharmacists are well supported in providing diabetes education and diabetes services to people living with diabetes
- increase the support, education and training activities available to Pharmacist Diabetes Educators and Pharmacist CDEs
- help networking between Pharmacist CDEs, nationally, through a special interest group
- assist in providing appropriate education and training for pharmacy staff
- assist in building and strengthening relationships between pharmacists, Pharmacist CDEs and the community.
ADEA President Giuliana Murfet welcomed the collaboration: “We know multiple health professionals are required to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide people with diabetes and their carers the best possible outcomes. This involves and is not limited to medical officers, nurses, podiatrists, dieticians, exercise physiologists, psychologists and pharmacists.
“The work that is currently being done with pharmacists is one part of the puzzle in providing the best quality care. We know that all consumers with diabetes will access a pharmacy at some time or another and this is an opportunity to improve the education provided through pharmacies to people with diabetes,” said Ms Murfet.
The Pharmacist Diabetes Educator career pathway will help guide pharmacists, starting from when they are a student, to becoming a Pharmacist CDE and advancing practice in this area.
Mentoring by a Pharmacist CDE in PSA’s market-leading Mentoring Program will also be recognised by ADEA’s credentialling process.
PSA: Brad Watts 0487 922 176
ADEA: Rachel Freeman 0400 021 280
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