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January 31, 2018
Pharmacists have welcomed the launch of the National Asthma Strategy to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of asthma, the peak national body for pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) said today.
Launched by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt MP in Melbourne today, the Strategy informs how healthcare resources can be better coordinated across all levels of government.
The Strategy outlines five objectives with potential areas for action to reduce the impact of this widespread chronic condition, which affects more than 2.5 million people in Australia.
PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said PSA has valued the opportunity to contribute to this Strategy and supports the principles that underpin it: equity, collaboration and partnerships, access, evidence-based, person-centred approaches, sustainability, accountability and transparency, and shared responsibility.
“PSA applauds the Health Minister for launching this new plan, which is strongly supported by Australia’s pharmacy profession,” said Dr Jackson.
“PSA supports the objectives of self-management, best practice asthma care, integration of the health system, supportive community environments, and improved research, evidence and data.”
Dr Jackson said that in areas such as self-management, pharmacists play a key role in supporting patients to manage their asthma in an optimal way. Awareness campaigns can also be undertaken at community pharmacies to enhance self-management activities.
“PSA also looks forward to working jointly on programs that support health professionals including pharmacists to promote best practice asthma care and adherence to guidelines. Pharmacists are well placed to identify gaps in the care of patients with asthma and then support them to have appropriate therapy instituted.
“Developing new and innovative roles for pharmacists in the delivery of asthma care to close the gap between the best available evidence and clinical practice should be a high priority.”
PSA collaborated with the National Asthma Council in 2017 to deliver education and practice resources on thunderstorm asthma to raise awareness of this important health topic in the pharmacy sector.
The Strategy was developed by the National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) in partnership with Asthma Australia, with input from stakeholders including PSA and with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
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