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Community pharmacy agreements

The 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement between the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia commenced on 1 July 2010 and runs until 30 June 2015.

It recognises the key role played by community pharmacy in primary health care through the delivery of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines and related services.

The PSA provides support for pharmacists in a number of community pharmacy agreement programs, including several carried over from the 4th Agreement.

Clinical interventions

A clinical intervention is the process of identifying a drug related problem and making a recommendation in an attempt to prevent or resolve it.

Continued Dispensing

Continued Dispensing is the supply of an eligible medicine to a consumer under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme when there is an immediate need for that medicine but it is not practicable to obtain a prescription

Dose Administration Aids Service

A dose administration aids service assists in the safe and effective administration of a consumer’s medication and improves adherence. It is a holistic service that covers the packing of dose administration aids (DAAs) and the professional support services provided to ensure the optimal use of DAAs.

MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck

Photograph of Medscheck
The guidelines for pharmacists providing medicines use review (MedsCheck) and diabetes medication management (Diabetes MedsCheck) services have been developed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia for pharmacists providing MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck services under Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement funding arrangements.

Patient Medication Profile Program

This page has information and materials for pharmacists on the Patient Medication Profile (PMP) Program funded under the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

Principles for Community Pharmacy Agreements

PSA believes Community Pharmacy Agreements should be underpinned by the following five principles.

Staged supply services

Staged supply is the process by which pharmacists supply medicines to consumers in periodic instalments of less than the total required or prescribed quantity at agreed intervals.

Pharmacy practice incentive programs

Medication management review

Aboriginal health programs

Other programs

More information about the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement

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