PSA welcomes new South Australian Government
Monday 21st March 2022
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) South Australian Branch welcomes the election of Peter Malinauskas as the Premier of South Australia.
PSA SA Branch President, Robyn Johns, welcomed Mr Malinauskas’ appointment.
“I congratulate the incoming government on their success at the election, and PSA looks forward to a positive and productive relationship with the Premier and Health Minister going forward.
“As we transition back to normality, it is crucial that the incoming government continue to implement measures which would improve the health and wellbeing of South Australians, like the recommendations PSA has recently provided.
“These recommendations include embedding pharmacists in residential aged care facilities, enabling pharmacists to administer medicines by injection with an expanded range of vaccines, providing funding to employ pharmacists in Aboriginal Health Clinics across the state, and employing transition of care pharmacists in all South Australian hospitals.
“Of these recommendations, raising the standard of care for vulnerable residents in the state’s aged care facilities is of particular importance to us.
“Embedding pharmacists in aged care is the obvious solution to addressing longstanding issues like polypharmacy and chemical restraint in aged care facilities and their involvement in these settings has proven beneficial to the aged care sector as a whole.”
She went on to thank the outgoing Premier, Steven Marshall, for his dedication to improving outcomes for South Australian pharmacists and patients.
“PSA thanks Mr Marshall for his support of pharmacists and South Australia’s healthcare system throughout his tenure.
“His collaboration with key leaders like Professor Nicola Spurrier has played a critical role in keeping South Australians safe during the pandemic, and keeping the COVID-19 infection rate low for such a long period of time.
“PSA also thanks the outgoing Health Minister, Stephen Wade, for our positive and collaborative relationship with the SA Department of Health.
“We wish them and their families all the very best for the future,” Ms Johns said.
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