Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP will officially open the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) national conference PSA19 in Sydney on Friday 26 July.
PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman said that PSA had an excellent working relationship with Minister Hunt and the Coalition Government and was very pleased that he accepted the invitation to speak at PSA19.
“The Government has made many commitments to PSA, most notably declaring medicine safety a National Health Priority Area and announcing that PSA would be a signatory to the upcoming 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement (7CPA),” he said.
“We look forward to Minister Hunt speaking on these topics and more broadly on how the pharmacy profession can work with Government on improving the health outcomes of all Australians.”
The theme of PSA19 is Pharmacists in 2023: unlocking your opportunities. This remains PSA’s focus – advocating for expanded roles, improved recognition and fairer remuneration for pharmacists as the custodians of medicine safety.
Leading into the 7CPA, community pharmacy is one of the best placed settings to deliver on primary healthcare advancements and preventative health.
“We will be calling on the Government to clearly recognise the role that community pharmacy has in primary healthcare and now more than ever commit to investing in the key role of community pharmacy as vital primary healthcare settings,” Dr Freeman said.
“PSA and the pharmacy profession look forward to hearing from Minister Hunt at next week’s conference and to continuing to work with the Coalition Government on improving the health outcomes of all Australians.”