PSA welcomes re-elected Tasmanian Government

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) congratulates the Tasmanian Liberal Party on their re-election in Tasmania.

PSA Tasmanian Branch President Dr Ella van Tienen congratulated Premier Gutwein and the party on their successful re-election, and said that the PSA is looking forward to continuing to work together to improve health outcomes for Tasmanians.

“Prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, PSA has worked with the Gutwein Government on a number of important measures to ensure pharmacists remained safe and patients could continue to access their medications.”

“We expect this strong relationship to continue.”

Dr van Tienen went on to say that PSA are also looking forward to working with the Tasmanian Government on their pre-election commitments.

“Implementation of the pre-election commitments by the Liberal Government will provide more opportunities for our pharmacists to improve the health and wellness of Tasmanians.”

“Pharmacists should be permitted to administer vaccines under the National Immunisation Program (NIP), as is already the case in other states and territories like Victoria, the ACT, WA, and most recently NSW.”

“PSA also welcomes the scope of practice review that will be undertaken to explore further opportunities for pharmacists and ensure they can practice to their fullest potential.”

PSA will continue to advocate for the government to commit $300,000 to fund a collaborative pharmacist-prescribing pilot in aged care facilities, and to remove barriers to administering prescribed medicines by injection.

“A collaborative prescribing trial between general practitioners and pharmacists is necessary to reduce avoidable hospital admissions. Amendment of Tasmania’s Poisons Regulations 2018 allowing pharmacists to administer lawfully prescribed Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 medicines via injection, will improve the state’s management of patients with complex health conditions.”

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