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Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update

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18 August 2017

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update

The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met on Wednesday 2 August in Wellington. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild also taking responsibility for organising CPLF meetings.

CPLF represents the strengthening of community pharmacy’s voice and fronts industry leadership. The forum also focuses on how the profession continues to advocate for the delivery of people centred care within local communities.

This month’s meeting provided the opportunity to discuss a number of key sector issues. CPLF Chair, Graeme Blanchard, said “CPLF discussed how community pharmacy could work with ACC to support their strength and balance initiatives which aim to reduce falls. We agree that there are opportunities here for community pharmacy, including demonstrating how a focus on effective medicine management can help to reduce falls.

Members of CPLF have recently made submissions regarding the inclusion of pharmacists as ACC Treatment Providers. Midlands Community Pharmacy Group has also secured a contract with ACC which aims to increase access to strength and balance programmes for the older population in their DHB region. CPLF will continue to progress work in this area.

“CPLF are keen to contribute to, and progress initiatives aimed at delivering more integrated primary care services. We believe the new organisation that is being established by combining General Practice New Zealand and the Primary Health Alliance will create opportunities to increase engagement between community pharmacy, general practice, and other primary health care providers. Regarding implementing these opportunities, CPLF will be providing a combined response to the Primary Health Alliance’s document ‘One team, many businesses: Supporting delivery of the 2016 New Zealand Health Strategy’.

“CPLF is also focused on ownership regulation and will be looking to work closely with health officials to shape this policy. The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand earlier this year released their position on ownership regulation and CPLF is in agreement with their opposition to the Government’s current deregulation proposals. CPLF will be working together to ensure the essence of community pharmacy in New Zealand is preserved and focussed on maintaining convenient access for our communities, and that patient safety continues to be at the core of all service delivery.

“Additionally, the group discussed the development of the next CPSA, the recent PHARMAC NRT and ECP funding proposal, codeine monitoring, and the benefit to both pharmacy and patients of nationally consistent contracts, for example regarding waste management systems. CPLF will be further investigating and pursuing these opportunities.” ENDS

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