Pharmacists in Residential Aged Care Facilities
With an ever-growing aging population, the 2019 ACT PHN needs assessment identified aged care as a health priority for the ACT region. Capital Health Network (CHN), through the ACT PHN Program, has commissioned the University of Canberra (UC) to provide the Pharmacists in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) Program.
This program aims to reduce inappropriate medications, medication-related adverse effects and hospitalisations, as well as improve quality use of medicines indicators such as reducing use of chemical restraints. Embedding pharmacists into RACFs will provide a collaborative service with pharmacists working with residents and their families, RACF staff, nurses, community pharmacists and other health professionals involved in the care of the resident.
The program will be conducted in two phases. Phase one is a randomized control trial which will test the effectiveness of embedding pharmacists into RACFs and will report upon the initial success of the program. Phase two aims to embed pharmacists into RACFs that were in the control group for phase one, as well as additional ACT RACFs who express interest in the program. The Expression of Interest period to participate in phase one of the program is still open, and will open for phase two soon. CHN has convened a Project Governance Group to ensure that the program is safe, high quality and appropriate. For more information about the program and to express an interest click here.