Patient safety and access to pharmacist expertise an election priority

With the Victorian election campaign in full swing, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) has urged politicians from all sides to prioritise policies that will improve hospital pharmacy service provision and patient care across the state.

On behalf of its Victorian members, (SHPA) has identified the following as state election priorities:

  1. Continued support for the implementation of electronic medication management (eMM) systems for Victorian public hospitals to improve safety and quality of care received by Victorians.
  2. Investment in opioid stewardship services in all Victorian hospitals with surgical facilities to address opioid prescription and supply.
  3. Continue to support further workforce innovation in clinical pharmacy
  4. Bridge the gap in the delivery of clinical pharmacy services by supporting the provision of clinical pharmacy services across seven days and in Emergency Departments
  5. Recognising pharmacists as medicines experts by involving pharmacists in Victorian health care reform

SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels says many Victorian hospitals are implementing electronic medication management systems in a fragmented approach.

‘Rolling out partial coverage, or running parallel online and paper-based medical records limits the ability of an integrated eMM system to reduce prescribing and dispensing errors.

‘Government support for the implementation of eMM systems for public hospitals is a strategic approach to ensuring the safety and high-quality care of Victorians.’

Ms Michaels says this year’s SafeScript launch in Victoria has rightly put opioid stewardship in the spotlight.

‘Evidence tells us establishing opioid stewardship services in all Victorian hospitals with surgical facilities is the next logical investment to help address issues surrounding opioid prescription and supply.

‘Regarding the services more broadly, we know increased access to pharmacists as medicines experts reduces risk of medicine-related error, harm and hospital readmission, and we urge all engaged parties to supporting the provision of clinical pharmacy services across seven days and in Emergency Departments.’

Supporting clinical pharmacy innovation and recognising hospital pharmacists as essential medicines experts will also help ongoing reform of the Victorian health system, Ms Michaels says.

View SHPA Victorian State Election Priorities 2018

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