This collaborative approach is intended to streamline healthcare delivery, reduce patient travel and wait times, and ensure timely access to necessary medications for residents of aged care homes.
The government will also permit pharmacists to prescribe antibiotics for women experiencing uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
While pharmacists have welcomed the initiative as a valuable opportunity to improve healthcare access, some doctors have expressed different opinions.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) Tasmanian president, GP John Saul, called for more detailed information on the pilot program.
“At least this will strengthen the arrangement, and collaboration between good quality community pharmacists and local GPs has a lot of merit and a lot of benefits,” Dr Saul told ABC news.
“There’s a real risk…that we’re not treating urinary tract infections, we’re just treating the symptoms.”
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