Key messages

  • General practitioners will be directing care in collaboration with trained pharmacists to help Victorians manage their chronic disease and medication more effectively.
  • Based on a personalised care plan developed with their GP, consumers with chronic disease will have their condition closely monitored by their pharmacist, who regularly consults with their GP about progress and care.
  • Victorians living with chronic diseases in four sites in the state’s north will be the first to trial the pilot.
  • The four sites selected to the pilot have demonstrated a strong working relationship between pharmacies and GPs and are identified as areas of need with a high prevalence of chronic disease.

On 26 November 2015, the Minister for Health announced the Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot.

During the 18-month pilot pharmacists and GPs will work collaboratively to help consumers manage chronic disease and medication more effectively. Guided by a care plan developed by a GP, appropriately trained pharmacists will provide regular dose monitoring, dose refinement, earlier intervention and prompt referral to GPs to resolve issues associated with consumers' chronic diseases and medication.

The pilot will also explore the best way to coordinate chronic disease management between GPs, pharmacists and consumers.

Successful sites

On 19 July 2017, the Minister for Health announced the following four successful sites:

  • Alexandra Medical Centre, in partnership with Alexandra Community Pharmacy
  • Gannawarra Family Clinic, in partnership with Terry White Chemist Kerang
  • Stepping Stones Medical Centre, in partnership with Amcal Pharmacy Kilmore
  • Whittlesea Medical Centre, in partnership with Whittlesea Amcal Pharmacy.

Initially only three sites were expected to be named, but this was increased to four based on strong interest from GPs and pharmacies since the expression of interest opened on 9 January 2017.

The pilot is expected to begin in September this year.

Please contact Workforce Innovation and Reform team at the Department of Health and Human Services if you have any more questions regarding the pilot.

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