Preparing pharmacists to work in general practice

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The Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) has been expanded to include pharmacists from January 2020, fostering a true team-based approach to patient care.

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced changes to streamline the General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) and the Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP). The changes will be rolled into a single Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) as part of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

The WIP has been expanded to include pharmacists from January 2020, fostering a true team-based approach to patient care in line with Patient Centred Medical Home principles. This expansion will give pharmacists more opportunities to work in general practice undertaking medication reviews, providing medication advice to patients, conducting clinical audits and providing education to practice staff.

There is new training available to educate and equip pharmacists to work in general practice and improve health outcomes for patients. The training is now available from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) here.