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Easing The Burden Of Chronic Disease

Victorians living with chronic diseases in four locations in the state’s north will be the first to trial a scheme bringing pharmacists and doctors together to better manage patient illnesses.

The Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot will give eligible patients the freedom to visit their local pharmacy when monitoring and managing their chronic illnesses.

Working under a care plan developed by the GP, pharmacists will provide regular monitoring, dose refinement, earlier intervention and prompt referral back to the GP when necessary.

The program is aimed at easing the current burden on doctors, with more than half of all visits to GPs currently involving the management of at least one chronic condition.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today announced the four pilot sites as:

  • Alexandra – Alexandra Medical Centre with Alexandra Community Pharmacy
  • Kerang – Gannawarra Family Clinic with Terry White Chemist Kerang
  • Kilmore – Stepping Stones Medical Centre with Amcal Pharmacy Kilmore
  • Whittlesea – Whittlesea Medical Centre with Whittlesea Amcal Pharmacy

Continue reading the full media release on the Premier of Victoria website

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