Announcing Better Medicines clinics with our new practice pharmacist

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our clinical pharmacist Ms Joanne McMahon to provide medication-related advice to patients at no charge. Jo will work closely with our doctors at our practices in Moruya and Broulee conducting our our new ‘Better Medicines’ clinics – aiming to help patients to improve their use of medicines.

According to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) January 2019 report “Medicine Safety: Take Care” problems with medications can occur at anytime during their use, including when the decision is made to use a medicine, during dispensing, and while using the medicine. The report states “Use of medications is the most common intervention we make in healthcare, which means that problems with medication use are also common.”

Jo will work closely with IRT Moruya and Banksia Lodge residential aged care facilities to identify and prevent a range of medication-related problems, working towards improved health outcomes and reduced hospitalisations for residents. She will also liaise with our hospitals to support patients upon discharge with their medications. The PSA report states that changes to medications during a hospital stay are common, ” yet only 1 in 5 changes made in the medication regime during hospital admission were explained in the discharge summary“.

Our pharmacist will also provide additional education for doctors and nurses on the quality use of medicines.

Our practice was one of four in our region to be granted commonwealth government funding to support the integration of a non-dispensing pharmacist into general practice.

In announcing this funding today, CEO of Coordinare, Dianne Kitcher said this funding is an extention of the Patient Centred Medical Home innovation project.

“All local care providers in the region were invited to submit an Expression of Interest and we congratulate our four successful applicants,” said Ms Kitcher.

Who should attend a Better Medicines Clinic?

You are likely to benefit from a consultation with pharmacist Jo McMahon if:

  • You are currently taking five or more medications
  • There has been significant changes in your medication treatment regime in the last three months
  • You have or had symptoms suggestive of an adverse drug reaction
  • You see a number of different GPs or specialists
  • You are receiving palliative care treatment
  • You have been recently discharged from hospital in the last four weeks
  • Also see this PSA report summary

Your doctor will be happy to arrange a consultation with Jo our pharmacist. On the day, the consultation with Jo will be followed by an appointment with your doctor.

About our pharmacist

Jo McMahon has been an accredited consultant Home Medicine Review (HMR) pharmacist since 2001. She has 10 years’ experience providing quality use of medicines (QUM) education to GPs and other health professionals in south east NSW. She maintains her position as a casual pharmacist with both Eurobodalla hospitals as well as providing QUM consultancy services to three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and three aged care facilities. She holds a formal academic qualification in Dementia care.

Image: Excerpt from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia January 2019 report Medicine Safety: Take Care. Canberra PSA