The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has today released Australians stay healthier: PSA’s call to action on chronic disease, a document which highlights that chronic disease and our ageing population are placing increasing demands and pressures on Australia’s health system.
National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the document is being released in the lead-up to the Federal election and urged all politicians, candidates and health stakeholders to read it.
“Chronic diseases account for 70% of all health expenditure in Australia and cause 50% of all deaths with more than 7 million Australians suffering from a chronic disease,” Mr Kardachi said.
“Consumers want more from governments for their health dollar and pharmacists have answers – and we’re ready for the challenge.
“Australia spends over $16 billion each year on medicines or around $700 for every man, woman and child in Australia – every year.
“We believe that pharmacists can do more to improve the health of the Australian community, particularly with regard to chronic disease. For example, all consumers deserve to access a medication management service when they need it and where they need it.”
Mr Kardachi said chronic diseases, or long-term conditions including diabetes, asthma, heart disease and mental illness, were placing increasing demands on the healthcare system, leading to significant healthcare costs associated with medicines, diagnostic services, aged care, medical services and in particular, hospital expenses.
“Community pharmacies are uniquely placed within Australian communities, and are increasingly being recognised as a hub for preventive health activities.”
“We need the health system to work smarter and make better use of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge.”
Mr Kardachi said Australians stay healthier: PSA’s call to action on chronic disease challenged outdated notions of pharmacists’ roles and presented viable and forward-looking solutions.