6Th Community Pharmacy Agreement
The 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement (6CPA) is a national agreement between the Australian Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. This agreement outlines the funding and services that community pharmacies will provide over the next five years.
The 6CPA includes a range of initiatives aimed at improving patient outcomes and supporting community pharmacies. One of the key initiatives is the continuation of the Pharmacy Programs Administrator (PPA), which manages a range of programs, including the Community Service Obligation (CSO) funding. CSO funding ensures that all Australians, regardless of where they live, have access to essential medicines and pharmacy services.
The 6CPA also includes funding for a range of professional services that community pharmacies can provide. These services include medication management, vaccinations, and support for patients with chronic conditions. By expanding the role of community pharmacies, the 6CPA aims to improve patient outcomes and reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
Another key initiative under the 6CPA is the introduction of electronic prescriptions. This will allow patients to receive and manage their prescriptions digitally, reducing the need for paper prescriptions. Electronic prescriptions will also improve the efficiency of the dispensing process and reduce the risk of medication errors.
The 6CPA also includes funding for research and development, aimed at improving the quality and safety of pharmaceuticals. This funding will support the development of new drugs and technologies, as well as research into the appropriate use of existing medicines.
In addition to these initiatives, the 6CPA includes a range of measures to support the ongoing viability of community pharmacies. This includes funding for infrastructure upgrades, such as improving dispensing facilities and expanding the range of products and services offered by pharmacies.
Overall, the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement represents a significant investment in the future of community pharmacy. By expanding the role of pharmacies and improving patient outcomes, the 6CPA aims to ensure that community pharmacies remain a vital part of the healthcare system.