Integrating Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to Improve Chronic Disease Management (IPAC) study is a collaborative partnership between James Cook University, The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

This project will explore if including a pharmacist as part of the team within Aboriginal community controlled health services (ACCHSs) leads to:

  • improvements in the quality of the care received
  • improvements in prescribing by doctors
  • if patients are more likely to take their medicines
  • if indicators of health are improving over time

Practice pharmacists will:

  • provide relevant healthcare activities to patients.
  • provide education and training to staff
  • improve relations with community pharmacies to overcome barriers that patients may face in accessing medicines
  • assist in managing medications at transitions of care (such as discharge from hospital).

The project runs until 2020 in 22 ACCHO sites in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, James Cook University, NACCHO and its Affiliates.

It is funded under the Australian Government 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement.

To find out more about the IPAC project, please contact Alice or Fran at IPAC@naccho.org.au

Dr Dawn Casey, NACCHO Deputy CEO (right) and Deb Bowden, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (left) sign an agreement to commence work on the IPAC project in January, 2018

IPAC pharmacists undergo cultural and project training ready to begin work embedded in ACCHOs in August, 2018

Pharmacist films