Kate’s experience was part of a larger project in which culturally trained pharmacists were integrated into 22 ACCHSs located in Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.
While the trial is currently being evaluated by JCU researchers, Kate continues to carry out home visits for the health centre’s clients in her capacity as a specialist trained ‘consultant’ pharmacist.
“It can make such a big difference to the patient’s health outcomes when you carry out home visits as you’ve got the time to properly explain how the medications work. I usually spend about an hour in someone’s home and the clients really appreciate it, they tend to relax and feel comfortable talking about their concerns.”
In addition to conducting home visits (called home medicines reviews) for other health services, Kate also keeps busy doing locum work in community pharmacies and has also previously conducted medication reviews for aged care homes.
“Since I’ve become a pharmacist, no two days have been the same. There is just so much diversity to a career as a pharmacist and it’s so rewarding as you really get to see the difference you can make to someone’s health.”
The IPAC (Integrating Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to Improve Chronic Disease Management) project is a collaborative partnership between James Cook University, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).