The Andrews Labor Government has selected the Whittlesea town-ship as one of the four pilot sites for the new Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management pilot.

Whittlesea Amcal Pharmacy and Whittlesea Medical Centre will work closely together to help patients manage their chronic illnesses and medication.

Due to strong interest in participating in the pilot from GPs and pharmacies, four sites have been selected, an increase from the previously announced three sites.

The selected pilot sites are located in areas that have been identified as having an increased prevalence of chronic disease and would most benefit from the pilot program.

An extensive selection process occurred where the pharmacies and GPs selected demonstrated a strong working relationship.

Chronic diseases place a significant burden on Victorian communities with more than half of all visits to GPs currently involving the management of at least one chronic condition.

Many of these visits involve routine tasks, such as making dose adjustments, rather than diagnosing new conditions.

The other pilot sites are

  • Kerang – Gannawarra Family Clinic with Terry White Chemist Kerang
  • Kilmore – Stepping Stones Medical Centre with Amcal Pharmacy Kilmore
  • Alexandra – Alexandra Medical Centre with Alexandra Community Pharmacy

By improving the collaboration between pharmacists and GPs, families will have a new convenient option to access the healthcare they need, when they need it and close to home.

Quotes attributable to Danielle Green, Member for Yan Yean

“Chronic disease is a huge burden on our communities – more than half of patients at a GP are there because of a chronic condition.

“We want patients to be able to look to their trusted and skilled pharmacists for routine queries, so we can take the pressure off doctors and medical clinics.”

“I know that Dr Brian Murphy and his team and the great staff at Lauren Oakley-Abbott’s Pharmacy have a strong bond and will work together for the benefit of their patients and to service our local community.”