- On October 26, 2018
AMA (NSW) President, Dr Kean-Seng Lim says the expansion of NSW pharmacist vaccination program will result in lost opportunities to deliver quality health care.
“It’s disappointing that the NSW Government has expanded the pharmacist vaccination program, as this will further fragment care.
“We’re relieved the Government has recognised that it’s not appropriate for pharmacists to vaccinate children. Not only are children more complex to vaccinate, but these visits are vital opportunities for GPs to check kids are reaching their developmental milestones.
“A vaccination is more than just about giving someone a needle. It’s a valuable opportunity to provide a holistic health service, taking in all the elements of a patient’s healthcare, including prevention and wellness.
“A quality health system is not just about improving access – it’s about providing continuity of care, coordination of care, and comprehensiveness of care,” said Dr Lim. “Access alone does not improve quality of care.
“This will increase fragmentation across the system, which leads to increased costs. It’s a shortsighted approach.
“Receiving a vaccine from a pharmacist might be convenient, but it’s a lost opportunity for patients to discuss their health with their GP. Men are particularly vulnerable, as they are less prone to be proactive about their health and more likely to reduce regular visits to the doctor.
“You can go to your pharmacist, get a vaccination, and maybe pick up some sundries along the way… or you can visit your general practitioner, get a vaccination, get a proper consultation and the highest possible standard of care available.
“I would encourage Australians to choose the option that will deliver better health outcomes for themselves and their family members now and into the future – choose to visit your GP for vaccinations,” Dr Lim said.
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