The National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) welcomes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA).
NAC Chair, Dr Joanna Wriedt says the strong relationships the NAC has with PSA as a member body and with SHPA as a valued stakeholder will be boosted by the Memorandum. Both organisations endorse the NAC’s national treatment guidelines for asthma – the Australian Asthma Handbook – and both were involved in the development of the National Asthma Strategy.
‘The new partnership between PSA and SHPA not only promises to strengthen pharmacist and pharmacy technician representation across the nation but also heralds a new era in the delivery of expert care for Australians with asthma,’ said Dr Wriedt.
‘As a leading authority for asthma we recognise the pivotal role pharmacists and technicians play in helping people with asthma to breathe well. We look forward to the opportunity this presents for all three organisations to enhance support for pharmacists to provide the highest standard of asthma care across professional settings.’
Dr Wriedt added that individual members of both organisations will continue to be actively involved in the NAC’s work, including development of the Handbook and professional education programs, and as members of the influential Pharmacists’ Asthma Advisory Group.
NAC will continue to support pharmacists’ clinical skills and development through the Australian Asthma Handbook, its continuing professional education program and a range of practitioner and patient resources available at www.nationalasthma.org.au.
For further information or an interview with a National Asthma Council Australia spokesperson, please contact:
Lelde McCoy, The Reputation Group