Pharmacists have a vital role to play in patient care in HIV, viral hepatitis and sexual health.
Prescriptions for HIV and hepatitis B medicines, written after 1 July 2015 will be able to be dispensed in community pharmacy. Much change is also on the horizon for dispensing arrangements for hepatitis C.
ASHM has had a long association with a small number of mainly hospital-based pharmacists who work in HIV medicine and trained pharmacists who have ventured into other areas such as research.
ASHM is involved in a number of initiatives to equip community pharmacists to play a greater role in HIV medicine, including face-to-face training, resources and webinars.
We have assisted the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) to develop a professional publication for pharmacists to raise awareness about HIV management and dispensing HIV medicines in the community which will be available from the PSA June 2015. which will be available from the PSA June 2015.
ASHM is extending complementary ASHM membership for the 2015-2016 membership year to community pharmacists. To access this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address.