About the project and the involvement opportunity
The Royal Commission in Aged Care found some problems with how medications are managed. As a result, they recommended that pharmacists should be placed within these facilities to improve medication practices. Starting in 2023, pharmacists will gradually be introduced into Residential Aged Care Facilities. Our research aims to address this need and help pharmacists adjust to their new roles in aged care facilities. The research has three main parts:
- Creating a virtual Community of Practice, which is like an online group, to support pharmacists as they transition into their new embedded roles. This group will help them connect with other professionals and discuss any challenges they may face.
- Training and building the skills of the pharmacists who will be working directly within the aged care facilities. This will help them become more knowledgeable and capable in their new roles.
- Randomised controlled trial. We will test the impact of medication reviews conducted by the pharmacists in the aged care facilities. They will use a special electronic app that helps manage medications and provides guidance to the pharmacists.
The ultimate goal of this research is to ensure that the introduction of pharmacists into Residential Aged Care Facilities is successful and improves the wellbeing of the residents. By providing support, training, and evaluating the impact of medication interventions, we hope to make a positive difference in the care of elderly individuals living in these facilities.
About the position
The community advisory group will help the steering group stay informed and have productive discussions about the issues that are important to residents and their family and friends. The Consumer Advisory Group will be an online group, so is open to anyone within Australia, the meetings will provide an opportunity for the members to share information, exchange ideas, and contribute to the discussions around the ongoing research.
What am I expected to do?
The members of the Community Advisory Group will participate in ONLINE meetings every second month. These meetings will last for one hour.
What skills or experience do I need?
You need to be in residential aged care or have an immediate family member that you are caring for who resides in residential aged care.
How long am I expected to be involved?
This role is for four years, it would be nice if you are able to commit to the full project but understand this is not always feasible, you can leave the project at any time needed.
Where will meetings be held?
The meetings will be held online.
What support is offered?
$37.50 per hour honorarium. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.
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