What services can pharmacists provide?

Would you use a community pharmacy to access a health screening test, get vaccinated, have a medication review, or a health check? We want to know your thoughts on what you feel is important when it comes to pharmacists offering a health service that maybe similar to other health practitioners.

About the project and the involvement opportunity
There are calls for community pharmacists to provide additional clinical professional services to support increasing demands from people seeking healthcare and to possibly reduce the burden on other health providers. Little is known about what consumers’ value in these services. Researchers at Curtin University are looking to understand what consumers look for in a pharmacist-led health service, how they decide on whether to take up the service, and what factors are important when choosing between a pharmacist service and a similar one provided by GPs.
The information you provide will help develop a discrete choice experiment survey for a larger project that will look at all of this in even more depth.
This project has received ethical approval from the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee.

About the opportunity
The research team are to looking for up to 20 people to partake in focus groups at Curtin University. When you contact us, a researcher will discuss the project in more depth before asking you to sign a consent form. All data collected will be de-identified and kept confidential. Participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw any time.

What am I expected to do?

  • Attend a focus group discussion at Curtin University.
  • Provide views on using services provided by pharmacists.
  • Provide information on what is important to you when deciding on which health professional you wish to go for your health issue(s).

What skills or experience do I need?
None required. We want to hear from everyone.

How long am I expected to be involved?
You will be asked to attend one focus group session that is expected to last approximately one hour with a 15 minute brief before and after.

Where will meetings be held?
Curtin University Bentley Campus

What support is offered?
A small honorarium payment will be given for your time. Training and support is offered by the Consumer and Community Involvement Program.

Please contact the project lead:
Ajay Karia
Email: ajay.karia@curtin.edu.au
Phone: 08 9266 4488