The Mental Health and Community Pharmacy Project is funded by the Australian
Government Department of Health as part of the Fifth Community
Pharmacy Agreement Research and Development Program managed by the
Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Welcome

Griffith University is undertaking a project to explore the medication needs of mental health consumers with illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The project also considers consumer and carer expectations and experiences of community pharmacies. The project team are working with mental health consumers, carers and community pharmacies in Queensland, northern New South Wales and Western Australia. [read more.....]

Principal Researcher<br>Amanda Wheeler
Principal Researcher
Amanda Wheeler

"Our aim is to assist mental health consumers with their medication and to capitalise on consumer descriptions of community pharmacy as a more relaxed place to obtain information about their treatment. Consumers also describe pharmacists as medicines experts who use consumer friendly language when providing treatment information and with over 5000 locations in Australia they are well placed to become more involved in improving outcomes for people affected by mental illness.

During the project we will develop and pilot training for pharmacists and pharmacy assistants and pilot strategies to support the different needs, expectations and experiences of consumers and carers. We are hoping to involve about 1000 consumers and carers and 900 pharmacy staff and GPs at different stages of the project."

What's New

JUST A QUICK WORD ABOUT INCLUDING CARERS IN THE PROJECT - 11 June 2014

Carers often know some of the difficulties that Consumers may be having with their medications.

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STAGE 3 RECRUITMENT GOING STRONG IN MAY 2014 - 20 May 2014

Together we have now recruited 390 consumers to the Medication Support Intervention.

 

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MENTAL HEALTH WORKSHOPS A HUGE SUCCESS! - 11 December 2013

Thank you to all of the participants who have taken part in the first round of Mental Health Workshops.

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THE ONLINE MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING HAS NOW CLOSED! - 13 June 2013

The Online Mental Health Training has now closed

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GROUP 1 COMPLETE THE ONLINE TRAINING - 25 January 2013

Congratulations to all of the participants in Group 1 who have completed the training.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY PHARMACY WORKSHOP HELD IN BRISBANE - 14 August 2012

Consumers, carers, health professionals and pharmacy staff came together for the Mental Health and Community Pharmacy Workshop.

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MENTAL HEALTH AND COMMUNITY PHARMACY PROJECT ATTRACTS MEDIA ATTENTION - 27 June 2012

Article in the Australian Pharmacy Journal regarding the imminent increase in mental health incidences

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PRE-TRAINING ASSESSMENT SURVEY - 30 May 2012

Thank you to all of those participants that have signed up for the Mental Health and Community Pharmacy Project to date.

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FILMING COMMENCED LAST NIGHT AS PART OF CREATING THE EDUCATIONAL PACKAGE, MODULE 4: COMMUNICATION SKILLS - 25 May 2012

Last night saw the start of filming at Southbank Chemmart Pharmacy

 

 

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HELP! PHARMACY ASSISTANTS NEEDED - 22 May 2012

 

HELP! Pharmacy Assistants Needed

 

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REVIEW OF COMMUNITY PHARMACY STAFF EDUCATIONAL NEEDS - 09 May 2012

As stage one of the project draws to a close (in mid 2012), a summary of a review of the literature is now available. 

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WRAPPING UP FOCUS GROUPS - 16 March 2012

All focus group interviews will be completed by early next week. 

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STILL WANTED: PHARMACIES AND CONSUMERS/CARERS FOR EXIT INTERVIEWS - 08 March 2012

The project team would still welcome new participants.

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