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.

A new opportunity for pharmacy staff

We are seeking pharmacists to take part in an exciting new program that explores the evolving role of the pharmacist. If you would like to learn more about the treatments for mental illness and how to help consumers to better manage their medication, this interactive study involving training modules for CPD points and remuneration is for you. If you work in a pharmacy located in Queensland, Western Australia or Northern Rivers New South Wales, we would like to hear from you.

Pharmacists and pharmacy assistants will benefit by:-

  • Receiving training to identify treatment strategies for depression and anxiety disorders.
  • Building and enhancing their capacity to communicate effectively with people diagnosed with mental illnesses.
  • Developing their ability to work with people with mental illness, their carers and families through education and support.
  • Improved understanding about consumer adherence with medications.

What's it all about?

A three-year research project, starting in late 2011, will investigate the needs of mental health consumers with illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Their expectations and experiences of community pharmacies will be documented and the data compiled will inform a major new strategy to train pharmacists to engage consumers to help them better manage their medications.

Three years, three stages:

What will you need to do?

  1. Recruitment of pharmacists and pharmacy assistants and mental health consumers. This will involve you in promoting the project to consumers through information sheets when they present with scripts to manage depression or anxiety disorders.
  2. Completion of online training modules for CPD points and remuneration. The content of modules will be informed by you and each should take about 45 mins to complete; at present between 6 - 8 for pharmacists and up to 4 for pharmacy assistants.
  3. Delivery of intervention strategy (optional). Recruit and deliver an intervention strategy with 10 mental health consumers (identified by yourself, the consumer or their GP) to help them improve their adherence with medications. Face-to-face training and ongoing mentoring will be given as well as remuneration.

Who is behind this project?

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Research and Development Program managed by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Ethics approval has been obtained from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee. (PHM/13/11/HREC).

If you would like more information, call us for free on 1800 600 687 or email mentalhealth@griffith.edu.au