Indigenous Medication Review Service Feasibility Study

Healthcare that is culturally appropriate, flexible and responsive is needed to support safe medication use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, especially those with long-term conditions.

Griffith University, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have partnered to evaluate the feasibility of a culturally responsive, individualised medication review service delivered collaboratively by community pharmacists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services (both Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and government Indigenous Health Services). Researchers will develop, pilot and evaluate the service to ensure it is acceptable and deliverable across remote, rural and urban settings.

A total of 540 adults with a long-term condition, or who are pregnant, or within two years postpartum AND who are at risk of medication-related problems will work with pharmacists and staff from nine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services across Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Territory to resolve medication-related problems. Feedback from participants, health service staff, communities, community pharmacy staff, and experts will refine service development, training and outcome measures for a future randomised controlled trial.

This feasibility study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement.