Queenslanders living with dementia and their carers will now have access to specialised support from trained pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in 165 community pharmacies across the state.
The 165 dementia friendly pharmacies received training through the Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program, an initiative of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch as part of the Queensland Government’s ‘Advancing Queensland: An Age-Friendly Community Grants Program’.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch President Professor Trent Twomey encourages people living with dementia and their carers to utilise the specialist dementia friendly services of these pharmacies.
“Each dementia friendly pharmacy offers highly knowledgeable staff and adjustments to their in-store environment and services, to assist people living with dementia and their carers when visiting their community pharmacy,” Professor Twomey said.
“This includes modifications to the pharmacy to make it easier for people living with dementia, such as the removal of distracting patterns on the floor and implementing prescription reminder services.
“Pharmacists and pharmacy assistants are well equipped to support those living with dementia, their family and their carers, and I highly encourage anyone who may benefit from these services to visit a dementia friendly community pharmacy near you.”
The full list of the dementia friendly pharmacies is available at www.guild.org.au/qld-dementia-friendly.