The NSW Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has joined forces with Clubs NSW to provide education to club patrons on health issues through workshops, training programs and educational seminars, while extending the opportunities for health services to be provided by community pharmacies.
NSW Branch President of the Pharmacy Guild, David Heffernan says that “this agreement will [also] help to address” the challenge that comes with finding “large suitable spaces to train community pharmacies while socially distancing in this Covid world”.
“We also will work closely together to identify and promote a broad range of community health initiatives across club memberships, and these include vaccinations delivered under the Guild’s Corporate Health program,” says Mr Heffernan.
Another benefit of this collaboration according to Mr Heffernan is the access to Clubs NSW “advertising network across the clubs, which would enable information about pharmacy health programs and initiatives to be widely disseminated”.
Mr Heffernan adds that the Guild will also continue to “recognise and support the effort of Clubs NSW and the club industry to reduce harm associated with gambling, alcohol and smoking”.
“This agreement also outlines a collaborative relationship for relevant policy and political issues and the opportunity for join action if and when appropriate.
“But fundamentally the agreement opens great opportunities for health messages to be delivered to patrons across the state.
“Whether it is a large workers club or your local tennis club, just about every population centre in NSW has a club and the reach of Clubs NSW in getting information to these patrons is an important tool, which community pharmacies can now use to help improve the health outcomes of those communities,” says Mr Heffernan.