ACT Branch President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Professor Gabrielle Cooper, has been elected to the first ACT Medicare Local Board.
Professor Cooper, who is Professor of Pharmacy, Associate Dean Clinical Engagement at the University of Canberra, was elected to one of the two primary health-care clinician positions on the Board.
A network of national-wide Medicare Locals is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Health Reforms and they are designed to coordinate primary health-care delivery and tackle local health care needs and service gaps.
They will drive improvements in primary health care and ensure services are better tailored to meet the needs of local communities.
Professor Cooper said she was honoured at being appointed to the Board and looked forward to adding the expertise and knowledge of pharmacists to that of the other health professionals on the Board.
“All too often in the past the expertise that pharmacists have in the provision of primary health care has been overlooked but the Medicare Local system means that contribution can now be integrated more consistently in team-based care,” Professor Cooper said.