Up close and personal with those experiencing homelessness: Pharmacist involvement in a multidisciplinary healthcare team

Tran, Hung Mai Ho, Patounas, Marea, & Hall, Tony (2015) Up close and personal with those experiencing homelessness: Pharmacist involvement in a multidisciplinary healthcare team. In APSA-ASCEPT Joint Scientific Meeting 2015, 29 November - 2 December 2015, Hobart, TAS.

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Abstract

Introduction

  • The Brisbane City Council holds a biannual Homeless Connect event which brings together business and community groups on one day to provide free services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Pharmacists were involved in this initiative and provided health services in a multidisciplinary healthcare environment building on the lessons of previous Homeless Connect events (Chan et al, 2015)

Aims

  • To explore pharmacists reflections on their role in a multidisciplinary healthcare team providing services at a community outreach event for those experiencing homelessness.

Methods

  • The pharmacists (n=2) documented the types of services provided during the Homeless Connect event. A semi-structured interview was conducted post-event to investigate barriers, facilitators and changes that would be recommended for future events. Their perceptions of their role in the multidisciplinary healthcare team were also explored.

Results

  • Primarily, the services provided included delivery of primary healthcare, advice on accessing cost effective pharmacy services and addressing medication enquiries. The pharmacists also provided moisturiser samples and health information leaflets. Interdisciplinary referrals were primarily between the pharmacists and podiatrists; no pharmacist-medical practitioner referrals occurred. The pharmacists did believe they had a positive role in this health initiative but improvements could be implemented to improve the delivery of these services in future events.

Discussion

  • Pharmacists can play an important role in providing services to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness and the overall experience was positive for the pharmacists. They were able to integrate into a multidisciplinary healthcare team in this setting but strategies for further collaboration were identified. The possibility of involving pharmacy students in future events was identified.

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ID Code: 90848
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Pharmacy Practice, Homelessness
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PHARMACOLOGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES (111500) > Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice (111503)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2015 00:52
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2016 22:53

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