Establishing appropriate models for community pharmacists to address the burden of cardiovascular disease and diabetes: an Australian perspective.'
By Dr. Kevin Mc Namara, a Senior Research Fellow at Deakin University's School of Medicine, in Victoria, Australia
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Australia, and cost the national economy $7.4bn annually. The burden of disease is heavily contributed to by evidence treatment gaps in health service prevention and disease management activities. Community pharmacy is increasingly recognised as having the potential to contribute to the quality of cardiovascular primary care, particularly owing to the easy access this setting offers to qualified health professionals. The aim of this presentation is to explore the nature of gaps in Australian care, and the evolving role of Australian pharmacists in cardiovascular disease prevention over the past decade, where effective interventions. Studies demonstrating the public health need for improved primary care and the evidence of benefit from pharmacist-delivered health interventions will be presented, and the attributes of effective pharmacy interventions will be discussed.
A brief bio about Dr. Mc Namara:
Dr Kevin Mc Namara is a Senior Research Fellow, at the Centre for Population Health Research, and the School of Medicine, at Deakin University, Australia, and has a fifteen year track record of research focusing on improved healthcare delivery in community pharmacy and primary care. He is also a registered pharmacist with experience in both hospital and community settings. As a researcher, he has been an investigator for funded research and development grants worth more than Aus$8m, including both nationally competitive and commissioned trials, nationally competitive research fellowships, qualitative studies and health program evaluations. These projects cover a diverse range of topics relating to primary care such as multimorbidity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk screening, prevention/management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, rural health, health literacy, clinical pathways, emergency contraception, out of hours general practice models, and transition of care between health settings. The common theme across all of these projects is the focus on defining evidence-practice gaps and implementing feasible and sustainable models to improved healthcare delivery. As part of this work, he is also actively involved with a range of professional, stakeholder and consumer engagement initiatives. He is an author of 60 publications/reports including 35 refereed journal articles and a book chapter, and of 80 conference abstracts.