Top of page
Health

PSA launches disability care report

Smiling father sitting next to disabled son in wheelchair by hospital bed, talking together

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched the fifth report in the Medicine Safety Series, Medicine Safety: Disability Care at their flagship national conference, PSA22.

The report outlines significant challenges to safe medicine use within the disability sector, including inappropriate prescribing, problems taking medicines, inadequate access to medication management review services, and difficulty accessing health professionals.

PSA’s first medicine safety report, Medicine Safety: Take Care estimated that medicine-related problems cause 250,000 hospital admissions each year, with an annual cost of approximately $1.4 billion, and at least half of these hospital admissions being preventable.

This latest report highlights the significant difference in life expectancy in Australia, with people with intellectual disability experiencing a 20-32 year shorter lifespan.

PSA National President Dr Fei Sim, who launched the report at PSA22, said that more needs to be done to ensure medicine safety for Australians living with disability.

“Approximately 4.4 million Australians live with disability, many requiring complex medical care,” she said.

“PSA’s Medicine Safety: Disability Care report highlights the many barriers to safe medicine use, ranging from prescribing and dispensing, to administration, and medication management.

“The result is a health system that is failing Australians with disability.

“This report is an important step in identifying the real and significant issues patients with disability face. It is our duty, as healthcare professionals, to keep working to make care accessible and appropriate for everyone.

“A greater focus on medicine safety is key to addressing the health and life expectancy gap for people with disability.

“Pharmacists are the key, and we look forward to working with state, territory and federal governments, the disability sector, patients, and their families to improve the provision of care to Australians with disability,” Dr Sim concluded.

You might also like

Young businesswoman in wheelchair uses access card to enter the office. Young businesswoman in wheelchair uses access card to enter the office.

New job platform to address low employment of persons with disabilities

An innovative online job-matching platform that aims to link jobseekers…

woman young woman in a wheelchair outdoors woman young woman in a wheelchair outdoors

Bill to help women with disabilities access reproductive health care

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee…

Deaf patient use video conference, make online consultation by sign language with doctor on tablet Deaf patient use video conference, make online consultation by sign language with doctor on tablet

HHS and DOJ issue guidance on nondiscrimination in telehealth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and…

Two reporters getting ready to broadcast news in SL Two reporters getting ready to broadcast news in SL

Ugandan woman launches online TV for people with hearing disabilities

When Susan Mujawa Ananda heard a man with a hearing…