Day 2, 12:00pm – 12:30pm – Integrating Accredited Pharmacists into the clinical team to improve quality use of medicines.

Goodwin provides an innovative approach to clinical services in a residential aged care environment. In April 2017, Goodwin employed Richard Thorpe, an Accredited Pharmacist, with immunisation endorsement at David Harper House for a 6-month period. Richard’s role was part of a research pilot with University of Canberra to investigate the feasibility of having an on-site pharmacist integrated into a residential aged care facility (RACF). The outcomes of the trial have been published and were cited by Pharmaceutical Society of Australia in their $17million pre-budget submission to the Federal Government for seed funding to integrate Pharmacists into Aged Care Facilities. The submission included the following – “Embedding pharmacists in residential aged care facilities would enable greater communication and collaboration between members of the multidisciplinary team, as was demonstrated by the partnership between the University of Canberra and Goodwin Aged Care Services.”
The Clinical Team at Goodwin has been enhanced by the direct employment of Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, a Dietitian and Podiatrist.
In December 2018 Goodwin confirmed the employment of Richard Thorpe as Australia’s first full time Aged Care Facility Pharmacist. Since commencement at Goodwin, Richard has built on his experience during the UC project and provides a unique skill set within Goodwin’s clinical team.
Analysis of data provided by the 6-month project showed that the Facility Pharmacist identified and prevented 85 potential drug related issues. This is in addition to the potential or actual drug related problems identified during comprehensive medication reviews. The pharmacist completed and documented a total of 276 activities during the project, with 97.1% of activities completed on the day they were initiated.

Richard head shot

Richard Thorpe is a forth-generation pharmacist who graduated with a BSc (1st Class with Honours) in Pharmacy from Sunderland Polytechnic in 1988. He worked as a community pharmacist in England and Guernsey prior to moving to Australia in 1997.
Richard completed a Graduate Diploma in Pharmacotherapeutics in 2000 and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy with UTAS. He was involved in pilot medication management programmes in South Australia prior to becoming an Accredited Pharmacist in 2002. He has been a mentor for candidates undergoing the AACP accreditation process since 2009.
Richard was the facility pilot pharmacist in the Goodwin project in 2017 and has been employed as the first pharmacist in Residential Aged Care in Australia commencing in the full time position in late 2018.