The GGT UDRH pharmacy program provides direct support to rural pharmacists, and has an ongoing program of research around medicines management and the role of community pharmacy.
The Pharmacy Program was coordinated by Dr Kevin Mc Namara for ten years before Mr Raj Sundararaj took on the position in March 2014. This program has sought to support pharmacy practice and the quality use of medicines in rural Victoria and South Australia through a combination of student support, workforce training, and research with extensive collaborations with the GGT UDRH student support and public health research programs.
The Rural Pharmacy Liaison Officer Program (RPLO) sits within the Pharmacy Program as its education and training arm, however unlike its predecessor (PAUDRH), the RPLO does not fund research activities. The scheme provides funding to recruit a part-time academic pharmacist at each UDRH in Australia, with some program funding.
Pharmacy research activities have included several benchmark Australian pharmacy practice studies. Previous projects have examined community pharmacist interventions for cardiovascular disease prevention and medicines adherence, the educational needs of community pharmacists, and workforce retention. Key ongoing projects are examining discharge management for acute coronary syndrome, screening in pharmacies, health literacy in community pharmacy, and medicines management collaborations for complex patients.