People living with diabetes will potentially have greater access to diabetes educators following the decision to remove the requirement that pharmacists have completed a Medication Management Review process before becoming a Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
The decision was ratified by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association board last week following joint representations by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the decision would enhance accessibility for consumers to diabetes educators.
“It will also broaden the scope of practice for pharmacists and provide business and professional opportunities moving into the future,” Mr Kardachi said.
Mr Kardachi said pharmacists would still need to undertake an accredited post graduate certificate in diabetes education and management course that all other health professionals complete to work in this area.
“However, they will not have to devote the time – and money – to first becoming MMR accredited which will make gaining the credentialling qualification more attractive to many pharmacists looking for advanced practice pathways,” he said.
The National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to collaborate with the PSA to achieve this sensible and very beneficial outcome – it’s good for pharmacists, and good for people living with diabetes.”
Dr Joanne Ramadge, CEO at the Australian Diabetes Educators Association said: “ADEA is pleased that pharmacists will now be able to become credentialled without the additional requirement for MMR accreditation.
“We hope this will encourage more pharmacists to become Credentialled Diabetes Educators as it makes a lot of sense as they play an important role in assisting people with diabetes to achieve good health outcomes.”