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Queensland pharmacies become dementia friendly

A total of 165 community pharmacies across Queensland have received specialist training to become dementia-friendly pharmacies.

The pharmacies were recruited as part of the Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program, an initiative of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch as part of the Queensland Government’s Advancing Queensland: An Age-Friendly Community Grants Program.

The program enabled pharmacy staff (including those at Toowoomba’s Southtown Pharmacy, pictured) to gain more awareness and understanding of dementia, to help them create a supportive environment to assist people with dementia and their carers.

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch President, Professor Trent Twomey, said each pharmacy has received staff training and resources to become dementia friendly.

“As a part of the training, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants received fully subsidised resources. This included access to self-paced online training modules, a pharmacy-specific dementia-friendly checklist, a resource kit with local dementia support groups, a promotional pack to help with in-store marketing and external advertising support through the Guild,” Professor Twomey said.

The full list of the dementia-friendly pharmacies is available at www.guild.org.au/qld-dementia-friendly

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