Aged Care Pharmacists: To Be or Not to Be

How Can the Integration of Pharmacists Into Aged Care Facilities Increase Medication and Patient Safety?


  • Sheeren Khalifa USYD - SUPA



aged care, pharamacy, opinion piece, pharmacists, medication safety, student led


With the current ageing population in Australia, older people residing in aged care facilities are more prone to developing multiple complex comorbidities requiring a combination of different medications their body may be unable to withstand. As such, they tend to experience these ailments as a result of adverse drug reactions or drug interactions which can lead to hospitalisation and reduced quality of life.1,2 Therefore, polypharmacy can prove to be a significant burden on our healthcare system and consequently our economy. As a result, changes need to be implemented to help relieve this pressure.


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Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Medicine safety: aged care [Internet]. 2020 [cited 2023 Jun 17]. Available from: