MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck

It is estimated that at least 80,000 medication-related hospitalisations happen in Australia each year. About a third to two-thirds of these are avoidable. A MedsCheck or Diabetes MedsCheck will help you understand your medicines and stay out of hospital.

What is MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck?

MedsCheck is a review of a person’s medicines done in the pharmacy to empower them with a better understanding of their medicines so they can look after themselves. We offer you one-on-one time with your pharmacist, in the pharmacy, to review and discuss the best ways to manage and get the most out of your medicines.  A MedsCheck will:
Give you better understanding of your medicines
•Make you feel confident that you are taking the right medicines at the right time
•Ensure that your medicines are working for you
•Provide you with an “Action Plan”

Diabetes MedsCheck is the same as MedsCheck but with a focus on the person’s type 2 diabetes medicines and monitoring devices. This is for people who are unable to timely see their doctor or diabetes educator. A Diabetes MedsCheck will
•Give you better understanding of your diabetes medicines and monitoring devices
•Improve control over blood sugar
•Reduce the risk of developing complications

Who are eligible?

For a consumer to be eligible for a MedsCheck they must:
•Be a Medicare and/or DVA cardholder;
•Have not received a MedsCheck, Diabetes MedsCheck, Home Medicines Review (HMR) or Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) in the last 12 months;
•Be living at home in a community setting;
•Be taking five or more prescription medicines or the consumer has had a recent significant medical event.

For a consumer to be eligible for a Diabetes MedsCheck they must:
•Be a Medicare and/or DVA cardholder;
•Have not received a MedsCheck, Diabetes MedsCheck, Home Medicines Review (HMR) or Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) in the last 12 months;
•Be living at home in a community setting;
•Have recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (in the last 12 months)
or
Has less than ideally controlled type 2 diabetes; and
•Is unable to gain timely access to existing diabetes education/health services in their community.

What happens in a MedsCheck?

•You bring all current medicines (prescription, non-prescription and complementary medicines) and any medication/monitoring devices to the appointment
•We will prepare a list of your medicines from the pharmacy’s dispensary records.
•At the consultation in the pharmacy, we will gather relevant information, review and discuss the use of all medicines and medication/monitoring devices;
•Together we will develop a written Action Plan including goals and actions and any follow-up with your GP and/or other healthcare provider(s);
•We will then provide you with a copy of the Consumer Report which is the Medicines List and Action Plan; and
•Arrange any agreed follow-up actions.

How much does it cost?

The service is funded by the Australian Government. There is cost to the consumer to avail of either a MedsCheck or Diabetes MedsCheck.

Is a referral required?

Unlike a Home Medicines Review, no referral is necessary.

What have a MedsCheck?

It will help:
•increase your knowledge about your medicines
•increase your confidence in using your medicines
•Reduce your risk of an avoidable trip to the hospital

 

If you would like to find out more about MedsCheck/Diabetes MedsCheck, fill the form below and we will be in touch shortly.

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