Main occupation: Pharmacist (Managing Partner)
Years in clinical practice: 10
Qualifications: BPharm MPS, Grad Dip ExSci, MEd
Emily works as a community pharmacist in an area of Melbourne that includes residents who are affluent and highly educated, as well as those on low incomes. Many of her customers who take multiple medicines emigrated from Mediterranean Europe and are now in their later years.
Emily describes some of the problems people have when they take multiple medicines, such as the high cost and forgetting to take them, and what their pharmacy can do to help. She shares her views on how complementary medicines can fit into a holistic medication regimen and discusses the advantages of Webster-paks and Medico-paks. Emily also describes what her pharmacy does to help people who have language barriers to communicate what they are taking.
Emily emphasises how important it is for individuals to know the benefits of the medicines they are taking and who the most appropriate health professionals are to talk to about their medicines. She explains that pharmacists are more than happy to provide information about medicines, as they are trained in how to educate their customers and it is what they like to do.