Embedding pharmacists in residential aged care to implement clinical practice guidelines

The recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted the need to address high rates of psychotropic medication use. Monash University has been commissioned to produce new Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Medications in People Living with Dementia and in Residential Aged Care. The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) has announced funding for a project that will investigate embedding pharmacists as ‘knowledge brokers’ for implementing the new Clinical Practice Guidelines. The PhD project will involve working as part of the national and multidisciplinary team implementing this MRFF project. The project will provide an excellent understanding of research translation. The project directly addresses the National Health Priority Areas of medication safety and dementia.