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Deborah McAdam a Geraldton nurse, has been acknowledged with this year’s Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Aboriginal Health.
After 14 years of nursing, it was her past year of breaking down barriers in the public health system for Indigenous people with chronic disease to access free medication that drew the state accolade.
'Above the 26th parallel Aboriginal people get medications for free as part of the Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme, whereas below the 26th parallel you have to do it for yourself,” she said. 'When people are admitted to the hospital it is very difficult for people to get cheaper medications.'
Ms McAdam recognised Closing the gap (CTG) scripts which allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with, or at risk of, chronic disease access to free medication as a possible way to achieve her goal.
'In the hospital system people with chronic illness have to pay the full price for scripts because the CTG scripts are only aimed at private general practices and Aboriginal medical services,' she said.
'The ultimate goal is to get Closing the gap scripts into the public health system, so people don’t go home and can’t afford to fill the script for the treatment they need.'
Source: Geraldton Newspapers
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