1679 – Improved medication management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Feasibility Study (IMeRSe Feasibility Study)

Page last updated: 22 July 2022

Application Detail

Description of Medical Service

The Indigenous Medication Review Service (IMeRSe) study is a collaborative partnership between The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Griffith University and The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

The IMeRSe Feasibility Study developed and assessed the feasibility of a culturally responsive Indigenous Medication Review service, delivered by community pharmacists integrated with local Aboriginal Health Services (AHSs).

Description of Medical Condition

The IMeRSe Feasibility Study recruited clients of AHS who were:
  • Aged 18 years and above,
  • Living in the community with at least one chronic condition,
  • At risk of medication-related problems (as identified by any treating health professional, family member or self-identified) including but not limited to:
    being diagnosed with at least one chronic condition and/or is pregnant and /or is within 2 years post-partum;
    instability of health status and/or medication therapy;
    using high-risk medication(s);
    likelihood of compromised adherence;
    new therapeutic goals;
    potentially incomplete understanding of medication use; or
    failure to respond to treatment in an expected way.
  • Who had engaged with the AHS at least 3 times in the past 2 years, and
  • Accessed medications from one of the associated community pharmacists.

Reason for application

The Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement provided funding to support a Pharmacy Trial Program (PTP), which seeks to improve clinical outcomes for patients and/or utilise the full scope of a pharmacist’s role in delivering primary health care services.

The outcomes of all PTP Trials will undergo an independent health technology assessment to determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the trial intervention and inform decisions about any broader rollout. A decision to fund any future programs would be a matter for Government.

Information on the PTP is available on the Department of Health’s website.

Medical Service Type

Therapeutic technology.

Previous Application Number

Not applicable

Associated Documentation

Supplemental Report Executive Summary

Supplemental Report Executive Summary (PDF 343 KB)
Supplemental Report Executive Summary (Word 50 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 772 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 77 KB)

MSAC welcomes public consultation input as per the IPAC Public Summary above.

Please send feedback on this application to commentsMSAC@health.gov.au (and cc: pharmacy.trial.program@health.gov.au) including the MSAC application number 1679 in the subject heading of your email.

PASC Consultation
Not applicable.

MSAC Consultation
MSAC consultation closed on 11 February 2022.

For further information please refer to PASC, ESC, MSAC Key Dates
For further information on the consultation process please refer to MSAC Consultation Process

PICO Confirmation

Not applicable

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 639 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 166 KB)

Meetings for this Application


Bypassing PASC


10-11 February 2022


31 March–1 April 2022