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Please share this with your online and offline networks – thanks lots – tony :o)

Dear all,

As you can see from the email below, my wonderful daughter is hosting a Community forum on the cost of prescription medication and it’s effects on people with low incomes. Please distribute this through your networks.

Kind regards,

Vivien Kemp (BA hons)
Senior Research Officer
Community, Culture & Mental Health Unit
UWA School of Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences
Fremantle Hospital
W Block, L6, 1 Alma Street,
Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
tel 08 9431 3438
fax 08 9431 3407
Mail # 704

From: Anna Kemp
Sent: Tuesday, 9 August 2011 3:19 PM
Community forum on high medicine costs – could you help me please?

Hi all,

I wonder if you could help me to promote a Community Forum I’m running in a few weeks’ time. I’m looking for people who have faced difficulties in affording their prescription medicines. If you know anyone in this situation, could you please pass the attached flyer on to them.

As you probably know I have been working on a research project for the last few years looking at the impact of prescription medicine cost increases on medicines use. There have been some major changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme in the last 6 years or so, and patient out-of-pocket costs have risen substantially. Our research suggests that many people have cut down or even stopped using important medicines because they are struggling to afford these cost increases.

We are at the stage of our research where we would like to share the results with the community and are having a Community Forum to do this. We really want some feedback from people about how they are coping with rising medicine costs and what policy makers could do to reduce the cost burden.

The Forum is being held at UWA and will feature presentations by the State’s Chief Pharmacist, as well as a lovely talk by myself J. The Forum will be on the 1st September from 9.30am-2.00pm. We will be providing all attendees with morning tea and lunch and will provide a payment to assist with their travel costs.

I’d really love to have a good turnout of community members with different circumstances, including aged pensioners, families with children, young adults etc. If you know anyone who might have faced difficulties affording their medicines and might be able to attend a weekday event, please pass this on to them.

Any help you could give me to promote this event would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Dr Anna Kemp
Research Associate
Centre for Health Services Research
School of Population Health
The University of Western Australia
p + 61 8 6488 1281 |f + 61 8 6488 1188
a35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009

Health Issues Group Community Forum

Is it difficult for you to afford prescription medicines?

The Australian government subsidises the cost of prescription medicines through Pharmaceutical Medicines Scheme (PBS). Over the past few years patient out-of-pocket costs for PBS medicines have increased substantially, and many people are now struggling to pay for their prescriptions. The Health Consumer’s Council and The University of Western Australia are hosting a community discussion about the cost of prescription medicines. We want to know how community members are coping with PBS medicine costs, and what changes to the PBS would help to reduce the burden of medicine costs.

Flyer for Consumer Forum on Medicines.doc

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