A new radio and podcast series on OAR FM Dunedin is exploring a key aspect of healthcare.
Beyond the Script features conversations with clinical pharmacists from the University of Otago School of Pharmacy Clinic, He Rau Kawakawa Whare Haumanu, sharing insights into the clinical consultations that help patients review and manage their medicines.
The clinic, located on campus at 325 Great King Street Dunedin, provides consultations free of charge to those in the area, and online via Telehealth. Pharmacists listen to patients’ concerns and questions, provide information and advice, and can work with health care providers to help patients get the most of their medicines.
In the first episode of Beyond the Script, clinical pharmacist Emma Smith discusses aspects of dementia with Dr Yoram Barak, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Otago School of Medicine and consultant psychogeriatrician at the Southern District Health Board.
Topics include the various different forms of dementia, the common signs to look for, and what someone should do if they, or someone they are close too, are showing signs of dementia.
The early stages of dementia are a good time to find out about what support and choices are available, including through the School of Pharmacy clinic.
Beyond The Script airs on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 12.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from oar.org.nz, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.