The NSW Government has announced that effective January 1 2019, post-successful completion of training and whose practice meets the NSW Vaccination Standards, pharmacists will be able to vaccinate the NSW public against measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTPa) and influenza vaccine to people aged 16 years and over.
Speaking at the 2018 NSW Branch Parliamentary Dinner the Pharmacy Guild Branch President, David Heffernan congratulated New South Wales Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro on such a beneficial and viable extension to community pharmacy.
Many patrons who due to various influencing factors do not regularly visit their GP can now take advantage of this change in legislation and consult their community pharmacist, which in turn will significantly escalate the immunization rate within communities.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia (NSW Branch) is excited by this new expansion of services and will deliver extensive training workshops to ensure all those who wish to provide these services are able to do so at their earliest opportunity. In addition e-learning modules will be available for those who have already achieved accreditation. This move follows similar expansions in scope in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia thanks the NSW Government for recognizing the capabilities and knowledge of community pharmacists and the invaluable services they deliver within their local community. We look forward to initiating training to our members and working closely with the Australia Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to support community pharmacies increasing their scope of practice to best serve their local community.
On Friday 7th September, the NSW Branch relocated to our new home in Bella Vista. Our new address is:
Suite 201, 10 Norbrik Drive
Bella Vista NSW 2153
It is now business as usual, so please contact us for all of your member needs.
We look forward to seeing you at Bella Vista.
We would like to encourage all members to save the date for Thursday 25th October 2018, in which the NSW Branch of the Guild will host its Annual General Meeting. Further details to come in due course. We look forward to seeing as many members there as possible.
Southcity Pharmacy in Wagga Wagga, NSW, has been named the Guild Pharmacy of the Year 2018.
The Guild Pharmacy of the Year awards highlight and honour those pharmacies that are leading the way for the pro-fession in the provision of the best and most innovative healthcare for members of their community,
The awards recognise excellence in community pharmacy practice with the announcement of winners across three categories, one of which is named the overall winner and Pharmacy of the Year. The category winners this year are:
The awards were presented by the Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, at the Australian Pharmacy Professional conference (APP) on the Gold Coast today.
A spokesperson for the judging group, pharmacist Nick Panayiaris, Pharmacy Guild of Australia National Councillor and President of the South Australian Branch of the Guild, said the Southcity Pharmacy stood out as an exceptional model of business transformation with clinical integration.
“The business has gone from one run on a small staff and offering limited services to become a regional health desti-nation. It now is a professional service-based destination with greatly increased staff numbers and a very strong focus on professional services,” Mr Panayiaris said.
A strong element of their success has been the focus by management on staff engagement and training.
“Southcity Pharmacy has worked tirelessly to create an environment where pharmacists and all the staff feel comfort-able and empowered to make business decisions that embrace innovation, improve workflow and enhance patient care,” Mr Panayiaris said.
“It is continually investing in its staff to ensure they’re engaged in the industry and have the skills to ensure they are a leader in professional services from their Community Pharmacy.”