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The flu season is now upon us and with COVID-19 still an ever-present threat, the need to be vaccinated against the flu is more important than ever. Quite simply, staying healthy is one of the ways to help protect yourself against COVID-19, as a person weakened by the flu is more susceptible to other diseases.
The role of community pharmacists and their staff has again been highlighted in Federal Parliament during the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport hearing into the approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia.
A pharmacy with a focus on preventative health has found the COVID-19 experience has raised people’s awareness of the need to think more about their health and how to ensure it in times of crisis.
An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows a rise of 4.7 per cent in the number of people receiving pharmacotherapy treatment for their opioid dependence.
APP2021 will feature not-to-be-missed COVID-19 sessions which will help with vaccine roll-out preparations.
The Pharmacy Guild will hold a range of activities to celebrate World Pharmacists Day which this year will have the theme of Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health.
World Immunisation Week – celebrated every year in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.
COVID-19 has tested and challenged community pharmacies across the whole country, but none more so than those in regional, rural and remote areas.
The Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement significantly increased funding for the Regional Pharmacy Maintenance Allowance, which will see another 400 pharmacies eligible for support - an increase of around 50 per cent in the number of pharmacies previously being supported. Regional, rural and remote pharmacies face unique challenges and opportunities.
Today, Forefront begins a series of profiles of these pharmacies which are so pivotal in our health system.
Community pharmacists have once again risen to the challenge, ensuring critical medicines get to patients during the recent floods in NSW and Queensland.
Close collaboration between members of the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA) and emergency services has seen essential medicines and pharmacy supplies delivered to towns and cities inundated by floods.
The National Council of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia has declared Professor Trent Twomey as the organisation’s next National President.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders for the way they have managed one of the most difficult and challenging years of our time.