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I recently had the opportunity to address the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference and to meet many of these wonderful people who are so important to the profession and to the communities that our pharmacies serve.
In a major boost for pharmacists being able to work to their full scope of practice, the Queensland Government has announced the North Queensland Community Pharmacy Scope of Practice Pilot (North Queensland Community Pharmacy Pilot) will commence in late 2023.
Australians can now look forward to cheaper PBS medicines from January 1 next year, after legislation to reduce the PBS co-payment passed the Senate and into law.
This year marks the 50th edition of the Guild Digest (Digest) – the pre-eminent publication examining the operation and financial performance of Australian community pharmacies.
The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through community pharmacies has hit another milestone with nine million doses having been administered since community pharmacies were brought into the rollout in July last year.
The inaugural Pharmacy Groups Symposium held last month examined the main themes of full scope of pharmacy practice, Community Pharmacy Agreements, and workforce and the changing nature of a pharmacy degree.
Terri Bakker from Terry White Chemmart Rosny Park in Tasmania has been named the Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic 2022 Pharmacy Assistant of Year (PATY).
Community pharmacies can provide a cost-effective solution to the challenges facing the health system.
The Government’s commitment to reducing the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme general co-payment from $41.50 to $30, has been confirmed in the Budget brought down by Treasurer Jim Chalmers.
The role and recognition of community pharmacy is increasing worldwide, a report by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has found.
Demand for perinatal mental health support in the 12 months to June 2022 exceeded pre-COVID levels, with mothers and fathers experiencing psychological and physical challenges from trying to care for a new baby without enough support.
The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program Monitoring report 2022 has estimated that in 2021 about 7,365 people aged 50–74 were diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The management of ongoing COVID-19 symptoms is a difficult path for many to navigate.
Gold Cross has officially endorsed Constellation Technologies (CT1), an Australian-operated and ASX-listed company, for its cold chain management solution to help safeguard pharmacies from cold stock loss.
World Diabetes Day (WDD) is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
APP conference convenor, Kos Sclavos AM, has released the program for the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP2023) which is to be held 23-26 March 2023 on the Gold Coast.
The passage of legislation through the House of Representatives to reduce the maximum PBS co-payment from the start of next year was an historic moment, and a very emotional one for so many of the people who were waiting for this cost of living relief to be confirmed.
The permanent continuation from 1 October of community pharmacists being able to diagnose and treat women suffering from a non-complex urinary tract infection (UTI) in Queensland was “a historic day for women’s healthcare in Queensland,” Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch President, Mr Chris Owen said.
The passing of legislation which will cut the maximum general co-payment on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicines from $42.50 to $30 per prescription has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
New research shows communities across Australia overwhelmingly support pharmacists being able to provide more professional health services and working to their full scope of practice.
The first Mental Health Australia Report to the Nation reveals that there are many things to celebrate in terms of the mental health and wellbeing of Australians.
The Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP) Board has met to discuss the future of pharmacist accreditation and has made the decision to cease operation at the end of 2022.
Former National Councillor of the Pharmacy Guild, Paul Sinclair, has been elected the president of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), the first Australian to hold the position.
As community health hubs, it’s important for pharmacies to have the most effective recruitment strategies and practices in place to attract and engage talent.
The pharmacy profession has good evidence to share, reflect on and use to transform pharmacy globally, so that the profession is fully equipped to contribute to present and future challenges facing health systems.
Support for pharmacists to provide services to people with chronic respiratory diseases — namely asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — is available in the form of two new resources published by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Walking speed and grip strength could be early indicators of dementia before the onset of noticeable symptoms, a Monash University study reveals.
Healthy Bones Australia is helping promote this year’s World Osteoporosis Day - 20 October – by encouraging the community and health professionals to Step Up for Bone Health.
Rattle Ya' Bones Day, a National Day of Awareness for all muscle, bone and joint conditions, will be held on Halloween, Monday, 31 October 2022.