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As healthcare professionals, community pharmacists are all too aware of the devastating effects cardiac arrests have on patients and their families throughout Australia.
Australia’s first Indigenous pharmacist, Associate Professor Dr Faye McMillan, last week began her role as one of two new Deputy National Rural Health Commissioners who will play a key role in the Federal Government’s agenda to increase access to rural health services and address rural workforce shortages.
Addressing the shortages of essential supplies caused by the bushfires and COVID-19 was a challenge the pharmacists and staff at Cincotta Discount Pharmacy in Wagga Wagga, NSW, were committed to meet and overcome.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, NSW Branch, has announced the date for this year’s Pharmacy Connect has changed from August to 2-4 September 2021.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s National President, George Tambassis, has announced that nominations for the popular Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY) opened this week.
Australia reports approximately 1300 cases of tuberculosis a year and has a TB case notification rate of 5.5 cases per 100,000 population.
A medicines reconciliation toolkit to help pharmacists improve patient safety has been released by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Pharmacists, healthcare professionals and members of the public are being encouraged to use World Health Day on 7 April 2021, to join a new campaign to build a fairer, healthier world.
The pace of technological change in pharmacies is staggering, and the willingness and ability of community pharmacies to adapt to the changes is crucial to their future.
The work of community pharmacists has again been recognised in Federal Parliament with the Member for Braddon, Tasmania, Gavin Pearce, giving a speech in which he praised their “exceptional” contribution over the past year.
A wide range of consumer and professional groups – including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Consumers Health Forum, Green Senator Rachel Siewert, Harm Reduction Australia, and Better Access Australia – have supported calls made in the Pharmacy Guild’s pre-budget submission for changes to be made to the Opioid Dependence Treatment Program.
The Pharmacy Guild’s pre-budget submission, titled Improving patient access to health care through community pharmacies, seeks to improve access to health care for patients through the establishment and funding of a national opioid dependence treatment (ODT) program, as well as by enhancing patient safety and minimising medication errors by supporting eligible pharmacies with the national roll-out of electronic prescriptions.
Change can be daunting and with catastrophic events, such as the bushfires and particularly COVID-19, community pharmacies have changed and adapted in a myriad of different ways.
The final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety reinforces the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s commitment to helping ensure the growing ageing population receives the best possible healthcare, regardless of whether they live at home or in aged care facilities.
Recent legislative changes mean pharmacists are required to report information on COVD-19 and flu vaccinations that they administer to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from 1 March 2021, or face penalties.
Capital Chemist Kingston in the ACT has won the 2020 Australian Small Business Champion Awards Pharmacy Category.
Pharmacy owners and managers at this year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP) will be provided with expert advice on practical ways to make their businesses more resilient, with rent being a key area of focus.
The Australasian College of Pharmacy has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis.
World Kidney Day, being held on 11 March, aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.