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The increasing number of companies reporting successful COVID-19 vaccine trials is encouraging but also highlights the acute need for Government plans to ensure maximum uptake of these vaccinations by the community.
Community pharmacy must be represented on the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) COVID-19 Working Group which provides advice to the Minister for Health on the immunisation program for COVID-19 vaccines as they become available in Australia.
The NSW Branch of the Pharmacy Guild has been commended for its work on the community pharmacy mental health training program.
Buying a pharmacy is a major investment and the need for careful and considered steps in preparing to enter pharmacy ownership is critical to the long-term success of such a venture.
The roll-out of eScripts represents a fundamental change to the way community pharmacies operate and interact with patients.
Patients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds will benefit from a free mobile app developed to support vital COVID-19 screening efforts.
Community pharmacies need to be aware of the myths and misinformation surrounding COVID-19 so that they can better inform and help patients.
The dramatic fall in the number of flu cases in Australia this year can be largely attributed to high vaccination rates as well as the restrictions on people’s movements as a result of the pandemic.
Identifying sections of the community who need flu shots, but who are unaware that many pharmacies provide them as well as a range of other services, has become a mission for South Australian pharmacists Irfan Hashmi and his wife Sobia.
Pharmacists are critical to strong primary healthcare, the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) World Health Assembly has been told.
2020 has been one of the pharmacy’s most challenging years with medicines supply chain issues, rapidly changing procedures to safeguard staff and the community, and customer abuse being just a few of the issues confronting pharmacists and pharmacy staff this year.
The National Oncology Alliance - a grouping of patients, patient groups, clinicians, and the healthcare industry – has released its Vision 20-30 report calling for the development of an Australian Cancer Futures Framework which puts patients at the centre of cancer care over the coming decade and beyond.
The National Rural Health Alliance has called for incentives to attract health professionals to regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.
Another community pharmacy has been recognised for its outstanding efforts during this challenging year.
It is estimated that one in six Australian men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime; and pharmacists are on the frontline of care, supporting men and families when the disease strikes.