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The Federal Budget this year has confirmed that the Government’s sights are firmly set on ensuring the fastest – and fullest – economic recovery for Australia from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Federal Budget contained a number of headline items focused on the health sector.
The Budget committed $1.9 billion to the COVID-19 vaccine program, including $35.8 million for a pharmacy program.
Last night’s Budget did not include all of the hoped-for measures, especially those which have a significant impact on the business of community pharmacy such as payroll tax, stamp duty, and the industrial relations system.
The Government announced in the Budget that it will invest $503 million to transform digital health in Australia, resulting in a modern, integrated health system.
West Australian pharmacist Hannah Mann has been named a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year awards.
The Australian Patients Association is calling for nominations in its annual Health Industry Awards, including for the Most Outstanding Community Pharmacist.
Community pharmacists are often the first point of call for patients’ COVID-19 vaccine-related questions.
One of the few positives to be seen from the abrupt changes needed to deal with the pandemic has been the increased uptake of technology in many pharmacies in WA.
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia.
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.