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It is now two-and-a-half years since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Australia and in that time what stands out for me, and I would say most Australians, is the role community pharmacists and their staff have played in helping us all weather the storm.
Daniel Lewis, a staff member of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Pharmacy of the Year, Cooleman Court Pharmacy in the ACT, has been honoured in a special presentation at the pharmacy.
Nominations for the prestigious Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2023 Pharmacy of the Year awards close on 31 July 2022 so there is still time to get entries in.
The announcement that the Urinary Tract Infection Pharmacy Pilot – Queensland (UTIPP-Q) would be available to Queensland women as a permanent pharmacy service has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has welcomed the decision by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) to lift the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination winter boosters.
Australians are struggling to access and afford essential healthcare, according to the latest Australian Healthcare Index from the Australian Patients Association and Healthengine.
Community pharmacists, staff and key stakeholders across Australia will be given an opportunity in September to attend face-to-face meetings with the National President of the Pharmacy Guild, Trent Twomey, and State and Territory Presidents where the current and future state of the industry will be discussed and examined.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated the incoming President and Board of the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) after their election at the weekend for the 2022-23 term.
An older person’s perceptions about their health - known as health-related quality of life - may predict their health in the future, new Monash research shows.
Refugee Week this year was an opportunity to draw upon shared hardships to heal wounds, to learn from each other and to move forward. The experiences of community pharmacist Veronica Nou underscore this and highlight the synergy between being a community pharmacist, and a refugee and human rights advocate.
Pharmacy Guild members are being urged to act quickly and take part in the industry-wide Guild Digest survey which closes on 31 July.
In response to the medication management issues identified through the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Government has implemented an eNRMC Transitional Arrangement and eNRMC Adoption Grant from this month.
Pharmacy assistants still have time to nominate themselves for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY), with self-nominations closing on Friday, 15 July.
To raise awareness of both the problems of chronic pain and some of the effective management strategies, the self-help group and health promotion charity, Chronic Pain Australia, organises a National Pain Week which this year is being held 25–31 July.
In year three of the Heads Up on Diabetes campaign, Diabetes Australia is focusing on challenging diabetes-related stigma during National Diabetes Week
World Hepatitis Day being held on Thursday 28 July is an opportunity to raise national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response.
The election of the Labor Government after a long campaign opens the way for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his Health Minister Mark Butler to get down to business and help provide ongoing certainty for Australia’s community pharmacies and their staff.
Nominations open today for the prestigious Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s 2023 Pharmacy of the Year awards.
The World Pharmacy Council (WPC) met in Paris from 20-22 May 2022 for its annual conference.
Community pharmacists are being urged to respond to a unique multi-national survey for community pharmacists.
The Chair of the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy (AACP), George Tambassis, has announced the organisation is working towards no longer charging re-accreditation fees from 1 July this year.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated Mark Butler on his appointment as Minister for Health and Aged Care; Emma McBride as Assistant Minister for Mental Health, and Rural and Regional Health; and Ged Kearney as assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care.
The importance of getting a flu shot this season is being emphasised through Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s television advertising campaign aired nationally.
Access to self-testing is one of the pillars of Australia’s HIV prevention strategy.
A British report has highlighted the pivotal role community pharmacies can play as part of the primary care team.
Following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference (PA2022) returns to the Sofitel Brisbane Central from 28-29 October 2022.
June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, a highlight of which is Red Apple Day on 15 June.
Under the leadership of Indigenous peoples across Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) and the Council of Pharmacy Schools Australia and New Zealand (CPS) have launched the Leaders in Indigenous Pharmacy Profession Education (LIPPE) Network.
International Men's Health Week is celebrated every year around the world from June 13-19.
Butterfly Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds and set the agenda for the next 20 years of treatment and prevention of eating disorders and body image issues in Australia.