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International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
There is still a long way to go before women achieve full equality in Australia, but an increasing recognition of the issues they confront is at least providing us with a road map of how to proceed towards that goa
Community pharmacies across Australia have seen firsthand the impact of unaffordable medicines for their patients. They have assisted their communities through a global pandemic and understand their health concerns intimately.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch has presented evidence to the Queensland Parliament’s inquiry into the provision of primary, allied and private healthcare, aged care and NDIS care services and its impact on the Queensland public health system.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch has welcomed the findings of a Queensland Government report calling for an expansion of primary healthcare services offered by community pharmacists.
The National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Trent Twomey, has praised community pharmacists and their staff affected by the floods in Queensland and NSW.
The importance of community pharmacies providing protection for patients and communities against COVID-19 has been highlighted with the milestone of six million vaccinations being delivered through the sector having been reached.
The head of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, has urged community pharmacists to encourage patients who have had COVID-19 to get a booster shot.
There is still time to register for this year’s APP, which is taking place from 24-27 March on the Gold Coast.
For more than a decade now, Australians from every corner of the country, in schools, businesses and community groups, have shown their support for Close the Gap by marking National Close the Gap Day.
The announcement that the oral COVID-19 treatment, Lagevrio, has been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.
Pharmacy assistants across the nation are preparing for their time to shine with nominations for the Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award (PATY) now open.
Guidance for pharmacists on supporting self-care in six areas — sore throat, gastrointestinal complaints, musculoskeletal pain, fever in children, sexual health and disinfection — is provided in a new handbook published by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
The rate of new registrations for organ donation has reached record levels, with 87 per cent year-on-year growth in Australians signing up as an organ donor.
The World Health Organization estimates that at least 50 per cent of vaccines are wasted globally each year, with a lack of facilities and temperature control the major cause.
This week is World Glaucoma Week and Glaucoma Australia has launched its first 7 Sights in 7 Days Challenge encouraging Australians to share a photo of an amazing sight every day for seven days to raise funds to help end glaucoma blindness.
Coeliac Australia’s national health campaign, Coeliac Awareness Week 2022 (CAW 2022), this year is shining a ‘green’ light on the link between iron deficiency and coeliac disease. Coeliac disease is a common cause of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.
Community pharmacists are increasingly concerned at the growing number of opioid-dependent patients in the community. These vulnerable patients need help and pharmacists can at times feel frustrated at not being able to do enough for them.
Rising concerns over the cost of food and fuel are matched by community fears that the increasing costs of medicines are putting many out of reach for a lot of Australians.
Pharmacy Guild National president, Professor Trent Twomey, has revealed community pharmacies across Australia have now delivered more than five million COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and James Cook University are united in helping to increase the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations across Queensland, with a new push to allow pharmacy students to assist with the vaccine rollout.
Australia Day saw a major campaign launched by the Pharmacy Guild to thank community pharmacists and pharmacy assistants across Australia for everything they have done over the past two years.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has acknowledged with sadness news of the death of the Hon Michael Beahan AM, former President of the Senate.
While community pharmacists across Australia work hard to meet unprecedented demand for COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid antigen tests, the industry continues to invest in its own future by delivering education resources for its next generation.
A wider scope of practice for pharmacists in reducing medication risks and errors is reflected in a recently released update of the International Pharmaceutical Federation’s (FIP’s) 2020 publication Medicines use review: A toolkit for pharmacists.
Each year, APP Chairman Kos Sclavos AM is asked to share his top APP program highlights – a difficult task given the calibre of sessions and speakers.
February is REDFEB, heart awareness month which, as well as encouraging people to wear red and donate, sees Heart Research Australia promoting new resources that highlight the differences in heart disease symptoms, prevention and management for men and women.
Teal Ribbon Day will be held on 23rd February 2022 and aims to support Australians affected by ovarian cancer, honour those we have been lost to the disease, and also to raise awareness of this deadly disease to change the story for future generations.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has announced four talented finalists for the 2021 MIMS /Guild Intern of the Year Award.