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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.
Next week is important culturally for all Australians as we mark NAIDOC Week, the annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of our country’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Capital Chemist Chisholm in the ACT has been presented its Guild Pharmacy of the Year 2020 trophy by Member for Bean David Smith during a ceremony at the pharmacy.
The report of the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has acknowledged the critical role played by community pharmacies during disasters, while also calling for the inclusion of primary healthcare workers, including pharmacists, in disaster management and planning bodies.
As part of the 2020-21 membership, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia is providing members with access to an Opportunity Analysis.
Benjamin King from Alice Springs Pharmacy in the Northern Territory has been named the 2020 Pharmacy Guild of Australia/Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year.
Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Action Week is being held from 8-14 November this year with the theme of Tell someone who cares.