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The pre-election announcements by the Coalition and Labor that they will cut the maximum general PBS co-payment are a welcome and positive step in making medicines more affordable for most Australians.
The success of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement has contributed to a record high score in confidence in the pharmacy sector.
The Australian Patients Association’s latest Australian Healthcare Index reinforces that many Australians are finding medicines unaffordable.
Pharmacists are contributing to expanded immunisation coverage globally, thereby reducing illness and deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Australians are being urged to get a blood pressure check at their local pharmacy this month as the key step in reducing their risk of stroke.
The annual Most Outstanding Community Pharmacist award is now open for nominations.
Community pharmacies across Australia reached another milestone with the seven millionth COVID-19 vaccine being administered by a community pharmacist.
Medications rather than insect bites, pollen or food triggers are a factor in more than one in eight presentations of potentially fatal anaphylaxis, a new study finds.
Ear disease in rural and remote communities is occurring at alarmingly high rates, with limited access to health services and providers contributing to the problem
World No Tobacco Day, being held on 31 May with the theme Tobacco: Threat to our environment aims to raise awareness among of the environmental impact of tobacco – from cultivation, production, distribution and waste.
Consumer Healthcare Products (CHP) Australia has called for investment in self-care.
National Palliative Care Week (NPCW), held from 22– 28 May 2022, is Australia’s largest annual awareness-raising initiative held to increase understanding of the many benefits of palliative care.
May is National Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month which offers an opportunity for people living with Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis to speak up and remove the stigma around IBD to increase the public’s understanding.
Amid all the noise about how this year’s Budget will help to address the cost-of-living concerns most Australians have, one thing that really stands out is how a golden opportunity to help millions of Australians improve their access to medicines by making them more affordable has been squandered.
Cooleman Court Pharmacy in the ACT has been named the 2022 Guild Pharmacy of the Year.
Community pharmacists were rightly dismayed and insulted by repeated attacks on them by some medical organisations, the National President of the Pharmacy Guild, Trent Twomey, said at the recent APP2022 conference.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has described how he and his office needed to overrule some people in the bureaucracy to have elements of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement implemented.
Community pharmacy must be recognised as a health provider rather than being seen as part of the retail sector, the Shadow Health Minister, Mark Butler, believes.
One of the greatest obstacles to achieving full scope of practice is the attitude of community pharmacists themselves.
The Australasian College of Pharmacy and Guild Learning and Development (GuildEd) have formed a strategic partnership to take the pharmacy industry’s education and training to new heights.
Capital Chemist Chisholm in the ACT has been named Champion Pharmacy at the Australian Small Business Champion awards for 2021.
The Government has announced it is investing more than $100 million for seasonal influenza vaccines to protect Australians most at risk this winter.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has produced the 2022 Pharmacy Rental Report, an invaluable guide to the commercial landscape facing community pharmacy in relation to leasing and landlord relationships.
The Vice President of the World Pharmacy Council, Professor Trent Twomey, announced in the opening plenary of APP2022 that early career pharmacist nominations are nowopen for the $50,000 Australia Health Minister Young Pharmacist Global Exchange Scholarship; an initiative of the Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement (7CPA).
The International Pharmacy Federation, FIP, has announced that the theme for this year’s World Pharmacists Day will be Pharmacy united in action for a healthier world.
Community pharmacists in Australia are being asked to take part in a unique multinational survey looking at the provision of vaccination services.
A new study predicts a 50 per cent rise in the number of melanoma cases around the world by 2040.
Firouzeh (Fi) Farihi Zadeh, from Alive Pharmacy Warehouse Westcourt in North Queensland, has been announced as the 2021 MIMS/Guild Intern of the Year.
The Aussie Discount Chemist Group and TWCM Cumberland Park Pharmacy have won the Private Sector Award in this year’s South Australian Governor’s Multicultural Awards.
World Immunisation Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. This year’s theme is Long Life for All - In pursuit of a long life well lived.