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The pace of technological change in pharmacies is staggering, and the willingness and ability of community pharmacies to adapt to the changes is crucial to their future.
The work of community pharmacists has again been recognised in Federal Parliament with the Member for Braddon, Tasmania, Gavin Pearce, giving a speech in which he praised their “exceptional” contribution over the past year.
A wide range of consumer and professional groups – including the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Consumers Health Forum, Green Senator Rachel Siewert, Harm Reduction Australia, and Better Access Australia – have supported calls made in the Pharmacy Guild’s pre-budget submission for changes to be made to the Opioid Dependence Treatment Program.
The Pharmacy Guild’s pre-budget submission, titled Improving patient access to health care through community pharmacies, seeks to improve access to health care for patients through the establishment and funding of a national opioid dependence treatment (ODT) program, as well as by enhancing patient safety and minimising medication errors by supporting eligible pharmacies with the national roll-out of electronic prescriptions.
Change can be daunting and with catastrophic events, such as the bushfires and particularly COVID-19, community pharmacies have changed and adapted in a myriad of different ways.
The final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety reinforces the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s commitment to helping ensure the growing ageing population receives the best possible healthcare, regardless of whether they live at home or in aged care facilities.
Recent legislative changes mean pharmacists are required to report information on COVD-19 and flu vaccinations that they administer to the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) from 1 March 2021, or face penalties.
Capital Chemist Kingston in the ACT has won the 2020 Australian Small Business Champion Awards Pharmacy Category.
Pharmacy owners and managers at this year’s Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP) will be provided with expert advice on practical ways to make their businesses more resilient, with rent being a key area of focus.
The Australasian College of Pharmacy has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Dr Dimitri Kopanakis.
World Kidney Day, being held on 11 March, aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
The introduction of Active Ingredient Prescribing is generally a positive move, but at the Guild we are worried about how issues surrounding this initiative’s introduction may be affecting our patients.
The introduction of Active Ingredient Prescribing (AIP) from 1 February has already seen some concerns raised over errors in writing and dispensing prescriptions.
Debate in Federal Parliament – to enable pharmacists to substitute a different medicine for one that has been prescribed where there is a serious scarcity of the prescribed medicine – has seen the role of pharmacists during the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year highlighted by MPs from the Government and the Opposition.
Smaller pharmacies have proven to be more nimble than big chains during the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Institute for Local Self-Reliance says.
The diverse and wide range of ethnic communities located in the Darwin suburb of Leanyer have presented challenges for the area’s Hibiscus Day and Night Pharmacy.
A tool to help regulators enhance strategies and create the necessary regulatory frameworks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic through pharmacist-led vaccination programs has been developed by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Teal Ribbon Day, being held on 24 February, is a day to support Australians affected by ovarian cancer and educate people about this deadly disease to change the story for future generations.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is pleased to announce that the Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, will be addressing delegates at the Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP) on Thursday 20 May.