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Pharmacists are integral to the healthcare system, regularly interacting with consumers and other healthcare professionals. For community and GP practice pharmacists, the interaction between pharmacist and prescriber is often verbal.1 Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able...
This article was produced in partnership with Novartis.   Breast cancer remains one of the leading causes of death in women, accounting for almost 4% of female deaths in 2016.1 Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Discuss the...
Introduction Midazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine1 that potentiates the inhibitory effects of the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), resulting in anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, anterograde amnesic, muscle relaxant and antiepileptic effects.2 It is used for seizures and preoperative or procedural sedation...
Vomiting and diarrhoea are signs or symptoms of an underlying problem, rather than diseases themselves.1 Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Discuss common causes of vomiting and diarrhoea Identify and discuss both pharmacological and non-pharmacological...
This article was produced in partnership with Nutricia.   Dementia is a broad term used to encompass a large group of illnesses defined by a progressive decline in a person’s functioning (e.g. memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physicality). It is most frequently...
Allergic rhinitis

Hay fever

Allergic rhinitis (commonly known as hay fever) affects approximately 18% of people in Australia and New Zealand.1 Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: Identify the triggers of allergic rhinitis Describe the common symptoms of allergic...
Asthma is a common, chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that presents as episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, cough and chest tightness. It is due to widespread narrowing of the airways and obstruction of airflow. Learning objectives After reading this article,...
Injectable medicines are not what they used to be in the management of diabetes, with new formulations and devices providing more convenient and appealing ways to manage medication administration. Learning objectives After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to: ...
Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder. Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) affects over 1.2 billion people globally, and iron deficiency without anaemia affects even more.1,2 Even a mild deficiency can result in fatigue, poor concentration, mood...
   This article was supported through an unrestricted grant from ACHC International.   Good pharmacy practice provides optimal, evidence-based care responding to the needs of people who use pharmacists’ services. This type of practice must be supported by an established national framework of...