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State and federal health departments have advised of options available to pharmacists in parts of NSW and Queensland affected by this week’s catastrophic-level fires. Under the existing three-day emergency supply rule they can dispense medicines without a prescription until ‘at...
Pharmacist salaries in rural and remote areas are on the rise as the demand for professionals in community and hospital roles increases.  According to the 2019 Raven’s Recruitment Pharmacy Market Report, released last week, demand for pharmacists in the past...
Pharmacy and medicines featured prominently at the annual National Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) members’ conference1 in Darwin last week. An overview of the IPAC study (Integrating Pharmacists within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to Improve Chronic Disease Management)* was one...
Pharmacists are Australia’s most accessible healthcare professionals. The winner of the PSA19 Pharmacy Shark Tank innovation contest hopes that trend continues with an app to ensure a pharmacist is always available to answer a question. We all expect answers,...
A watershed moment for patients, pharmacists and medicine safety was reached last week when federal, state and territory health ministers declared Medicine Safety and the Quality Use of Medicines as the 10th National Health Priority Area.  Beginning with the January...
Critical problems with medication management, including overuse of psychotropic medicines on aged care facility residents were among the findings of the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last week needing urgent attention.1 The commissioners...
Mental illness has been treated as an ‘add-on to the physical health system’, the Productivity Commission has found, with up to 1 million Australians lacking the treatment and support services they need. Half of Australians will be affected by mental...
Early Career Pharmacists (ECPs) are emerging as a force for change as the profession moves to the safe and quality use of medicines, practising to the full extent of their skills and recognition for providing safe, equitable healthcare. The PSA...
Data released last month shows an increase in the number of aged care residents prescribed antimicrobials, highlighting the need for pharmacists to use their expertise to fight antimicrobial resistance.  The 2018 Aged Care National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey (AC NAPS) found...
The Pharmacy Board of Australia has recognised that pharmacists should be able to prescribe under two monitored models of prescribing, in a move welcomed by PSA. In a position statement released this month,1 the Board’s vote of confidence in pharmacist...