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A new report investigating polypharmacy among older Australians emphasises the need for greater pharmacist involvement in medicine management. The report, led by the University of Western Australia and University of New South Wales, estimated rates of polypharmacy in people aged 70...
A new study suggests that consumer-generated health data (CGHD) could empower patients, improve health outcomes, and reduce instances of self-diagnosis online.  The Australian research examined the efficacy of CGHD using a 2-study research agenda. The first component of the research,...
Point-of-care testing is expanding as community pharmacies deepen their engagement with consumers. With more than 5,700 locations dotted across Australia, ranging from the busiest metropolitan high streets to tiny rural hamlets, Australia’s community pharmacists are undeniably the most accessible of...
Australia’s pharmacists are underutilised. How can tapping pharmacists’ skills as medicines experts produce better healthcare outcomes? Pharmacists are highly trained, have deep expertise in medicines, are among the most trusted of all professionals,1 and are located in communities throughout Australia....
Suzanne Greenwood, a leader in the not-for-profit hospital and aged care service sectors, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Ms Greenwood has been CEO of Catholic Health Australia, the largest non-government provider...
Any evidence-based vision of an efficient, patient-centred primary healthcare system places pharmacists in essential roles front and centre. The future of global health care rests in patient and public-centred services delivered by multidisciplinary collaborative healthcare teams whose goal is...
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has reviewed their proposal to upschedule all alkyl nitrites to Schedule 9 (S9), but pharmacists will need to ensure they are made available, particularly to members of the LGBTQI+ community, without fear of judgement. From...
The new National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management offers plenty of opportunities for pharmacists to work to their full scope of practice. The Action Plan was developed by Painaustralia with federal government funding and proposed eight key goals in...
A substantial jump in Western Australia’s (WA) influenza cases and flu-related deaths has led to a reduction in the pharmacist vaccination age to 10 to increase herd immunity. WA Minister for Health Roger Cook announced the decision last week after...
In 2016, Melissa Sheldrick experienced the unthinkable when her son Andrew died due to a medication error. Without apportioning blame, she has since worked tirelessly to implement system changes so that it doesn’t happen again. Melissa will be a...