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On 19 June, the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Act 2017 comes into effect in Victoria. In preparation, there are several things that pharmacists need to be aware of. Victoria’s Acting Minister for Health Martin Foley recently announced that all dispensing...
One in six Australians receive a mental health-related prescription each year.1 Almost half the population is set to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.2 Pharmacists play a vital role in alleviating their burden. How to help a...
Whooping cough and measles vaccinations can now be performed by pharmacists in New South Wales (NSW), after approval by the state government. The initiative, which came into effect on 1 January, allows NSW pharmacists to provide diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa) and measles...
Australia prides itself on its multicultural chemistry, but it presents everyday challenges. Community pharmacy services can play their part by catering specifically for people from diverse backgrounds. Every third or fourth patient you treat is likely to have been born...
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has released a list of recommendations for healthcare professionals to ensure the safe use of medicines. The launch of Choosing Wisely Australia will provide healthcare professionals with much needed advice about medicines use. PSA...
Pharmacists could secure expanded roles in antimicrobial stewardship, medication management and infection prevention under new aged care quality standards. The Quality of Care Amendment (Single Quality Framework) Principles 2018 will come into effect on 1 July 2019. General Practice Pharmacist...
A new report has found that Australians continue to overuse certain medicines. Pharmacist intervention is necessary to keep this issue in check, said the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA). The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has...
It’s time for PSA to reveal our vision of the future of pharmacy in Australia. I am pleased to announce our Pharmacists in 2023 Action Plan will be released in February 2019, featuring the key actions to unlock opportunities...
Changes to the Australian Government’s National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) took effect on 1 December, altering the range and price of certain products available to patients. The changes relate to improvements in treatment efficacy and reduction in cost for patients....
Pharmacists have an important role to play in spreading the message that Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U) on World AIDS Day, 1 December, and beyond. The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) has released a guide...