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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has heard clear calls for pharmacists, as a priority, to spend more time on the ground in residential aged care. Hearing from dozens of witnesses and receiving hundreds of submissions,...
It is difficult to overstate the importance of the present and potential future role of the pharmacist in the day-to-day health care of most Australians. Surveys of consumer patterns in utilising the health system, including those conducted by the...
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The new normal

A new PSA report describes the digital future of Australian health care, a ‘new normal’ with pharmacists front and centre, equipped with more information to better inform clinical decisions and provide safer care for patients.  Australia’s health system is...
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 healthcare needs of Australians are shifting – which means pharmacists’ training has to adapt to keep pace. The good news? It’s happening. The pressing healthcare challenges of our time are clear. Australia’s population is ageing. Lifestyle and chronic...
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...
Nations around the globe used to look to Australia for examples of bold and innovative pharmacy funding projects. But many of our overseas peers are now streaking ahead. Australia is lagging. In the past decade, countries such as Canada,...
The implementation of a Minor Ailments Scheme (MAS) has major support in Australian pharmacy. Here’s why it’s needed – and how it’s going to work. Minor Ailments Schemes (MAS) involve pharmacists treating and referring patients who present with common...
Victoria has begun rolling out its SafeScript real-time prescription monitoring program, prompting many to ask: When will pharmacists see a national system? Wading through the harrowing details of many thousands of prescription-drug related deaths, Australian coroners have been calling for...
Patients rely on pharmacists and prescribers having mutual respect for one another, while maintaining their independence. We take a look at striking the right balance. Ian John Gilbert, 77, had a psoriasis flare-up. He visited his GP, got a script...