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The rollout of My Health Record has raised questions surrounding the security of medical data. What measures must be taken in pharmacies to preserve the sanctity of patients’ private details? Pharmacists are well aware that their first priority is...
Scenario A patient, who identi­fies as an Aboriginal person, presents to the pharmacy for her monthly prescriptions. Her prescriptions are not annotated as ‘CTG - Closing The Gap PBS Co-payment Measure’. She queries why she has to pay for her...
In the August 2017 edition of Australian Pharmacist (page 10), I provided background on the regulatory scheme for cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis, import of bulk-sponsored supplies and scheduling of cannabis substances. This article provides information on patient access...
PSA has welcomed the government’s commitment to pharmacy in the 2019-20 Federal Budget through the extension of the Administration Handling and Infrastructure (AHI) fee and reduced Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) wait times. PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman said PSA...
I’ve got my pharmacy degree, but I want to be ready for whatever the future holds. What else should I be doing to advance my practice? ⊕  I grew up in pharmacy and, although the days of looking up at...
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asserted the critical role that PSA will play in drafting the 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement (CPA), shaping the scope of pharmacists’ practice for years to come. Mr Hunt helped open PSA19 in Sydney this...
Almost a third of My Health Record-connected pharmacies have already reported using the system to avoid a potentially adverse event, according to new data from the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA). ADHA General Manager of Service Delivery Garth McDonald told...
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...
New Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) research has revealed the number of Australian deaths involving opioids has more than doubled in the past decade, while more than 3 million Australians have had prescription opioids dispensed in 2016-17...
Significant levels of ‘high-risk’ medications in Australian aged care facilities provide an area of need for future roles for pharmacists, the PSA19 conference was told yesterday. And antimicrobial use, as well as wider medication ‘stewardship’, were key areas pharmacists could...