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In introducing the new medicinal cannabis regulatory framework last year, the Government’s intent was to provide patient access to Australian-grown and manufactured medicinal cannabis products, initially outside the standard registered medicines route. Australia differs from countries such as the...
An Australian study indicates pharmacists should play a larger role in identifying and resolving drug-related problems (DRPs) as part of a collaborative general practice team. A University of Technology Sydney study looked at six pharmacists that were co-located with GPs...
Following distressing reports of inappropriate medicine use in aged care homes, PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson has welcomed a royal commission into the aged care sector. Announced earlier this week following revelations of poor treatment of older people in...
Geraldine Moses FPS wears many hats. She’s a hospital-based drug information consultant and clinical pharmacist, and provider of the Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) national drug information advisory service, Pharma-Advice. Dr Moses is also an adjunct associate professor at the University...
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...
Pharmacists have been given a powerful new tool for giving advice to Australia’s diverse communities, after the Department of Social Services substantially expanded access to its Free Interpreting Service. Until recently, the phone-based service had only been able to be...
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...
In a landmark decision, Victoria’s Parliament has passed new legislation allowing for a new real-time prescription monitoring system – making it the first state in Australia to roll-out mandatory prescription monitoring on this scale. The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled...
While the My Health Record (MHR) opt-out date of January 31 has come and gone, people still have the option to permanently delete their record at any time. Here's some top tips to communicate to patients about MHR moving...
As PSA National President, I will continue to work with the government and other stakeholders to unlock opportunities for pharmacists to realise their full potential – focusing on scope of practice fulfilment, practitioner development and quality in practice. The government...