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The evidence is in: positive health outcomes can hinge on patients’ ability to understand health information – and on pharmacists’ ability to impart it. Health literacy has important implications for understanding health information,1,2 guiding health behaviours3 and producing health outcomes.4...
Prescribing is more than just putting pen to paper – but falls well within pharmacists’ scope of practice. Adding prescribing to the repertoire of the pharmacist has been on the ‘agenda’ in Australia now for nearly two decades. Despite a...
Research highlights the vital role HMRs play in averting medicine misadventure. In 2016, members of the PSA Accredited Pharmacist Leadership Group (APLG) undertook an audit to determine the clinical impact of HMRs on patients. The aim of this audit...
As part of Tasmania’s Winter Demand Plan for 2019, the Tasmanian Government is expanding pharmacist-led flu vaccinations to include children ten-years-old and over – a first in Australia. The initiative, launched by Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson on 19 May,...
Recent research could increase the involvement of pharmacists in the creation of effective medication management plans for elderly patients. The project is based on a 2016 study conducted by Professor Luke Bereznicki, Pharmacist from the College of Health and Medicine...
The discovery of sodium thiopental ushered in the era of modern intravenous anaesthesia, but its darker side as a ‘truth serum’ and use in lethal injections made it a household name. Sodium thiopental (also known as sodium pentothal) was first...
Pharmacists performing Home Medicines Reviews overcome many barriers in daily practice to deliver this vital service. When Dr Lisa Kouladjian O’Donnell MPS first contacted patient Cynthia (not her real name) to make an appointment for a Home Medicines Review...
PSA has welcomed the re-election of the Morrison Government and is committed to working together to ensure pharmacists are adequately remunerated through the negotiation of the next Community Pharmacy Agreement. Prior to the election, PSA asked the Government to commit...
New research published in the Lancet has confirmed the efficacy of antiretrovirals in preventing the transmission of HIV. But rates of infection are increasing amongst certain groups, indicating that there is more that policy makers and healthcare practitioners to...
Michael Bakker MPS is an ECP on the move. He’s a pharmacist team leader at South Australia (SA) Health’s Flinders Medical Centre, and in his spare time he volunteers with Parkinson’s SA. Describe your role as team leader at SA...