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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...
Healthcare professionals have reaffirmed the importance of vaccines this flu season, after the mutation of the H3N2 strain rendered some vaccines less effective.  A spokesperson for the World Health Organisation Influenza Centre recently confirmed that the strain, which is one...
While urban and rural community pharmacy practice are frequently compared, is there a reliable evidence base around these differences? There is a difference in health status between rural and urban populations. Those that live in rural areas typically experience more...
Greater support for GP pharmacists, funds for high-cost medicine reduction and $1 billion for new PBS spending have emerged as the high points of the Federal Budget. PSA National President Shane Jackson welcomed a Workforce Incentive Program that will see...
The combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine will soon be available from community pharmacies across Victoria, under a new State Government initiative. In last week’s announcement, Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy also lowered the eligible age for pharmacy-administered vaccinations from 18 to...
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released an updated List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the List). The document, which is released annually, is part of a comprehensive program that aims to eliminate doping in professional sport. “The publication of...
PSA recently urged all community pharmacy banner and buyer groups to take a stand against the sale of homeopathy products by refusing to stock, promote, recommend or market them. The call to action was issued via an open letter from...
An early start to flu season might lead patients to seek out the vaccine earlier than usual. But while healthcare practitioners stress the need for vaccinations, pharmacists are being urged to educate their patients on the need to delay...
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...
Medicine safety has been named a National Health Priority Area at PSA19 this morning, assuring greater focus for pharmacists’ roles in the quality and safe use of medicine. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt made the announcement as he opened the...