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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...
Suzanne Greenwood, a leader in the not-for-profit hospital and aged care service sectors, has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Ms Greenwood has been CEO of Catholic Health Australia, the largest non-government provider...
The tyranny of distance in Australia should make telepharmacy a potent force in healthcare. But a nationwide video conferencing service that’s dedicated to preventing medication misadventure in our most isolated regions remains a fledgling prospect. Why the disconnect? The North...
In this new regular series, AP is delving into the medicine catalogues of pharmacists of days past, to unearth often surprising remedies, like selling cigarettes for asthmatic children. Long before Camels became the doctor's cigarette of choice, asthmatics were being...
Research from the University of New South Wales National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) has shown a decline in illicit low-dose codeine use since the February rescheduling. The report shows 14% of the 910 metropolitan-based participants in the national...
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...
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...
Responsibility for providing the highest level of patient care and safety as possible rests with no single healthcare provider. The best results will always come from collaboration. In August, I hosted a summit with representatives of medical and pharmacy organisations,...
Australia prides itself on its multicultural chemistry, but it presents everyday challenges. Community pharmacy services can play their part by catering specifically for people from diverse backgrounds. Every third or fourth patient you treat is likely to have been born...
Changes to the Australian Government’s National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) took effect on 1 December, altering the range and price of certain products available to patients. The changes relate to improvements in treatment efficacy and reduction in cost for patients....