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I want to implement SafeScript in my pharmacy. What do I do, and how long does the process take? SafeScript is an initiative by the Victorian Government which has established a clinical decision-making tool in the form of a real-time...
Conducting research can be a daunting prospect. But by choosing a mentor and working intelligently, pharmacists can research and have their work published. A study published earlier this year in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research found that pharmacists...
It’s no longer plain sailing in Australian community pharmacy. Bruce Annabel helps navigate in this, the fourth instalment of our Future Health series. Most have heard the saying, ‘You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails.’...
Faye McMillan is a pioneer, paving the way for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to work in the pharmacy profession. When she’s not busy winning awards, she works as a community pharmacist, university lecturer and...
A range of apps enable pharmacists and patients to see and/or manage their medical information. As the benefits of My Health Record (MHR) become more widely known, its uptake and usage can be expected to grow. As pharmacists, we...
A new MedicineWise program aims to increase the number of patients seeking help for anxiety and other mood disorders by educating healthcare professionals. Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder, are the most common...
Psilocybin, a psychoactive compound found in ‘magic mushrooms’, is being trialled in the treatment of terminally ill patients to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety at Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital. The treatment has proven to be successful in several international...
Lithium is an invaluable and lifesaving treatment for a range of psychiatric disorders, but its origins lie in patent medicine and the pioneering work of an Australian doctor. People have been flocking to hot springs of lithium-heavy water for their...
With community pharmacies feeling the squeeze, there has never been a more important time to provide continuity of care by building patient loyalty. Self-serve checkouts, online stores and banking through phone apps: these days there’s often little need to talk...
A group of Melbourne pharmacists have developed a data aggregation and visualisation platform used for strengthening health supply chains, disaster response and improving health services throughout the South Pacific. In June, the project won the People’s Prize at the the...