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A key tenet of PSA’s strategic intent is ensuring pharmacists are rewarded and recognised to reflect our high levels of training, our expertise and our contribution to the health system. I know many pharmacists are greatly dissatisfied with how...
On 1 January 2019, new laws will enforce the mandatory reporting scheme for medicine shortages – a welcome change. It’s a very difficult conversation to have with a patient when you have to explain to them that the only...
PSA Self Care Fact Cards are an ideal aid to connect with your community. The PSA Self Care Fact Cards are an invaluable resource designed to give evidence-based information to patients on common health topics. The engaging visual media breaks...
This Royal Commission is an opportunity to improve how we care for our elderly, and release the chains holding pharmacists back from preventing inappropriate use of medicines instead of being a bystander. Last month, the Federal Government announced a Royal...
The pastoral care role of the community pharmacist means we can still provide positive guidance even when medications will be generally ineffective. Pharmacists working in classic community pharmacies have a close trust-based relationship with many of their patients. We notice changes...
A potent poison purportedly behind the death of a king, arsenic has also served numerous, less-sinister, medicinal purposes. In fact, the terms ‘magic bullet’ and the ‘arsenic that saved’ were popularly used to describe the ability of an organic arsenical...
On 29 November 2017, the Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017. This is the first time an Australian state government has legislated to allow a person with a life-ending condition to choose the manner of their own death. For...
What role do pharmacists play in supporting and counselling the ageing population in improving their health outcomes with relevant CAMs? This question is a common issue that faces pharmacists helping older people. People often turn to dietary supplements and herbs...
Each year, approximately 15,500 Australian families face the grief and trauma of someone they love dying from a disease caused by smoking. In 2017, smoking killed more people than alcohol and drug (including opioid) overdoses, transport accidents, falls and...
A number of recent decisions by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) are highly relevant to pharmacists in Australia. Firstly, the interim decision from the November 2017 Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) to continue to allow general sale (outside...