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Blackmores appoints Alastair Symington CEO

Vitamin maker Blackmores has named Alastair Symington as its CEO and Managing Director. The position becomes effective from October 1 for Mr Symington, who has worked for a number of international health and beauty brands. Blackmores Chair Brent Wallace told the Australian Securities Exchange that Symington will be a valuable …

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Accreditation agreement for new five-year term

The Pharmacy Board of Australia (the board), the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have signed a new five-year accreditation agreement starting on Monday (July 1). Pharmacy Board Chair Brett Simmonds highlighted the importance of the work of the APC as the accreditation authority. …

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Impact of climate change on nutrition: new report

Blackmores Institute has released the report, ‘Sustainable Nutrition’, a scientific literature review that assesses climate change and its predicted impact on human nutritional needs, including future access to medicinal herbs and natural medicine’s key ingredients.   Blackmores Institute Director Dr Lesley Braun says it’s important to understand how global warming …

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Real-time prescription monitoring in SA

The South Australian government’s budget commitment to implement a real-time prescription monitoring system (RTPM) is a good step forward, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, which has called on the state government to ensure it is given high priority. PSA SA/NT Branch President Robyn Johns urged the government to …

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Free pharmacy scripts at NZ supermarket trio

Countdown supermarkets’ three Tauranga in-store pharmacies in New Zealand are now offering free prescriptions, the NZ Herald has reported. Free prescriptions are now available at Countdown Fraser Cove, Countdown Bayfair and Countdown The Valley, according to a written statement from Countdown. The move was expected to save local customers more than …

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GuildEd recognised with prestigious award

Guild Learning and Development, in partnership with Androgogic, has won the platinum award in the Best New Technology Implementation category of the LearnX 2019 Awards. The award was for the new online learning and CPD site, GuildEd. The focus of the award is on an innovative Learning Management System that …

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National Rural Health Alliance appoints new CEO

Australia’s peak body for rural, regional and remote health, the National Rural Health Alliance, has appointed rural clinician Dr Gabrielle O’Kane as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr O’Kane, a dietitian, comes to the job with 35-plus years working in outback private and public practice in NSW and is also …

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PA2019 program for improved pharmacy performance

The program for the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference (PA2019) is now available, offering pharmacies the opportunity to improve their performance through quality education and training for pharmacy assistants. Now in its 20th year, the PA2019 has played a key role in the education of thousands of pharmacy assistants nationwide. The …

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Aussies encouraged to ‘get Wellgrove this winter’

Wellgrove, the new over-the-counter health and wellness brand from the makers of Australia’s award-winning Cobram Estate extra virgin olive oil, launched in Australia this week with a 15-second TVC on networks seven, nine and 10.  Highlighting the antioxidant power of the olive tree and olive leaf extra, and asking consumers …

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