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Updates to MedicineWise app help ease carer role

Funded by Family and Community Services NSW, updates to the free NPS MedicineWise app now enable carers and healthcare workers of one or more people to keep details of everyone they care for in one app, including details of medicines.   The app updates also allow people who have more …

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Chris Owen elected as new ACP President

The Australian College of Pharmacy has elected Chris Owen as President and Rick Xynias as Vice President at its recent annual elections. Both are members of the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch committee.   A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mr Owen is a pharmacist with more than …

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Aussie flu vaccine set to begin trials across US

A more effective seasonal flu vaccine developed in South Australia is about to be tested in clinical trials across the US. Dr Nikolai Petrovsky, Flinders University Professor and Research Director of local company Vaxine, says his team has demonstrated that even though flu vaccines provide some protection, a lot more …

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Confirmed: exposure to bacteria begins in womb

Australian researchers have settled a longstanding controversy as to whether the womb is sterile. A new study based on contamination controls has confirmed that exposure to influential bacteria begins in the womb and could help to shape the developing foetal immune system, gut and brain. The study’s researchers gathered amniotic …

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Glaucoma group’s $200k in new research grants

Glaucoma Australia will award $200,000 in the first round of its new Glaucoma Research Grants Program funded by the William A Quinlivan Research Fund, which was established in 2006. Applications are now open until September 1, 2019, with the successful recipients to be announced on World Sight Day (October 10). …

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Shadow Minister will address Guild dinner

The Pharmacy Guild has confirmed that Shadow Health Minister Chris Bowen will address its annual parliamentary dinner on September 10 in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. Guild Acting National President Trent Twomey says the Guild welcomes Mr Bowen’s   input in providing the federal opposition’s perspective on community pharmacy. …

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Agency invests in local industry to design software for specialists

The Australian Digital Healthy Agency has partnered with Australian software organisations to design world leading software for specialists. Nine specialist software vendors, including Zedmed and Clinic to Cloud, have received $40,000 to integrate the My Health Record into their current systems, to bring benefits to specialists, including cardiologists and anaesthetists. …

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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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