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QCPP set for transition to ‘Quality Care 2020’

The Quality Care Pharmacy Program (QCPP) is expected to transition to the Quality Care 2020 framework from July 1, 2020. Quality Care 2020 has made significant changes to the QCPP, which gives a framework for community pharmacies to provide quality, safe and consistent professional services and consumer care. It’s expected …

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Take-home naloxone pilot about to launch

The federal government is investing $10 million in a take-home naloxone (THN) pilot in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia. Government figures show three people die every day in Australia from opioid related use. More than 110,000 Australians are struggling with opioid dependence and 64 per cent of drug induced …

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My Health Record a key to meds safety

The My Health Record system can significantly contribute to improved medicine safety in this country, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. This week the Australian Digital Health Agency agreed to all five recommendations made by the Australian National Audit Office in its report, ‘Implementation of the My Health Record …

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PSA and Guild hail aged care meds safety funds

Significant investment to address the challenges of medicines safety in aged care, including reducing chemical restraint, has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The $25.5 million federal government funds aimed at improving medication management programs and reducing the use of medicines as …

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Priceline customers get click and collect option

Priceline Pharmacy has expanded its offering for customers with the launch this month of a new click and collect service. Priceline customers have long been able to browse and shop online for a wide range of brands and products. Now, customer options have been increased with the addition of click …

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$105m ‘super DC’ is first in Sigma chain

Sigma Healthcare’s new $105 million distribution centre in Sydney, twice the size of the MCG stadium, is a “very, very significant investment”, says CEO Mark Hooper. “We recognised the fact that we need to reinvest in our physical network,” he said this week during a showcase tour of the “state …

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Indigenous Australians get support for diabetes-related foot problems

The Government will invest $6 million over two years to fund the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Diabetic Foot Complication Project. The project, announced this week by Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, will see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with or at risk of diabetes-related foot problems and amputations, …

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Pharmacy Alliance announces winners

Pharmacy Alliance has announced the winners of its second annual Pharmacy Awards. The awards recognise the achievements of independent pharmacies nation-wide.  Hooper Centre Pharmacy in Toowoomba, Queensland was crowned the Alliance Pharmacy of the Year 2019; Partner Pharmacy of the Year was awarded to Ron Dunford Pharmacy in Parkes, NSW; and …

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Patient guide in move to reduce opioid harm

With pharmaceutical opioids linked to daily deaths and hospitalisations in Australia, a patient education guide has been launched. The guide, released this week by the NPS MedicineWise ‘Choosing Wisely Australia’ (CWA) initiative, is part of a national effort to help reduce the number of Australians experiencing harm from pharmaceutical opioids. …

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Emergency care guide to My Health Record

A national initiative launched this week will use My Health Record to support and inform clinical decision-making on the frontline of emergency care. With more than 22 million Australians now having a My Health Record, a suite of clinical tools and resources to support the time-critical work and informed decision-making …

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