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RACGP welcomes move to distribute 1m masks

Media release January 29, 2020 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the federal government’s announcement that one million face masks will be distributed to GPs in areas where stocks have been depleted by the bushfire response. The N95 face masks, which are designed to prevent 95 per …

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Post-stroke depression needs further research

New evidence shows that more caution needs to be taken in regard to post-stroke depression treatments. The George Institute of Global Health in Sydney analysed 49 trials involving 3,000 people with depression following a stroke. It found that while psychological therapy or medication could be useful, the latter may come …

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Pfizer Aus/NZ chief to depart for Europe role

Pfizer Australia and New Zealand Managing Director Melissa McGregor will depart from her role in March. After spending four years in this position, she will take up a new opportunity with Pfizer as Vice President, European Cluster 1 for the company’s hospital business unit. “I’m very humbled to be joining …

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DDS tops its target in ‘wellness revolution’

Discount Drug Stores (DDS) says it has surpassed its goal of performing 100,000 health checks and interventions in 2019. The goal was part of DDS’ ‘wellness revolution’ campaign, a new movement developed to improve the landscape of customer health and wellbeing across its pharmacies and health clinics, nationwide. The campaign …

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New strategy to stop spread of melanoma

Media release January 29, 2020  Scientists from the Centenary Institute have developed a new therapeutic strategy that could potentially help the fight against advanced-stage melanoma. In a study just released, the scientists were able to show that they could effectively reduce the migration and invasive properties of melanoma cells. This …

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Make medicines part of your back to school planning

Media Release January 29, 2020 With the start of a new school year, NPS MedicineWise is urging parents to make medicines part of their family’s back to school planning for 2020. You, your child and their teacher should all know what medicines your child takes, where they are kept, and …

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Australia on high alert for coronavirus, including pharmacists

The coronavirus, which has the world in a knot, has made its mark in Australia, with seven cases confirmed in Australia – one in Queensland, two in Victoria, and four in NSW. The most recent patient in Victoria, who is now isolated, is a man in his 60s who had …

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PSA congratulates pharmacists honoured on Australia day

Media Release Janauary 27, 2020 The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) congratulates pharmacists and Life Members Emeritus Professor Bruce Sunderland, Mrs Jocelyn Watson and Mr Maxwell Page on their Australia Day Honours. “Each pharmacist recognised on Australia Day represents the contribution members of our profession make to their local communities, …

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Bondi lifesaver ‘Reidy’ makes an Australia Day splash for dementia

Media Release January 23, 2020 Best known for saving lives on Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue, lifeguard Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid will be making a splash in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day in honour of his mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Mr Reid will host the Sydney …

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Novel coronavirus a wing and a prayer away

With concern over the recently discovered novel coronavirus heightened in the last three days, our Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendon Murphy remains confident there’s no call for alarm. The virus was initially reported in humans on December 30 in the Wuhan, a city in China. Since then, in only 20 …

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