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New CPD modules for pharmacists

The Australian College of Pharmacy (the College) has announced the release of nine new CPD activities which are available to ALL Australian pharmacists at no cost. The nine modules are online and interactive, covering two important over the counter areas: Nutrients and supplements, and allergic rhinitis and skin allergies. The titles of these new CPD …

CAR-T leukaemia treatment is here

The future in cancer treatment has arrived for Australian children and young adults battling leukaemia, with the availability of CAR-T therapy in this country, according to Rare Cancers Australia (RCA). The organisation congratulated Health Minister Greg Hunt on the historical approval and reimbursement of Australia’s first chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) therapy. The ground-breaking …

Gold for a top Guild pharmacy

The Pharmacy Guild has congratulated healthSAVE Wilkinson’s Pharmacy on winning the 2019 Guild Award for Excellence in Community Engagement – Health Services. In the Tasmanian coastal town of Burnie, healthSAVE Wilkinson’s Pharmacy has operated at the same site for more than 35 years. The Guild says it continues to serve the people of Burnie from …

PSA calls for greater support

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has indicated that, following the May 18 election, it will be focused on working with the incoming federal government to support a healthier Australia by making better use of the pharmacist workforce. PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman says that while Australia has a world-class healthcare system, it faces …

Blackmores updates online guide

Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can now check more than 300 potential interactions between complementary and prescription medicines. Blackmores Institute’s online Complementary Medicine Interactions Guide has been updated with the latest peer-reviewed data and new herbal and nutritional ingredients. This latest guide in the series, which has been reviewed and updated by an expert university …

PainChek signs licence deal

Digital health company PainChek has executed a licence agreement with Churches of Christ in Queensland (CCQ), enabling the aged care provider to deploy the pain assessment app across 1,000 residential aged care beds. Under the partnership, the PainChek app will be accessible to the company’s nursing and care staff to assess residents’ clinical pain levels. …

Big healthcare reforms needed

The winner of next month’s federal election must have the courage to lead reforms to the health system to keep it effective, efficient and affordable, says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) CEO Alison Verhoeven. “Simply throwing new money at old problems will be doing current and future generations of Australians a disservice,” she said. …

Vaccination age lowered 

  The minimum age for pharmacist-administered vaccination in Queensland has been  lowered to 16 years. “Allowing trained pharmacists to administer vaccines will significantly increase the immunisation rates within the community and reduce the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases,” Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Queensland Acting President Chris Campbell said. “The administration of vaccines by pharmacists complements …

Biotech roadblocks need to go 

Funding allocations for areas related to biotechnology in the 2019-20 budget announcement ignore the real roadblocks standing in the way of a thriving biotech economy in Australia, according to The iQ Group Global CEO Dr George Syrmalis. He says that although spending measures within biotechnology are welcome, policies to remove the red tape preventing commercialisation …

Invitation: Pharmacy Trial Program survey

Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA) is undertaking the implementation review of the Pharmacy Trial Program (PTP), on behalf of the Department of Health, according to the Pharmacy Guild. The PTP was established under the 6CPA to trial new and expanded community pharmacy programs that seek to improve the clinical outcomes for consumers and/or extend the role …