Tag Archives: Chris Freeman

Unfinished business at Dept of Health

Secretary of the Department of Health, Glenys Beauchamp will take leave from 24 January, before officially stepping down from her role to retire on 28 February. Ms Beauchamp was expected to complete negotiations for the 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement, having told delegates at 2019 Pharmacy Connect conference she would secure …

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Pharmacists supply PBS medicines without prescriptions during bushfire crisis

A temporary expansion of PBS Continued Dispensing to cover nearly all PBS medicines will mean Australians affected by the bushfire crisis will be able to access their vital medicines at regular PBS prices if they find themselves without a prescription. Under the temporary change announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt, …

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Meds safety unites healthcare sector

Better use of funding, leveraging digital health and empowering consumers and the workforce were among strategies discussed at the first Medicine Safety Forum this week. More than 100 experts representing the breadth of healthcare, including government and consumers, were challenged to “think differently” on the safe use of medicines as …

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Antibiotics as placebo bad practice, says PSA

Using a placebo to treat patients is common practice among Australian GPs, according to a survey published in the Australian Journal of General Practice this week. The survey by Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri of the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, and Dr Kate Faasse of UNSW Sydney, …

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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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Pharmacists key in ACT healthcare submission

The ACT government is well positioned to more fully utilise the existing unique skill set of the 625 registered pharmacists in the territory, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, which has recommended four budget measures aimed at improving the region’s healthcare system. In its 2020-21 pre-budget submission, the PSA …

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Meds safety: PSA wants more done

While commending federal, state and territory health ministers for making medicine safety the 10th National Health Priority Area, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says more is needed. PSA National President Associate Professor Chris Freeman this week responded to two government announcements related to medicine safety and, while acknowledging their broad …

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Pharmacists’ lead role in safety of medicines

Pharmacists have demonstrated their commitment to making medicines in Australia safe and fit for their intended purpose by taking a lead role in reporting medicine and vaccine side effects. The Therapeutic Goods Administration annual performance statistics report, released this week, showed 24,000 medicine and vaccine adverse reaction reports were made …

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Antimicrobial use up amid resistance fears

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare in Australia, yet data released this week shows prescription rates in aged care facilities are on the rise. In addition, residents and care staff receive limited support to ensure that these medicines are being used effectively. The 2018 Aged Care …

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