Tag Archives: community-pharmacy

Guild supports Bowen as Shadow Health Minister

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated opposition MP Chris Bowen on his appointment as Shadow Health Minister. Guild Acting National President Trent Twomey says Mr Bowen’s extensive political experience will be invaluable in the health portfolio. “The Pharmacy Guild has long had a strong working relationship with Mr Bowen …

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Guild’s budget breakdown

In the federal budget edition of Forefront, the Pharmacy Guild has welcomed confirmation that the government, if re-elected, will provide $245 million over five years to improve consumer access to medicines and support community pharmacies. The funding includes: $215 million over three years from 2020-21 to provide additional remuneration to …

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Deputy PM delivers keynote

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack delivered his keynote address this morning at the APP19 conference, further supporting the direction and announcements made by Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday. In essence, Mr McCormack confirmed that the Government is committed to supporting and helping pharmacists, healthcare professionals and the Australian families they …

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Health Minister supports community pharmacy

Measures announced by Health Minister Greg Hunt today have been welcomed by the Guild, particularly as they provide additional certainty for community pharmacies. In his opening speech to the Pharmacy Guild’s national conference APP, Mr Hunt assured the audience the Government would retaining the current level of the prescription Administration, …

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Guild Executive Director David Quilty retiring

David Quilty will retire as Executive Director of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia in early March. Pharmacy Guild National President George Tambassis said that Mr Quilty had recently informed him of his intention to resign after more than six years of loyal service. “David wants to give first priority to …

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Pharmacy visits rising

Increasing patient visits are demonstrating the importance of community pharmacies as the most accessible health destinations in Australia. The latest statistics reveal there are more than 449 million individual patient visits to pharmacies annually, a rise of nine million on previous figures. This compares with 2018 data from the Australian …

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Health Minister tours community pharmacies

Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt discussed key issues facing community pharmacists during his tour of community pharmacies in Queensland this week. Topics included the $1 Discount, community pharmacy access to the NIP and the next pharmacy agreement. Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch Vice President Kos Sclavos said it …

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Flu dries up after record vaccinations

With only 52,000 cases of influenza reported this year, one fifth of last year’s 250,000 cases, Health Minister Greg Hunt has hailed the contribution of community pharmacies across Australia. This year’s successful primary care vaccination program helped deliver the lowest rates of flu in Australia since 2013 with a record …

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