Tag Archives: George Tambassis

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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Pharmacists answer to GP shortfall issue

Forecasting a shortfall of GPs, Deloitte’s latest report highlights the need for pharmacists to take a greater role in healthcare, says Pharmacy Guild of Australia National President George Tambassis. While the report, ‘General practitioner workforce report 2019’, looks ahead 10 years to 2030, the shortfall of GPs is noticeable from …

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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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2019 worst year for flu

As the 2019 influenza season comes to an end, new flu-notification figures highlight that it has been the worst on record, surpassing the most recent peak year of 2017. In 2017, there were about 250,000 flu notifications, compared with this year’s 302,000. “This year 812 people tragically lost their lives …

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Prescribing path for pharmacists

A clear pathway for pharmacist prescribing is shown in the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s position statement released this week, according to the Pharmacy Guild. This view was echoed by Pharmaceutical Society of Australia President Chris Freeman, who said: “PSA is pleased that the Pharmacy Board has concluded under the National …

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Guild in state opening on a ‘momentous day’

When the Pharmacy Guild of Australia opened its newly refurbished Queensland Branch premises this week, Guild National President George Tambassis had three good reasons for calling it “a momentous day”. Not only was it World Pharmacists Day, but Mr Tambassis was at the Branch opening, where he would also be …

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NAPSA and Guild agree on three-year partnership

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) have renewed their long-standing partnership for a further three years. Guild National President George Tambassis and NAPSA President Erin Cooper signed the new agreement during a ceremony at the 2019 Pharmacy Connect conference held in Sydney. Mr …

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Pharmacist’s global search for innovation

Queensland’s winning community pharmacy owner Lucy Walker is embarking on a seven-week, round-the-world search for innovation. As the recipient of a 2018 Churchill Fellowship, Ms Walker will initially attend the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) world pharmacy congress in Abu Dhabi next week. From there, the Churchill Fellowship study mission will …

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Honouring the outstanding life of John Matthews

The passing of John Cyril James Matthews, an outstanding community pharmacist, businessman, mentor and community leader has been noted with sadness by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia. National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, says Mr Matthews had an extraordinary life and contributed immensely to the world of pharmacy, pharmaceutical …

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