Tag Archives: Government

Real-time prescription monitoring a step closer

Real-time prescription monitoring is one step closer following the Queensland parliament’s passing of the Medicines and Poisons Act and the Therapeutic Goods Act this week. Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Steven Miles, said once introduced, the monitored medicines database would provide life-saving benefits by assisting doctors when prescribing …

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NPSA defends value of CSO wholesalers role

The National Pharmaceutical Services Association used the Pharmacy Guild’s 2019 Pharmacy WA Forum in Perth to “dispel myths and present facts” about the work of CSO wholesalers. The NPSA said that for 6.5 per cent of total PBS spend, CSO wholesalers uphold a commitment to Australian patients on behalf of …

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Health Minister to open national conference

It has been announced that the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) national conference, PSA19, will be officially opened by Federal Health Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. The theme of PSA19 is said to be, ‘Pharmacists in 2023: unlocking your opportunities’, with the national conference to be held in Sydney …

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Pharmacy Guild joins the digital champions

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has become an industry association member of the federal government’s Small Business Digital Champions Project. The project is aimed at helping Australian small businesses, such as community pharmacies, unlock the potential of technology to revolutionise their operations and extend their reach. “We see this as …

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Pharmacy Location Rules

Consumers have benefited for almost 30 years from the Pharmacy Location Rules, which were introduced by the Government in the 1990s to ensure all Australians have access to PBS medicines and related services, delivered through a well-established network of pharmacies. The rules ensure that community pharmacies are established where there …

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Surge in support for chronic disease action

Research released this week shows a significant increase in public support for government action on chronic disease. The 2018 Australian Perceptions of Prevention Survey (AUSPOPS) found more than 60 per cent of respondents supported a large role for government in maintaining people’s health, up from 46 per cent in 2016. …

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More patient input in PBS advocated

Australian patients should be given a greater say in which medicines receive government reimbursement, according to the ‘Broadening the Evidence’ report launched this week. Patient advocacy organisations, government representatives and patients themselves gathered in Sydney this week at the launch of the report, commissioned by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Australia The …

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PSA reminds Coalition of commitments

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) looks forward to working with the re-elected Morrison government to address medicine safety, negotiating the next Community Pharmacy Agreement and delivering better healthcare for all Australians. “PSA’s ‘Pharmacists in 2023’ report shows how an evolved healthcare system can empower pharmacists to provide more effective …

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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 …

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