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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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Dementia patient needs largely ignored

Government and opposition commitments to improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians are being applauded by Dementia Australia, but the group says the needs of dementia patients are largely being ignored. CEO Maree McCabe says the health focus in the federal election campaign thus far is to be commended, …

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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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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 …

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Government commits to uncapped PBS

Medicines Australia (MA) welcomed the federal budget announcement of $331 million for the listings of innovative medicines on the PBS. This is reinforced by the government’s commitment to listing all positive recommendations made by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. “The Morrison government has recognised that medicines matter and confirmed their …

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