Tag Archives: GPs

Patients want more social prescribing

A report from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) suggests there should be an increase in social prescribing to counter rising health problems. Social prescribing involves the referral of patients to non-medical activities, ranging from health and fitness programs to movie clubs …

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Clampdown on repeat offenders

Antimicrobial stewardship took a step forward this week, with the PBAC recommending the removal of repeat options for antibiotic prescriptions. Targeting the prescribing of antibiotics at a general practitioner level is important because it’s where most antibiotics are prescribed – often with repeats not deemed therapeutically necessary. Research indicates that …

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Australian first: GPs available via pharmacies in rural areas

Twenty-three pharmacies across Australia have agreed to participate in the country’s first Telehealth service, ‘InClinic’ system. Sigma Healthcare and Doctors on Demand have partnered to provide patients with access to a professional online consultation and advice inside a pharmacy.  “We know that patients are demanding more convenient access to healthcare …

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Heart failure hidden or undiagnosed by GPs

Only one-in-five heart failure patients are immediately recognised in general practice1 according to findings just released from the SHAPE heart failure observational study. The study, ‘A Retrospective Cohort Study of Heart Failure in the Australian Primary Care Setting’ also found low use of medication which is proven to improve heart …

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Close the wound gap

Pharmacists are being urged to take a leading role in dealing with Australia’s “hidden affliction” of chronic wounds during Wound Awareness Week (July 15-21). Although chronic wounds can be healed, they often go untreated because Australians are “blind to wounds’” according to Wounds Australia, with many not recognising that when …

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Pharmacy trial for asthma

Pharmacists are leading an innovative new push to relieve people from the heavy burden of uncontrolled asthma. Under the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement, the Australian government is providing $50 million for five years for the Pharmacy Trial Program (PTP) to trial new approaches for pharmacy services. The Woolcock Institute of …

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