Tag Archives: pharmacists

My Health Record a key to meds safety

The My Health Record system can significantly contribute to improved medicine safety in this country, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. This week the Australian Digital Health Agency agreed to all five recommendations made by the Australian National Audit Office in its report, ‘Implementation of the My Health Record …

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How pharmacists can cut hospitalisations

A recent report showing that more than 179,000 Queensland hospitalisations were potentially preventable in 2017-18 has prompted a call for action from the Pharmacy Guild. Responding to the recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report,1 the Guild’s Queensland Branch President, Professor Trent Twomey, said community pharmacists are highly trained, …

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Pharmacists key in ACT healthcare submission

The ACT government is well positioned to more fully utilise the existing unique skill set of the 625 registered pharmacists in the territory, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, which has recommended four budget measures aimed at improving the region’s healthcare system. In its 2020-21 pre-budget submission, the PSA …

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Pharmacists’ lead role in safety of medicines

Pharmacists have demonstrated their commitment to making medicines in Australia safe and fit for their intended purpose by taking a lead role in reporting medicine and vaccine side effects. The Therapeutic Goods Administration annual performance statistics report, released this week, showed 24,000 medicine and vaccine adverse reaction reports were made …

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Tear test sheds light on diabetic condition

Tear testing could replace skin biopsies in detecting diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a debilitating complication affecting almost 50 per cent of diabetics. A new study from UNSW Sydney is claimed to be the first to show that peripheral nerve damage, often the earliest sign of the type 1 diabetic peripheral neuropathy, …

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Health spend tracking at below inflation rate

More than $185 billion, or almost $7,500 per person, was spent on health goods and services in Australia during 2017-18, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, ‘Health expenditure in Australia 2017-18’, reveals spending per person decreased by 0.4 per cent, …

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Pharmacists’ preventative political pulse checks

Federal Parliamentarians had their heart rates tested by Canberra pharmacists this week, part of a nationwide initiative to prevent potentially fatal strokes. The initiative by Hearts4Heart is part of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Week (September 16-22), which aims to address alarmingly low levels of testing for atrial fibrillation, a heart condition …

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Celebrating pharmacists!

World Pharmacist Day is held on September 25 and Australian pharmacists are being urged to join their colleagues to celebrate. The theme for this year is ‘Safe and effective medicines for all’ according to Webstercare Managing Director Gerard Stevens AM. “Despite the ongoing evolution and increasing specialisation of pharmacists and …

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Pharmacists step up in a heartbeat

Australian pharmacists are stepping out in a nationwide campaign to identify Australians with a condition that increases their risk of stroke five-fold. Hearts4Heart, an organisation supporting Australians with heart arrhythmia, created the campaign in which more than 25 pharmacies across Australia have been invited to team up and offer free …

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Men living alone have problems taking Warfarin

Men living alone have more difficulty taking the blood thinning drug Warfarin than women, according to research presented this week at the 2019 World Congress of Cardiology. Dr Anders Bonde from Gentofte University Hospital in Copenhagen said the study suggests men are more dependent on their partner than women when …

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