Tag Archives: PSA

Meds safety unites healthcare sector

Better use of funding, leveraging digital health and empowering consumers and the workforce were among strategies discussed at the first Medicine Safety Forum this week. More than 100 experts representing the breadth of healthcare, including government and consumers, were challenged to “think differently” on the safe use of medicines as …

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Antibiotics as placebo bad practice, says PSA

Using a placebo to treat patients is common practice among Australian GPs, according to a survey published in the Australian Journal of General Practice this week. The survey by Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri of the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, and Dr Kate Faasse of UNSW Sydney, …

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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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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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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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Meds safety: PSA wants more done

While commending federal, state and territory health ministers for making medicine safety the 10th National Health Priority Area, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia says more is needed. PSA National President Associate Professor Chris Freeman this week responded to two government announcements related to medicine safety and, while acknowledging their broad …

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Funds allocated to additional training

Recognising the important role of community pharmacists in mental healthcare, the NSW Government has announced the allocation of new funding to train pharmacists working in regional areas, with customers mental health issues. The allocation of funds to mental health training is move welcome by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) …

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Antimicrobial use up amid resistance fears

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest challenges facing healthcare in Australia, yet data released this week shows prescription rates in aged care facilities are on the rise. In addition, residents and care staff receive limited support to ensure that these medicines are being used effectively. The 2018 Aged Care …

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Pharmacists keen to solve age-old issue

Avoidable medication errors are causing the hospitalisation of more than 100 aged care residents every day in Australia, according to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. PSA President Associate Professor Chris Freeman says expanding the role of pharmacists in the provision of healthcare for vulnerable older Australians would offer protection from …

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New e-learning modules for pharmacists

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Guild), in partnership with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have developed two new e-learning modules for pharmacists. The e-learning modules are said to be designed to help pharmacists increase their knowledge of the regulatory requirements applied to complementary …

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