Tag Archives: Queensland

Guild’s RAP to close gap on reconciliation

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch has developed and received endorsement from Reconciliation Australia for the Guild’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Branch President Professor Trent Twomey said the RAP is a commitment to support the national reconciliation movement. “Nine pharmacies in Queensland supply PBS medicines via the Remote …

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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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NPSA members rally in face of fire

NPSA members have adjusted delivery schedules and seconded other resources to deliver essential medicines during the unprecedented bushfire emergency in New South Wales and Queensland. Team members at Symbion, Sigma and API warehouses along the eastern seaboard have been remapping distribution routes and working with emergency services to ensure pharmaceutical …

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Queensland Guild director appointed

The Pharmacy Guild has appointed Gerard Benedet as its new Queensland Branch Director. The Guild says the “experienced and dedicated executive” has extensive knowledge of both the public and private sectors, with his background including senior positions in Queensland state politics. Having worked at the National Rugby League, News Corporation …

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Guild in state opening on a ‘momentous day’

When the Pharmacy Guild of Australia opened its newly refurbished Queensland Branch premises this week, Guild National President George Tambassis had three good reasons for calling it “a momentous day”. Not only was it World Pharmacists Day, but Mr Tambassis was at the Branch opening, where he would also be …

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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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Symbion opens world-class distribution centre in Queensland

Symbion officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art $59 million distribution centre in Queensland this week. Incorporating the latest in automation technology, the Acacia Ridge facility operates with industry-leading accuracy and efficiency, ensuring Symbion can meet the needs of healthcare patients across Queensland well into the future. Symbion CEO Brett Barons said …

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Many Queensland pharmacies now dementia friendly

Lucy Walker Pharmacy

Queenslanders living with dementia and their carers will now have access to specialised support from trained pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in 165 community pharmacies across the state. The 165 dementia friendly pharmacies received training through the Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program, an initiative of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch …

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Real-time prescription monitoring welcomed

The announcement by Queensland Health of its commitment to introduce a real-time prescription monitoring system has been welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland branch. Guild Queensland Branch President Professor Trent Twomey said such a system would combat ‘doctor shopping’ and reduce preventable deaths across the state. “Providing immediate access to …

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Dementia opportunity for Qld pharmacies

‘Dementia-friendly’ pharmacy training is coming to Queensland with the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch successfully acquiring funding to enable 30 pharmacies to become dementia friendly. The funding is part of the Queensland government’s ‘Advancing Queensland: An age-friendly community grants program’. The Guild’s Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program will now recruit 30 pharmacies …

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