Tag Archives: the Guild

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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Victoria lowers age for pharmacy flu injections

Children in Victoria aged 10 and over will be able to receive their annual influenza vaccination from a community pharmacy by a trained pharmacist immuniser. With this year’s severe flu season – more 245,000 laboratory confirmed cases of flu and more than 400 deaths recorded nationally – highlighting the need …

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Honouring the outstanding life of John Matthews

The passing of John Cyril James Matthews, an outstanding community pharmacist, businessman, mentor and community leader has been noted with sadness by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia. National President of the Guild, George Tambassis, says Mr Matthews had an extraordinary life and contributed immensely to the world of pharmacy, pharmaceutical …

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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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RACGP misguided and ill-informed on flu vax

Criticism from doctors over the Tasmanian government’s decision to allow pharmacists to administer flu vaccinations to children from the age of 10 is misguided and ill-informed, Pharmacy Guild Tasmanian President John Dowling says. His comments are in response to RACGP President Harry Nespolon’s claims that the state government’s decision could …

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Pharmacist prescribing win for patients

The options put forward by the Pharmacy Board in its discussion paper on pharmacist prescribing have been closely examined by the Pharmacy Guild. Aspects that have been examined include what would work best in community pharmacy, and what would produce the best health outcomes for patients. The Guild is clear …

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Guild embrace new APA pharmacist award

A new award for the Most Outstanding Community Pharmacist has been announced by the Australian Patients Association (APA). The award will recognise the increasingly important contribution of community pharmacists in helping improve patient health outcomes and will be announced at the APA’s third annual National Patients Awards for Excellence in …

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Autonomous prescribing the only way

The Pharmacy Board of Australia’s proposals for collaborative or supervised prescribing by community pharmacists have been rejected by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. The Guild believe autonomous prescribing for Pharmacists is the only possible option. It has published the reasoning for this stance in a response to the recent discussion …

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Funded pharmacy assistant’s training

The Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch has acquired funding to prepare pharmacy assistants for the future of community pharmacy. The funding is part of the Queensland government’s Training in Emerging and Innovative Industries Fund (TEIIF) and will be applied through the Modernising Vocational Education (MOVE) project which aims to support the …

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