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SHPA Councillor recognised as Victorian Young Achiever : 26/09/2011 :

Last Friday, the Victorian Branch of SHPA announcd Megan Middleton, pictured right, as the William Mercer Young Achiever of 2011. This annual award is named in honour of the late William (Bill) Mercer, who made an outstanding contribution to the pharmacy profession and to SHPA. 

The award is for a pharmacist who has made a substantial contribution to hospital pharmacy in Victoria, is under 35 years of age at the time of nomination and is an SHPA member engaged in hospital pharmacy or related practice. 

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Drug-induced photosensitivity reactions : 26/09/2011 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Drug-induced photosensitivity reactions.

"Drug induced photosensitivity reactions are a relatively common side effect associated with many medications. These reactions occur via activation of a chemical by ultra-violet or visible light. Many commonly used drugs are implicated (both systemic and topical use), and include amiodarone, NSAIDs, phenothiazines, retinoids, quinolones, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, and thiazides.  Most photosensitive reactions manifest as an exaggerated sunburn on areas of exposed skin; however, some phototoxic reactions may cause a vesicular rash that resembles porphyria cutanea tardea (pseudoporphyria), or other skin conditions, such as lichen planus."


Click here to read the bulletin in full. The E‑Bulletins are archived on the AusPharmList website here.

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$2.00 a page the price point for certifying document copies : 23/09/2011 :

In light of recent discussion on AusPharmList about pharmacists' reluctance to charge for certifying document copies, this week's AusPharm poll asked 'listers what an appropriate per page fee would be.

In a good voter turnout 14% of respondents stuck with tradition and said that the service should be free and, of the rest, almost all were in the $1 to $5 range.

Our take on the result? $2 a page.

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October 2011 PBS schedule : 23/09/2011 :

The October 2011 PBS Schedule and the ‘Summary of Changes’ are now available.

Download the Full PBS schedule

Download the PBS Summary of changes.

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Guild to farewell respected Director of Health Economics : 23/09/2011 :

The Pharmacy Guild’s long serving National Director of Health Economics, Dr Michael Tatchell, pictured right,  has announced he will be retiring at the end of this year.

Dr Tatchell has been with the Guild for for almost 27 years, having joined the organisation in February 1985. He describes his time as being a time of “great change and challenge for community pharmacy in Australia”.

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November 2011 PBAC meeting agenda released, submissions invited : 23/09/2011 :

The Agenda for the November 2011 meeting of the Pharmaceutical Benefit Advisory Committee (PBAC) has been published on the Department of Health website, here.

Comments on agenda items are invited.

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Harm Minimisation Under the Spotlight : 22/09/2011 :

Harm minimisation is a growing area of pharmacy practice and its importance will continue to gain prominence with the evolution to a more collaborative health-care model. To help pharmacists take advantage of the opportunities presented by the provision of harm minimisation services, a pre Congress session is being held on Thursday, 6 October 2011, at PAC11.
 
The session will examine a range of relevant topics including issues where speakers will delve into the current state of the nation, national legislative and procedural state variations and interstate transfer procedures.

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AusPharm CE: Gout : 22/09/2011 :

The next AusPharm CE topic for 2011 is Update on Gout- it's been put together for us by Debbie Rigby.

"Gout is a common inflammatory arthritis, occurring predominantly in 40 to 60 year old men. The prevalence increases with age, and the gender disparity decreases as women reach menopause, due to the fact that oestrogen is uricosuric. The ageing population, changing diets and increasing obesity will see a rising prevalence of gout in the community."

This activity has been accredited for 1 CPD credit suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. Accreditation number: CX110022o.

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to do this Continuing Education activity. Or, if you prefer, you might like to take a look at our other CE activities here .

AusPharm gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the sponsors of our CE program, MIMS.

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MPs fire up Parliament House for a Big Aussie Barbie : 22/09/2011 :

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia -  this year almost 20,000 Australian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 3,300 men will die of the disease.

This month is International Prostate Cancer Awarness Month, and all Aussies are being encouraged to host a barbie to raise much needed funds for the cause. Today federal Parliamentarians will don their blue aprons to show their support for the Big Aussie Barbie campaign.

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Grants to Support DonateLife Week 2012 : 22/09/2011 :

DonateLife Week is the national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation coordinated by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of the Australian Government’s National Reform Agenda to increase organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

The theme of DonateLife Week 2012, “Ask and know your loved ones’ wishes” enourages all Australians to have the important discussion about organ and tissue donation with their families and to know each other’s wishes.

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Helen gets a gong : 21/09/2011 :

On Monday we reported that Port Augusta pharmacist, Helen Flannery, has been named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s South Australian Pharmacist of the Year. 

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Poll: charging a fee for certifying document copies : 21/09/2011 :

Once again on AusPharmList recently there has been discussion about whether or not pharmacists should charge to certify document copies.

AusPharm ran a poll on this issue back in 2006 in which 80% of respondents agreed that pharmacists should charge a fee for this service.

What fee though?

Please let us know what you think by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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Roxon talks up government's efforts on smoking in UN speech : 21/09/2011 :

In a speech delivered in New York yesterday during the plenary session of the UN high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Health Minister Nicola Roxon, pictured right, highlighted Australia's efforts in combatting smoking in the Australian community.

'Unlike most other risk factors for NCDs, the evidence on tobacco is crystal clear. We know the harms, the research evidence is unequivocal.' She said.

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Welsh pharmacy trial of diabetes screening a success : 21/09/2011 :

Every pharmacy in Wales recently offered free type two diabetes risk assessments. During a two week period 17,507 people visited a pharmacy and took the risk assessment.

Of those assessed, 8.4% - almost 1500 people - were identified as high risk and referred to their GP for a formal diabetes test. Pharmacists also advised participants about how they could reduce their risk by eating a healthy, balanced diet and leading an active lifestyle.

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Keeping epilepsy in mind : 21/09/2011 :

New research into the country’s most common, chronic brain disorder  reveals 50 per cent of participants have experienced discrimination due to their epilepsy.

The Australian-first longitudinal study, released yesterday, paints a candid picture of the psychological, social and physical challenges and barriers encountered by people living with epilepsy.

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Is it any good and does it matter? : 20/09/2011 :

The art of deciphering evidence and talking to patients about it will be the subject of a special workshop at PAC11 this year.
 
The Critical Appraisal Workshop, or Is it any good & does it matter? will be held on Sunday 9 October and explore the key elements of a structured critical appraisal process. It will also help provide the skills for pharmacists to apply a structured critical appraisal approach to a research paper, which can sometimes seem like a daunting process.

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National Health Performance Authority legislation passed : 20/09/2011 :

A new national watchdog for Australia’s health system will soon be formed after legislation to establish the National Health Performance Authority passed the Senate yesterday.

The authority will monitor, assess and report on the performance of hospitals and health networks and will give state governments 45 days' notice of the results before they are released to the public.

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New Resource to Get Australians Talking About Donation Wishes : 19/09/2011 :

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King yesterday launched a new resource to help Australians overcome barriers to discussion about organ and tissue donation.

The DonateLife Guide for Community Speakers includes a step-by-step presentation, case studies, and background on organ and tissue donation, DonateLife and the Gillard Government’s National Reform Agenda.

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Pharmacist Coalition calls for greater inclusion in chronic disease services : 19/09/2011 :

Latest AIHW statistics predicting an 80% increase in new cases of end-stage renal disease by 2020 have prompted a further general call by the Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform (PCHR) for greater involvement of pharmacists in service provision for chronic disease.

Commenting on the economic imperative behind the management of such disease states, PSA CEO and PCHR spokesperson Liesel Wett declared that pharmacists need to be involved in Medicare Locals to help better co-ordinate healthcare services for chronic disease. She also stated that “New models need to be developed to allow pharmacists to be funded to consult with patients in their pharmacy, or during home visits, to review, monitor and educate them about their medicines."

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SA Pharmacist of the year named : 19/09/2011 :

A community pharmacist from Port Augusta, Helen Flannery, has been named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s South Australian Pharmacist of the Year.

Ms Flannery’s work in a rural area involves close community consultation with both patients and other health-care professionals to ensure the best health outcomes for consumers and patients.

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