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Pharmacists rated second for honesty and ethical standards : 17/05/2012 :

Roy Morgan's annual Image of Professions Survey found that, once again, pharmacists were rated the second most most ethical and honest profession, after nurses.

“Roy Morgan’s annual Image of Professions survey for 2012 shows a majority of professions (18) recorded falls in their ratings for ‘ethics and honesty’ over the past year although Nurses (90%, unchanged from 2011) still lead the way as Australia’s most respected profession for very high or high ‘ethics and honesty’. Other professions in the medical field once again scored well with high ratings for ‘ethics and honesty’ including Pharmacists (88%)" said Gary Morgan.

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NAPE: Advanced Practice should be developed rapidly : 17/05/2012 :

The National Alliance for Pharmacy Education (NAPE), a collaboration between The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, University of South Australia and Monash University, said yesterday that it supports the rapid development of Advanced Practice as an important step in advancing the pharmacy profession and enhancing healthcare within Australia.

The group this week submitted a response to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee’s (APPFSC) consultation paper.

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Guild launches New Pharma video : 17/05/2012 :

The Pharmacy Guild has launched an explanatory video that highlights the benefits of its New Pharma online diagnostic tool and provides insight into its functionality.
 
New Pharma is an online program that provides potential pharmacy owners with the building blocks of a successful business by ensuring they buy the right pharmacy for them, in the right way.  The online resource is a guide for anyone wanting to buy a pharmacy in Australia and provides advice on practically every aspect of establishing and running a viable pharmacy business.

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New ideas and CPD points for pharmacists at NMS 2012 : 16/05/2012 :

Pharmacists attending the National Medicines Symposium (NMS 2012) will be able to apply for professional development points through the PSA.

Activities at the Symposium have been accredited for a total of 10 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 10 CPD credits) and 3 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 6 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan.

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Poll: does the pharmacy you work in have a website? : 16/05/2012 :

All 'listers would be aware that online sales of goods and services has grown exponentially over the last few years. A post on AusPharmList this week raised the issue of the desirability of a community pharmacy establishing a web presence but balances this against the perceived cost of establishing the pharmacy website.

Does your pharmacy have a website? Please let us know by voting in today's AusPharm poll.

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MedsPro a hit : 15/05/2012 :

The innovative MedsPro VPC (Virtual Pill Count), which is being introduced nationally by Webstercare for dispensing medications into Webstercare systems, is proving popular with pharmacists throughout Australia.

"The recurring comments from many of these pharmacists are that the system reduces packing time and reduces the amount of working space needed" said Gerard Stevens, pharmacist and Managing Director of Webstercare.

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Pharmacy Business Network preliminary program released : 15/05/2012 :

The Pharmacy Business Network (PBN) will take place at the National Convention Centre in Canberra from13-16 September 2012. The event website has now gone live with a preliminary program.  

Highlights of the program include the National Student Business Plan Competition, Jean Shannon from the St James Ethics Centre will be making the inaugural Judy Liauw Foundation Address and in a unique first, the PBN will host optional masterclasses on Sunday 16 September. The PBN is designed to help pharmacies make better business decisions - the focus is to provide delegates with tools and ideas to improve business planning, management and profitability.

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Latest edition of On the Record out now : 15/05/2012 :

The May edition of On The Record for 2011 has been published online and contains the following articles:

  • eHealth online Learning Centre launches
  • Budget delivers certainty for eHealth system
  • eHealth: Connecting the dots for GPs and patients
  • Northern Territory residents signing up to eHealth
  • eHealth: Protecting you and your information
  • eHealth record: Your stories 

On the Record will provides readers with updates on the development and rollout of the national eHealth record system.

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New eHealth “learning centre” goes live : 14/05/2012 :

An online "learning centre" on the pending electronic health record system targetting both patients and practitioners was launched last week.

The Learning Centre features a range of information about the national eHealth record system and the infrastructure that will support it. It provides interactive features for the general public and for healthcare professionals who may be looking for more detailed material.

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RGH E-Bulletin: Linagliptin : 14/05/2012 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Linagliptin.

"Diabetes mellitus is associated with significant morbidity and excess mortality, and for this reason new oral anti-hyperglycaemic medications attract considerable interest, given the high prevalence of diabetes in Australia and around the world. Linagliptin (Trajenta®), a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, was recently endorsed for subsidised supply under the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in patients with type-2 diabetes, for use in dual oral therapy with combination of either metformin or a sulfonylurea in patients with a HbA1c level greater than 7% despite the use of metformin or sulfonylurea, or where the combination of metformin and sulfonylurea is contraindicated or not tolerated."

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

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UK pharmacies prepare to offer vaccinations : 14/05/2012 :

Pharmacists in the UK are being equipped with the skills and resources to offer a wider range of flu vaccination services this coming winter.

Seasonal flu vaccination services can be provided by pharmacies under a patient group direction (PGD). The National Pharmacy Association, the leading UK trade association for community pharmacy, is offering half-day training courses from mid-summer 2012.

This training provides pharmacists with the required know-how for administering injections, dealing with anaphylactic reactions and resuscitation, and includes information on how to set up and deliver a flu vaccination service. The service can be offered outside of a pharmacy and participating pharmacies and their customers have access to phone support from medical colleagues.

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Conference & research grants open to SHPA members : 14/05/2012 :

Applications are invited from SHPA members for three grants worth a total of $30,000, to either attend conferences or conduct research. The industry-funded grants include:

Pfizer Pharmacy Grant 2012
2 grants of $5000 each. To attend a national or international conference, or undertake a preceptorship in a particular therapeutic area.

Sanofi Pamela Nieman Continuum of Care Research Grant 2012
1 grant of $10 000 to conduct research into optimising medication management for improved 'continuity of care'.

Fresenius Kabi Cancer Services Pharmacist Grant
$5000 grants (up to $10,000) for either:
- a preceptorship and/or conference attendance in oncology, haematology, stem cell transplantation or palliative care; or
- a research project in oncology, haematology, stem cell transplantation or palliative care in hospitals.

Application deadlines, forms and further information can be found online at the SHPA website.

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Hospital referral HMRs a step closer : 14/05/2012 :

The 5th CPA provides for changes to the HMR program, with an emphasis on patients most at risk of medication misadventure e.g. immediately after discharge from hospital. Accordingly, written stakeholder input was sought in Jan 2012 to a consultation paper on the implementation of a hospital referral pathway to enable urgent HMRs. The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has now published a general summary of the 75 responses to this paper.

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26,434 pharmacists on the Register : 12/05/2012 :

The Pharmacy Board of Australia yesterday released data detailing the number and types of pharmacists on its register as of March 31, 2012

26,434 pharmacists were on the Board's register at that time -  24, 675 were registered pharmacists with the remaining 1759 being interns.

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Pharmacists on top of their CPD : 11/05/2012 :

Over 90% of respondents to this week's AusPharm poll say they're on track to meet their 2012 CPS commitment of achieving 30 CPD credits.

This seems high to AusPharm - perhaps AusPharmListers are a particularly diligent lot!

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Medicines Partnership of Australia: time to talk : 11/05/2012 :

The Medicines Partnership of Australia believes that with the PBS so demonstrably under control, now is a good time for the sector and government to have a discussion about longer term issues.

The group welcomed the Government’s decision to leave the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) alone in this week’s Federal Budget saying that the cooperative approach between the Government, industry and community pharmacy has resulted in a PBS which is trending significantly lower than was previously estimated.  The group believes that this is why no new measures were implemented in this week's budget which affect patients’ access to medicines and why co-payments didn't rise.

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A Practical Program for Community Pharmacy : 09/05/2012 :

Starting Friday June 15th, the Guild Academy National Convention & Exhibition will deliver a Practical Program for Community Pharmacy.

The program, running over three days, contains over 60 education sessions, including Practical Education sessions running on Saturday the 16th.

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The Australian College of Pharmacy: Have your say : 09/05/2012 :

A renewed focus on quality monthly online CPD, face to face sessions and a revamped Annual Conference education program should strengthen the competitive appeal of College membership, says Jenny Bergin, General Manager of the Australian College of Pharmacy.

“Since I joined the College in January 2012 I have received feedback that pharmacists are looking for the type of offer the College delivers. There’s so much CPD out there and the discerning pharmacist is tired of wasting time sorting out the ‘wheat from the chaff’. They’re looking to reputable providers such as the College to provide good quality CPD which not only helps them stay registered but is meaningful in their practice."

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Pharmacy, PBS left alone : 09/05/2012 :

As expected, if not too confidently, last night's Federal Budget left community pharmacy untouched and made no further cuts to PBS spending. The budget did, however, confirm that the estimated savings that will flow from existing PBS reform measures have been revised upwards from $1.9 to $2.1 billion over the next 4 years.

On the down side the scrapping of the reduction in the company tax rates will cost pharmacy owners some much needed after tax dollars.

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Poll: CPD - how are you tracking? : 09/05/2012 :

To satisfy Pharmacy Board CPD requirements this year pharmacists are required to complete continuing education activities to the value of 30 CPD credits for the year ending September 30, up from 20 CPD credits last year.

Now that mandatory CPD has been in place for almost 2 years, AusPharm would like to know how people are progressing towards achieving their 2012 total. Please help us find out by ticking the relevant box in today's AusPharm online poll.

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