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Pharmacists - key in mental health care delivery : 18/04/2011 :

A media report on Friday showing that more than half of Australians suffering disorders such as anxiety and depression still go without treatment highlights the need for the greater involvement of other health-care professionals such as pharmacists in the treatment of patients with mental illness, says Pharmaceutical Society of Australia President Warwick Plunkett.
 
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has put forward a proposal to the Federal Government in its 2011 Budget Submission for a Liaison Pharmacist Program to be developed to help the Government deliver some of its health-reform objectives, particularly in the area of mental illness.

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Homeopathic emergency response team : 15/04/2011 :

...in action folllowing a mass outbreak of lack of wellbeing.

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Pharmacy well placed for growth in the decade ahead : 15/04/2011 :

Speaking at the Australian College of Pharmacy conference Forever Young in Auckland yesterday KPMG partner and eonomic and social commentator Bernard Salt said that changing Australian demographics will see pharmacy well positioned for growth over the next decade.

Mr Salt presented data to show that the strongest growth will be seen in coastal areas, mainly on the eastern seaboard and mainly in 'lifestyle areas' such as the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas of south east Queensland, popular destinations for the ageing baby boomer (pre)retirement cohort.

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MURs pharmacist 'responsibility' : 15/04/2011 :

Pharmacists have an 'opportunity and a responsibility' to embrace Medicine Use Reviews (MURs), one of the new professional services on offer in the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement, says Consultant Clinical Pharmacist and Chair of the Australian Association of Community Pharmacy, Debbie Rigby.

In a presentation to delegates at the Australian College of Pharmacy conference Forever Young in Auckland yesterday Ms Rigby described how an MUR made good business and clinical sense, as it could potentially identify a needed for other services such as a Home Medicines Review or the need for a Dose Administration aid.

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Pharmacists split down the middle on future outlook : 15/04/2011 :

This week's poll asked 'listers to tell us whether they thought community pharmacy would be more professionally satisfyling in 10 years time.

51% of respondents told us they thought this would be the case with 33% predicting a decline in professional satisfaction in the next decade.

Of interest is that significantly more respondents (51% v 28%) have a negative outlook compared to the results of a similar poll we ran in 2002.

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New video encourages PSA membership : 15/04/2011 :

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has launched a new promotional video encouraging young pharmacists to join the Society.

The video highlights PSA's roles in practice support, continuing education and advocacy.

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Overwhelming response to call for PSA Branch Committee nominations : 15/04/2011 :

The commitment of pharmacists to play an active role in the future of their profession has been reflected in an overwhelming number of its members nominating for positions on State and Territory Branch committees says the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia .

Nominations for Branch committee positions closed on April 1. In all States and Territories except Victoria and Queensland, more nominations were received than there are places available. This means that elections will now be held in all jurisdictions except Queensland and Victoria.

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Guild Disaster Appeal – application closing date extended : 15/04/2011 :

Applications to the Guild Members’ Disaster Appeal have been extended to allow Guild member pharmacies that were worst hit by the disasters more time to access assistance through the initiative.

The appeal, which was launched in February to assist community pharmacies severely affected by the recent floods and natural disasters across eastern Australia, raised a total of more than $449,000.

The closing date for applications is now Friday 13 May 2011. The application form is now available for download from the Guild website here.

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Don't forget to register for Pharmacy Practice Incentives : 15/04/2011 :

Two thousand community pharmacies have already registered for the new Community Pharmacy Agreement Pharmacy Practice Incentives (PPIs) - but another three thousand are still to do so.

After 30 June this year, eligible pharmacies will still be able to register and will receive a range of ongoing payments throughout the course of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement, subject to them maintaining their eligibility, but they will not receive any of the once-only start-up payments.

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ACP conference kicks off today : 14/04/2011 :

AusPharm is coming to you from the windy city, Auckland, today where we're attending the Australian College of Pharmacy conference Forever Young. Pictured below at last night's welcome dinner are conference speaker and AACP Chair Debbie Rigby and ACP's Brett McFarlane and CEO John Chapman.

We'll be bringing you all the news from the conference in tomorrow and Monday's (e)news.

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AusPharm CE: Proton pump inhibitors as Pharmacist only medicines : 14/04/2011 :

The latest AusPharm CE topic is Proton pump inhibitors as Pharmacist only medicines - it's been put together for us by Dr Jenny Gowan.

"The availability of Proton Pump inhibitors (PPIs) as Pharmacist only medicines has changed the management of patients requesting relief from short term heartburn and other gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. Pharmacist only PPIs are intended for short term use only and a person with   recurring symptoms or alarm bells as listed below must be referred for further assessment. The availability of PPIs as Pharmacist only medicines also is convenient for those patients who have run out of their regular PPIs, or are away from home without supplies."

Click here 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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Women, Health and Ageing – New Results from Longitudinal Study : 14/04/2011 :

The latest major report from the ongoing Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, released last Thursday, focuses on the health of older women.

“Knowing more about the key issues that impact on women’s health is fundamental to improving health outcomes." Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler said.

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e-Health Records Blueprint released : 14/04/2011 :

A national blueprint for the development of e-health records ready for their 1 July 2012 launch has now been released.

The draft Concept of Operations document describes how the PCEHR system will work, its benefits, the structure and the important privacy principles. The release is intended to prompt further discussion on its design and input into areas that require further discussion and development.

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API responds to Pharmacy Alliance attack : 14/04/2011 :

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries yesterday responded to claims from the Pharmacy Alliance group that it had indulged in bullying tactics when trying to set up direct accounts with Pharmacy Alliance members following a dispute over a tendering process.

API said that it had a long term preferred supply agreement with Pharmacy Alliance (PAL) buying group and its member pharmacies and that, as recently as December 2010, agreement had been reached with PAL on the terms of an on-going commercial arrangement maintaining API as PAL’s preferred wholesaler.

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Scheduling changes up for public comment : 14/04/2011 :

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has invited public comment on a range of proposed scheduling changes to be considered at the June 22  meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling.

On the agenda for consideration are a number of 'old' cough and cold preparations (including senega, guaiphenesin, ipecacuanha and phenylephrine) which are proposed to be upscheduled to S2. Other items include a proposal to reschedule loperamide in packs of eight dosage units or less, up to a maximum of one days' supply, from Schedule 2 to unscheduled, thereby allowing sale in grocery and a proposal to add 10mg rabeprazole to Appendix H, allowing it to be advertised direct to consumers.

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Greater consideration needed before ordering vitamin D tests : 13/04/2011 :

Testing for vitamin D has increased more than tenfold in the last five years, with test orders rising at a faster rate than any other medical test. This surge is likely due to increased GP interest in vitamin D deficiency, media reports of its high prevalence in Australia and its suggested role in a range of health conditions.

Asa result of this NPS’s latest education program for health professionals provides guidance around common questions being asked about vitamin D deficiency including who is at risk, when is testing of value and appropriate supplementation for those who are deficient.

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Poll: how professionally satisfying will pharmacy be in 10 years? : 13/04/2011 :

The recent talk of pharmacists working on prescription treadmills and of (mostly younger) pharmacists canvassing options for  retraining has us wondering how 'listers view the medium term future.

What will community pharmacy be like in 10 years time, in 2021? More or less professionally satisfying? Please let us know what you think by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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PHARMeFOOTY weekly wrap : 13/04/2011 :

AFL Round 3
 
AFL Round 3 was another good one for tippers with 22 selecting all the 8 winners. With 2 tippers selecting the correct margin it came down to cumulative margin to decide the prize. Terry Phillips from St Leonards Pharmacy is this weeks prize winner with Mark Robert Smith from Merriwa Pharmacy a close 2nd. In 3rd place was Gary Wakeling.

NRL Round 5

NRL Round 5 saw 7 tippers select all 8 winners correctly. Alan Malouf from Malouf's Manly Pharmacy tipped the perfect margin and wins the weekly prize. In 2nd place was Gretchen Gillie from Bellinghams Pharmacy with Scott Davies of Medicross Pharmacy Ipswich in 3rd spot.

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Royal Society promoting the profession to the UK public : 12/04/2011 :

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain has launched the first in a series of short films explaining to the UK public “what pharmacists do.”

The RPSGB films will cover the activities of pharmacists working in community, hospital and primary care settings as well industrial pharmacists and, in this first video, an academic pharmacist.

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PBS arrangements for remote living Aboriginals to be examined : 12/04/2011 :

The Senate has agreed to a motion from Senator Rachel Siewert (Greens, WA) that the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines to remote area Aboriginal Health Services via an S100 arrangment be referred to the Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee.

The Terms of Reference seek comment on a range of issues largely to do with whether Quality Use of Medicines and equity standards are being met.

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