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California greatly expands pharmacists’ role as health providers : 10/10/2013 :

In light of recent discussions in Australia about expanding the role of pharmacists in rural areas underserviced by GPs, 'listers may be interested the hear Californian pharmacists will soon have the power to perform physical assessments; order and interpret laboratory tests; refer patients to other providers; start, adjust and terminate medications under physician protocol and work with other health care providers to evaluate and manage a patient’s health issues.

The new powers follow the successful enactment of legislation to expand the services that pharmacists are authorized to provide in the state. It is supported by many healthcare related organizations including the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, the California Association of Physician Groups and the California Hospital Association.

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Mental Health Week - pharmacists looking after pharmacists : 10/10/2013 :

This week is Mental Health Week, a time, says the Pharmacists' Support Service (PSS), to not only think about your patients' mental health needs, but also a time to think about your own mental health. 

Health professionals, including pharmacists, spend a lot of time caring for others and do not always pay attention to their own health and well-being, says PSS.

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Turn up for last minute registrations at PAC13 : 10/10/2013 :

If you decide at the last minute that you don’t want to miss the great clinical, business and networking opportunities available at PAC13, then you still have the chance to register at the Congress venue on the day or days you wish to attend.

PAC13 is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre form Friday 11 October 2013 until Sunday 13 October 2013.

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Maximising your clinical intervention opportunities : 10/10/2013 :

Great opportunities lie in the delivery of clinical interventions in pharmacies, but unfortunately many pharmacists still may not be maximising the potential this service offers.

PAC13, which gets underway in Brisbane today, will present a special workshop laying the foundation for pharmacists to successfully perform, record and claim clinical interventions under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Pharmacy Practice Incentives, even on, or especially on, the busiest of days in their pharmacy.

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PAC app now available for download : 10/10/2013 :

The PAC13 app is now available for download for either android or IOS mobile phones and devices.

The app has been designed to give delegates all the details they need about the conference with alerts and updates to keep them informed on all the latest news and developments at PAC13.

A special feature is the 'My Schedule' section which enables delegates to set up their own Congress schedule by choosing which sessions they want to attend. The app also features full details of the speakers and presenters, as well as session details, times and venues.

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Final-year pharmacy students can apply for registration now : 10/10/2013 :

Final year pharmacy students are being urged by the Pharmacy Board to apply for provisional registration now, before they graduate.

The online graduate application service at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website enables students to apply for provisional registration four to six weeks before completing their course.

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Pharma: Don't import NZ medicines system to Australia : 10/10/2013 :

Speaking at a Medicines New Zealand conference in Auckland yesterday, Medicines Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brendan Shaw, said that Australia should avoid adopting the New Zealand model of medicines funding.

“While New Zealand has exported many good things to Australia, its system of funding medicines should not be one of them,” Dr Shaw said.

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Poll: CPD for the year just ended : 09/10/2013 :

The CPD year ended on September 30 with this year's Pharmacy Board requirement being that pharmacists need to have accumulated 40 CPD credits, not more than half of which can be Group 1 credits.

This week, the Board reminded pharmacists that they might, at any time, be randomly selected for audit to confirm they have complied with the Board's CPD standard.

How would you go if selected for audit? Please let us know by voting in this week's AusPharm poll.

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Bill Scott moves on : 09/10/2013 :

Respected Australian pharmacy leader Bill Scott has stepped down as Chairman of both GuildLink and the Fred IT Group.

Mr Scott chaired GuildLink, formerly known as healthlinks.net, from the time of the Pharmacy Guild’s purchase of the company in October 2004. He oversaw the transition of the company from a facilitator of Consumer Medicines Information (CMI) leaflets, to a developer and distributor of national systemised patient support programs via its GuildCare platform.

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RGH E‑Bulletin: Lamotrigine in bipolar depression : 08/10/2013 :

The topic of this week's RGH E‑Bulletin is Lamotrigine in bipolar depression.

"Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of recurrent mania or hypomania and recurrent depression. The disorder is categorised into the bipolar I and bipolar II subtypes. Major depressive episodes are a debilitating aspect of the illness for most patients with bipolar disorder, and there is an associated significant risk of suicide. In general terms, pharmacological management options for the treatment for mania have been more extensively studied than for bipolar depression. One of the major challenges in treating bipolar depression is to reduce depressive symptoms without inducing mania (a phenomenon sometimes referred to as treatment-emergent affective switch – TEAS)."

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

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Increased role for pharmacists poor prescription for rural ills : 08/10/2013 :

Calls to allow pharmacists in country areas to issue prescriptions and administer vaccinations would condemn rural Australians to substandard care, the AMA believes.

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said it was a flawed idea that would compromise the standard of care rather than improve access to primary health services.

He was responding to proposals in a recent Grattan Institute Report that pharmacists could play a greater role in health care in rural areas underserviced by GPs by administering vaccinations and issuing repeat prescriptions for chronic medications.

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Board concerned about proposed new dextropropoxyphene supply arrangement : 07/10/2013 :

It was announced last month that prescribers wishing to prescribe Aspen's dextropropoxyphene products Di-Gesic and Doloxene may soon need to provide pharmacists with an additional 'Prescriber Form' as well as the actual prescription.

In its regular monthly communiqué, published on Friday, the Pharmacy Board said "it is concerned about the ramifications for pharmacists in that additional requirements must be complied with if supplying these products."

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Pharmacy Board audits can happen at any time : 07/10/2013 :

Pharmacy Board parent body AHPRA recently undertook work  to determine the frequency, size and type of audits required to determine health professionals' compliance with mandatory registration standards.

In its regular monthly communiqué, issued last week, the Board said pharmacists should be aware that auditing may occur at any time - not just as part of the registration renewal process - and ensure evidence (records of activities which meet the requirements of the standard) are retained for three years. 

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RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletin CPD Digest - Issue No 63 : 04/10/2013 :

The next in our 2013 series of continuing professional development activities is the RGH E-Bulletin Digest No. 63.

This CPD activity assesses your understanding of four recent RGH Pharmacy E-Bulletins, Volumes 51-3 → 51-6 (July/August 2013).

You can access these E-Bulletins individually here or as a group here (this Digest includes the 4 bulletins, the references and the questions).

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Expanded role for pharmacists in rural areas a 'great idea' : 04/10/2013 :

82% of the respondents to this week's AusPharm poll think it's a 'great idea' for pharmacists to take on an expanded role in health in rural areas poorly servcied by GPs.

The idea was floated recently in a new Gratten Institute report, authoted by former Health Department head, Stephen Duckett. Ducket sees a role for pharmacists in areas underservied by GPS in giving vaccinations, issuing and filling repeat prescriptions and taking a greater role in managing medications for people with chronic conditions.

Roughly half of those endorsing the idea in the poll think it has a good chance of getting up with the other half believing the doctor lobby will stymie progression of the iinitative.

 

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40 CPD points your target for 2013/14 : 04/10/2013 :

The Pharmacy Board confirmed yesterday that for the period 1 October 2013 and 30 September 2014, pharmacists will be required to achieve at least 40 CPD credits.

Details are on the Board's website here.

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Wound care in practice - new resource for health professionals to be launched at PAC13 : 04/10/2013 :

A practical hands-on wound care guide for frontline health-care professionals has been developed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and will be released at the Society’s upcoming Congress in Brisbane.

The new Wound care in practice book contains full-colour illustrations and is a quick and easy reference to help assess and manage common wounds.

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October Australian Prescriber : 03/10/2013 :

The October 2013 issue of Australian Prescriber is now available online. Topics featured in this issue include:

  • Asthma drugs in pregnancy and lactation
  • Assessment and management of eating disorders
  • Prescribing for refugees

It also contains the most recent Medicines Safety Update.

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Rigby, Tenni join new SHPA accredited pharmacists group : 03/10/2013 :

Debbie Rigby and Dr Peter Tenni are both members of a new, SHPA affiliated, accredited pharmacists' group that has been formed to enhance support and advocacy for pharmacists who provide clinical pharmacy services, such as medication reviews, to patients in the community setting.

SHPA President Sue Kirsa said “SHPA has been supporting our many members who are accredited pharmacists since the inception of this area of pharmacy practice. As one of only two organisations in Australia that is authorised to accredit pharmacists, it is a natural progression for SHPA to reinforce its commitment to this aspect of pharmacy practice and to our members who practise in this field, especially with the anticipated introduction of the post-discharge hospital referral pathway for home medicines reviews."

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PSA National President receives South Australian Guild Branch's highest honour : 03/10/2013 :

National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Grant Kardachi, has been awarded the Pharmacy Guild's South Australian Branch’s highest honour for his work in pharmacy.

Mr Karachi was presented with the Barry Schultz Medal for Excellence in Pharmacy by the Pharmacy Guild’s National President, Kos Sclavos at a ceremony in Adelaide on Tuesday night.

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