The week in review

Pictured: Local doctor Danny Byrne who prescribed the first e-script with pharmacist owner Chris Tsamandanis. Source: Supplied/TWC.

Personal protective equipment and pharmacy’s role in supporting Australians through the COVID-19 pandemic were key issues this week

The first e-script in South Australia was dispensed with Minfos by TerryWhite Chemmart Old Reynella, and amendments to the state’s emergency response legislation recognised the role of community pharmacists during COVID-19. The NSW Government announced a pilot scheme to deliver mental health training to pharmacists and staff. And there was speculation over the future of Chemist Warehouse… including a potential purchase by Wesfarmers.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare looked at Australia’s record with COVID-19, as globally, cases passed 15 million. The Fair Work Commission is revisiting its decision on paid pandemic leave… for aged care workers. And back in South Australia, a two-week testing pilot in community pharmacies was announced.

Personal protective equipment was a major issue, with a majority of health workers saying in one survey that they had significant concerns about access to it. The Pharmacy Guild‘s Anthony Tassone said it was vital that pharmacists and pharmacy assistants be front of mind when it is distributed.

And if you’re finding life during COVID-19 to have its challenges, like the rest of us, AJP and Pharmacists’ Support Service (PSS) held a webinar this week on navigating the stresses associated with the pandemic. Thanks to Hockeyroo goalkeeper, registered nurse and RU OK? Ambassador Rachael Lynch, Canberra pharmacist Elise Apolloni and Erin Cooper, a pharmacy intern in Canberra and immediate past president of NAPSA: the webinar can be accessed via our coverage here.

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