The week in review


Pharmacy Guild NSW branch president David Heffernan presenting the award to Veronica Nou

COVID-19 vaccination made the headlines again this week, as well as some award-winning pharmacists

GPs are still urging against the use of pharmacists in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, with AMA national president Dr Omar Khorshid telling Sky News that they don’t know how to handle anaphylactic reactions. The Guild‘s Anthony Tassone explained in response that pharmacist immunisers are required to maintain currency of training in first aid and CPR, and have the appropriate procedures in place to manage this if it occurs.

But do pharmacists feel ready to take part in the program? Our poll results show readers have some concerns. Meanwhile, the first provider training modules were launched, with Health Minister Greg Hunt saying the program is still expected to begin late this month.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rose Webb warned consumers not to deal with discountepharmacy.com.au, a website registered to and managed by David Le, trading as Chemist Max.

Bankwest revealed that pharmacy spending surged 450% in the single hour after WA announced its lockdown on January 31… as a new lockdown was announced for Victoria.

An article from a team which includes Kay Dunkley from the Pharmacists’ Support Service highlighted that community pharmacy workers are one of the highest risk groups for long-term psychological impacts from crises such as the 2019-20 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. We also looked at barriers to emergency contraception access; and a team led by Dr Janet Sluggett showed us that RMMRs are underutilised.

And congratulations to refugee advocate Veronica Nou, who was honoured with a Distinguished Service Certificate from the Pharmacy Guild of Australia; and pharmacist and University of Queensland PhD candidate Louisa Handyside, who was named this year’s recipient of the Alan Grant-Taylor Memorial Scholarship.

What are your plans for pharmacy conferences this year… are you staying home or is it business as usual? Let us know in our new poll, here.

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