The week in review


Pharmacy saw a stoush between the PSA and the SHPA, and CWH went head-to-head with the Guild over location rules

Early in the week, the PSA slammed statements in the SHPA’s King Review submission comparing community pharmacy to hospital pharmacy. The comments were “ill-informed and divisive”, said PSA national president Joe Demarte.

“These sorts of invidious comparisons run counter to the Code of Ethics for pharmacists, which apply to pharmacists working in any area of the profession. Moreover, there is no basis in evidence for making such claims,” Demarte said.

In another review-related debate, Chemist Warehouse released its submission which heavily attacked location rules, having commissioned geospatial analysis investigating the distribution of pharmacies. Meanwhile the Pharmacy Guild responded with its own commissioned analysis that came to an entirely different conclusion that location rules are a positive for pharmacy distribution.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Victorian branch president, Anthony Tassone, responded to anti-pharmacy comments by the RACGP’s Dr Evan Ackermann in a two-part rebuttal. And Emma McBride, pharmacist and Labor Member for Dobell, used her maiden speech in Parliament as an opportunity to address health inequalities and poor infrastructure.

We launched our latest poll “Should GPs be allowed to dispense?” and welcome readers to vote on this interesting topic. And an oncology pharmacist was named 2016 Telstra Western Australian Business Woman of the Year.

The Australian Pharmacy Council ended the National Credentialing of Advanced Practice Pharmacists citing program sustainability issues, but the PSA was quick to reassure Advanced Practice Pharmacists that they would continue to be recognised, offering them PSA fellowships.

Finally, this week was National Mental Health Week: the Pharmacists Support Service reminded pharmacists to take stock of their own mental health and wellbeing, while NAPSA argued that mental health first aid courses should be a registration requirement for pharmacists. In the ACT, the Wanniassa Capital Chemist was recognised for its mental health work. And the PHAA advocated for no plebiscite “in a bid to protect good mental health for all”.

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