Professional services, My Health Record and antibiotic resistance were all key themes in pharmacy this week…

It’s World Antibiotics Awareness Week, and Australian stakeholders celebrated 40 years of antimicrobial stewardship guidelines; and we heard that while Australians’ understanding of antimicrobial resistance is improving, there’s still a way to go.

After months of controversy around My Health Record, particularly a campaign led by Shadow Health Minister Catherine King, Greg Hunt bowed to pressure and extended the opt-out period until 31 January 2019.

We learned that HealthConsult has been approached by the Federal Government to conduct an evaluation of the 6CPA programs. Chronic Pain MedsChecks began… though of course not everybody is happy about that.

The NSW Government announced an inquiry into the drug ice, but a prominent GP with an interest in addiction medicine, Dr Hester Wilson, was sceptical that it could help and suggested more useful harm minimisation measures.

Guild interns are set to receive free vaccination training; meanwhile in WA, consumers have indicated that they’d like to see pharmacists administering more jabs. The battle for better wages continues, with PPA saying pharmacist jobs have increased in responsibility and complexity without pay reflecting this.

The rumours of a Chemist Warehouse float are back. We heard that NDSS copayments are changing.

Pharmacy researchers want to know how pharmacy practice has changed as a result of the codeine upschedule… let them know here.

And Adelaide GP Brian Holder has been found guilty of the attempted murder of pharmacist Kelly Akehurst in 2017, and sentenced to 15 years’ jail with a non-parole period of 10 years. Some AJP readers have expressed concern and support for Ms Akehurst, and at AJP, our thoughts are with her as well. If readers are distressed by this story, they can talk to the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.