The week in review


Scott Morrison claims victory for the Coalition. Image: Scott Morrison via Twitter
Scott Morrison claims victory for the Coalition. Image: Scott Morrison via Twitter

As Australia welcomed back the re-elected Morrison Coalition Government, there was still plenty happening in the world of pharmacy…

In an Australian first, Tasmanian Health Minister Michael Ferguson announced that accredited community pharmacists would be able to vaccinate 10-year-olds against the flu, in a move welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild (but not the AMA).

We’ve seen renewed calls for real time monitoring, this time in WA following the death of a young Army veteran, Matthew Tonkin; while in Queensland, the State Government has committed to introducing such a system.

At this week’s PharmaDispatch conference, stakeholders debated the merits of direct supply… and the Guild’s Pam Price admitted that the organisation had been ‘blindsided’ by Health Minister Greg Hunt‘s announcement that the PSA would be co-signatory to the 7CPA, among other Government moves.

In the latest episode of the AJP Podcast, Carlene McMaugh took a look at what the re-election of the Coalition could mean for pharmacy… and whether the Guild has lost ground to make up with it.

We heard the latest research on downscheduling the oral contraceptive pill to Pharmacist-Only; more about psychotropics use in aged care from Dr Juanita Westbury; and learned that there have been more cases of measles diagnosed, this time in Victoria.

Guardian topped the Roy Morgan customer satisfaction ratings again; and prominent GP and pharmacy critic Dr Evan Ackermann criticised what he says is a political focus on pharmacy funding over patient safety.

Pharmacists spoke out in defence of the medically supervised injecting centre in Richmond, Victoria, following mainstream media reports that it was attracting bad behaviour. And the Guild defended pharmacies against criticism for charging patients for NIP flu vaccines in WA, pointing out that the charges are just to cover costs, not an inappropriate fee for a free vaccine.

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