The week in review

As face masks and hand sanitisers sell out across the country, health authorities are calling for calm about Coronavirus this week, while pharmacists were honoured over the long weekend 

A seventh case of the novel Coronavirus has been confirmed, this time in Queensland, while the Government plans to bring home Australians stranded in Wuhan and quarantine them on Christmas Island. Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy wrote to pharmacists to urge them to take notice of symptoms and be aware of patients’ recent travel history, and the Pharmacy Guild‘s Suzanne Greenwood noted that pharmacists were ready and willing to help.

As the beginning of the Queensland pharmacist prescribing trial nears – though there’s no fixed start date yet – doctors are again ramping up their efforts to halt it, with AMA Queensland president Dr Dilip Dhupelia writing to all Queensland Members of Parliament urging them to help stop the trial before it begins.

We saw several pre-Budget submissions, including one from the Pharmaceutical Society which called for a multi-million dollar investment in medicines safety and pharmacist roles; and one from the Consumers’ Health Forum, calling for 60-day dispensing and reform of the PBS safety net.

PDL announced it was offering a new student grant program. We looked to the future, as we learned what NAPSA members want from the community pharmacy sector – including a shift to a consultation model.

And congratulations to Emeritus Professor Vivian Bruce Sunderland,Damien John Smith,Jocelyn Yvonne Watson and Maxwell Arthur Page, who were all named in this year’s Australia Day Honours!

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