The week in review


Wheatbelt Health Centre Pharmacy

Two key pharmacy conferences are a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to make waves around the world

On Friday morning, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia announced that its Australian Pharmacy Professional conference on the Gold Coast would be postponed thanks to the coronavirus, and was now looking at providing sessions in an online format to delegates… and Sigma Healthcare also postponed its Amcal and Guardian conference.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a $17.6 billion economic stimulus package, which includes support for small and medium businesses as well as payouts to eligible households; this came on the back of the COVID-19 health package, which was welcomed by both the Guild and the PSA.

The TGA asked Australians not to stockpile medicines. And Guild Queensland branch president Trent Twomey called for a swift resolution to the 7CPA negotiations, saying Australians need certainty.

In other news, the Government has set tentative amounts for new cost recovery application fees for pharmacists seeking approval to supply pharmaceutical benefits, at $5,500. The Victorian government announced an expansion of pharmacist vaccination with the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. Senate Estimates questioning examined whether the recent penalty rates cuts had the intended benefits.

Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would write to the PM seeking a downschedule of the oral contraceptive pill in a move rejected by the AMA, while the Guild’s Trent Twomey also had some questions about how this could affect the PBS subsidy. The PSA’s Chris Freeman looked at the need for more pharmacists on the ground in aged care.

And congratulations to the Wheatbelt Health Centre Pharmacy (pictured) and the Capital Chemist Chisholm, who were named the finalists of the Excellence in Community Engagement and the Excellence in Business Management categories respectively of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Pharmacy of the Year competition… APP might not be going ahead as planned, but the Pharmacy of the Year finalists are all still champions, as are Sarah Hazell, Jennifer Culverson and Michael Flannery, who were honoured by the PSA.

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