The week in review

Money, politics and violence against pharmacists all made the news this week

In politics this week, the Pharmacy Guild‘s Queensland branch surveyed voters ahead of the upcoming state election and found that they’re “crying out” for more pharmacy services, a message state president Trent Twomey passed on to politicians. And in Federal Parliament, Lisa Chesters, Labor MP for Bendigo, told us about a pharmacist and other women workers who found that “the cost of child care actually meant they were paying to work”.

Pharmacy owner at Chemist Discount Centre Moe Rania Hanoun told the sector about her experience with a violent customer who smashed up her pharmacy, sparking a renewed call from the Guild for action on safety for pharmacy workers after last week’s attack on Sydney pharmacist Ahmed Ouf. Mr Ouf’s alleged attacker, in the meantime, was located and charged by NSW Police.

And owner of the Elizabeth Street Pharmacy in Melbourne Anja Faustein told the AJP how the store is set to close as a result of the COVID-19 downturn and its devastating impact on her store.

Research from RMIT found that many people with chronic pain are “somewhat unaware” of how pharmacy can help; new data shows that Australians miss bricks-and-mortar shopping in the pandemic, but aren’t expecting shopping life to go back to normal afterwards; and

Chemist Warehouse announced that it had opened its first store in the European market, in Blanchardstown, Ireland. healthSAVE and Pharmacy Choice launched their 2021 Member Program.

Congratulations to everyone at Priceline Pharmacy Rockhampton Upper, and Priceline’s other winners, who were named in the banner’s virtual awards ceremony this week… and to Epic Pharmacy‘s Cathie Reid and Stuart Giles, who made the AFR Rich List for 2020.

And from Sunday, AJP Editor, Chris Brooker will be going head-to-head with Pharmacy Daily Editor Nick O’Donoghue in a Mo Foe ‘Movember’ challenge to raise funds for the Pharmacists Support Service. Find out how you can help their efforts here.

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