The week in review

Guild Queensland Branch president Trent Twomey: “How good is Queensland?”

This week sees a changing of the guard at one of the country’s key pharmacy stakeholders

The issue of pay came to the fore this week, as PPA released its latest report into remuneration and conditions in pharmacy: and concluded that less than a third of respondents say they would recommend it for a career, and nearly another third plan to leave. Chemist Warehouse was singled out as what the union called the “worst offender” on pay.

Another new report looked at issues affecting rural and remote pharmacy, including pharmacy workforce issues and medicines adherence.

The TGA fined one pharmacy for advertising a complementary medicine not listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods, after it had been asked to stop.

We looked at the latest on the COVID-19 vaccination, with the TGA reporting a total 730 adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) reports; and we learned that community pharmacies who expressed an interest in being part of the rollout were to receive a response on Friday.

COVID-19 emergency measures, including continued dispensing and home medicines delivery, were extended to the end of the year. The Pharmacy Guild announced it was teaming up with Guy Leech and Heart180 to promote defibrillators to community pharmacies.

George Tambassis, outgoing national president of the Guild, wrote about his seven years in the role and what he’s found most rewarding. And congratulations to Professor Trent Twomey, who has been elected to the position of National President of the Pharmacy Guild, and says he will be working hard to ensure community pharmacists are allowed to work to their full scope of practice in the interests of patients and the future of the primary healthcare sector.

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