The week in review

This week was Budget week, and we saw the Government announce funding for improvements in aged care and mental health

There was little specific to pharmacy in this year’s Federal Budget, but it did have a strong focus on health, particularly aged care and the National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan. Several measures designed to relieve the regulatory burden on small and medium sized businesses were also announced.

The Take Home Naloxone Program trial is to be extended, but addiction medicine pharmacist Angelo Pricolo queried why it has not been expanded to all jurisdictions. And readers can find out how the pharmacy stakeholders reacted to the Budget here.

HLB Mann Judd provided us with an update on the state of personal and business taxation. And the Government confirmed the end of the Community Pharmacy in Health Care Homes Trial Program.

In COVID-19 news, NSW opened the doors of its mass vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park, where according to SHPA Chief Executive Kristin Michaels, hospital pharmacists are taking a leading role; but Pharmacy Guild national president Trent Twomey told the AJP that, “They should not have been activated and no more should be activated until the community pharmacy network has been engaged”. There was also new data released on how Australians feel about mandatory vaccination.

Researchers from Griffith University looked at how pharmacy is performing when it comes to harm minimisation; while a study on drug checking examined how it is making an impact.

The Pharmacy Programs Administrator advised that it has signed a Service Agreement with Raven’s Recruitment to deliver and operate the Emergency Locum Service from 1 July 2021. Ahpra and the Boards want input on a revised code of conduct.

And congratulations to remote pharmacist Hannah Mann, who has been named a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year awards… and to the recipients of PDL‘s 2021 Student Grant.

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