The week in review


We take a look back at the week in community pharmacy

This week, penalty rates were back on the agenda, as the Fair Work Commission announced the phase-in dates for cuts to Sunday rates: from 1 July 2017, Sunday rates are to drop from 200% to 195% if employers so choose. The My Chemist/Chemist Warehouse group announced that it wouldn’t cut Sunday rates—but only for existing employees and those who start work before July 1.

The Pharmacy Guild applauded pharmacist vaccination and its role in encouraging a high percentage of people to be vaccinated for the first time, and we took a look at the growing number of MPs choosing to have their flu jabs in pharmacy. Even doctors are starting to recognise the benefits of pharmacists’ role in vaccination.

This was also a week for investment in health, as the Turnbull Government announced it would boost mental health funding by $73 million, the NSW Government decided to pull sugary soft drinks from health facilities and promote healthy food choices, and in pharmacy sector news, the updated and revised Quality Care Pharmacy Program was announced.

Meanwhile, the MBS Review Taskforce’s after-hours working group released its draft consultation report, suggesting changes to the MBS after-hours rebates system for medical practitioners; here’s how pharmacy could help.

And it’s also been a week to recognise the hard work of those in the pharmacy sector: PSA opened nominations for its awards, the Guild announced a record number of entries in the Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award, and don’t forget about our Rising Stars poll, where you can vote for Australia’s most influential Early Career Pharmacists!

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