The week in review

FIP welcome reception

It’s been a big week internationally for pharmacy, with the International Pharmaceutical Federation holding its world congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina… where several Australian achievements have been recognised

PSA won an international honour for its Health Destination Pharmacy program, being awarded best Pharmacy Practice Improvement Program at the conference.

And two Australians were recognised for their services to pharmacy at the FIP Congress opening ceremony: Professor Parisa Aslani and Professor Timothy Chen were each awarded a FIP fellowship.

On home ground

Closer to home, Australia’s first pharmacist to qualify as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Kirrily Chambers, has been jointly awarded National Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year 2016.

And we’re looking for outstanding contributors to the pharmacy sector ourselves: don’t forget to cast your vote in the AJP‘s 10 women of influence poll.

Smoking cessation

There’s been a lot happening in the world of smoking cessation, with the advent of spring seeing another tax hike on cigarettes – the final of four planned 12.5% tax increases since 2013.

The Lung Foundation is urging pharmacists to sign smokers up to go smoke-free for a month in October, while the Pharmacy Guild’s ACT branch has secured funding for a program to help pregnant women kick the habit.

Industry news

And there was big news at the corporate end this week: a consortium of Chemist Warehouse Group, aged care operator Aurrum and Spotlight Group plans to buy the Masters properties from Woolworths and turn the space into into large-format retail centres.

We also learned that community pharmacy may be getting a new banner group, with Ramsay Health Care poised to push from hospital into community pharmacy… even if readers were a little sceptical.

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