The week in review


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This week, the pharmacy sector has been looking ahead…

The Pharmacy Guild advised that the Pain MedsChecks announced in January will have a delayed start, due to their need to meet Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines.

The upcoming 2018 flu season was a hot topic this week, particularly the issue of vaccination, as the RACGP condemned some non-GP vaccine providers for encouraging people not to wait until April to get their jab. But PSA‘s Shane Jackson says this rather misses the point, which is to raise immunisation rates to as close to 100% as possible.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced hospital health workers in vulnerable wards would be subject to mandatory flu vaccination, which prompted the Immunisation Coalition to call for compulsory immunisation to be extended beyond NSW and to all health workers. And more focus is needed on pharmacists in planning for flu pandemics, says QUT‘s Libby McCourt.

We took a look at a career study which showed that while most pharmacists and interns are pretty happy with their career prospects, there are pressures and stresses, including low pay… and hospital pharmacists aren’t immune from the pressures.

And the sick note issue continues, with further mainstream media reports as well as an announcement from PSA responding to concerns and pointing out guidelines for pharmacists.

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