The week in review

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The Fair Work case was a hot topic this week, as was the perennial topic of flu vaccination

The Pharmacy Guild‘s George Tambassis wrote to members explaining the organisation’s submission to the Fair Work Commission rejecting union claims: it says there’s not been the  “significant net addition” to the pharmacist role to justify the union’s work value claim. The SHPA‘s Kristin Michaels said in response that it’s important pharmacists are “appropriately valued” as their roles change.

Sigma announced the formation of the Amcal Guardian National Council, to advise its senior management on future brand development initiatives. And GPs are again taking a swipe at pharmacy professional services.

In flu news, Queensland’s Guild members have been given a new opportunity: the branch now has Preferred Supplier status with the State Government for members to provide flu vaccinations to employees at several State Government Departments. The national Guild has also made a call for access to NIP vaccines.

Anti-vaccination campaigners are now targeting pregnant women, so health stakeholders including the PSA’s Shane Jackson have explained the importance of vaccination against flu in this and other vulnerable groups.

Meanwhile, FIP is celebrating World Immunization Week by pointing out just how much pharmacist vaccination is doing to boost immunity around the world: Switzerland and Portugal have posted messages, including one from Portugal’s Humberto Martins which explains that a third of Portuguese now have their jab in pharmacy. And with Australian politicians also lining up for a pharmacy flu shot, pharmacy’s profile in vaccination can only keep growing.

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