The week in review

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Following a whirlwind week in politics, we heard from all corners of pharmacy about ownership, GP pharmacists, real-time monitoring and more

This week began with confirmation that Greg Hunt had managed to hold onto his role as Minister for Health. Stakeholders welcomed Mr Hunt back into the role as well as new PM Scott Morrison, and discussed the potential future of health policy.

Anthony Tassone, president of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (Victoria), argued that the calls for changes to the regulations around the ownership of community pharmacies are being by financial self-interest.

TerryWhite Chemmart (TWCM) recognised outstanding pharmacists across health, customer service, innovation and leadership at an awards ceremony held on Tuesday night in Sydney. TerryWhite Chemmart Samford in Qld was named Pharmacy of the Year, while Judy Plunkett has won the Rhonda White Leadership Award.

Elise Apolloni shared what she learnt about pharmacy on her trip to Canada, aka ‘community pharmacy nirvana’.

The Small Pharmacies Group raised concerns that the GP pharmacist model presents a threat to community pharmacy, in a letter to the PSA.

On Thursday, Ramsay Health Care reported a net profit after tax of $579.3 million for the year ending 30 June 2018, up 6.8%, and says it aims to become the pharmacy “franchise network of choice”.

It also reported group revenue of $9.2 billion, up 5.4%, while Australian revenue was up 5.5% to $4.9 billion.

NSW Guild president David Heffernan reiterated his call on the NSW government to introduce a real-time prescription monitoring system, blaming the delays on ‘buck-passing’.

And the third annual symposium of the SHPA Residency Program was held this week in Brisbane.

“Gathering such fantastic representation of the expanding program was incredibly valuable as we map the needs of Australia’s current and future hospital pharmacy residents and the pharmacists surrounding and supporting them,” said SHPA CEO Kristin Michaels.

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