The week in review


Member Pharmacy of the Year 2018: Oberon Pharmacy NSW - Owners Allison O'Driscoll (L) & Jennifer Stoneman (M) with Darren Dye, CEO Pharmacy Alliance
Member Pharmacy of the Year 2018: Oberon Pharmacy NSW - Owners Allison O'Driscoll (L) & Jennifer Stoneman (M) with Darren Dye, CEO Pharmacy Alliance

It was a turbulent week in community pharmacy, with GPs still taking shots at pharmacists and a court case kicking off

This week saw the commencement of the Guild’s legal proceedings against Ramsay Health, pharmacy critic Evan Ackermann had a few things to say about pharmacy – twice – and another GP, Edwin Kruys, asked if we could do better. Meanwhile the Guild also came under fire from pain experts.

There was good news for patients in NSW, as the state government announced that pharmacists would be able to administer a whole suite of vaccines, and that the age would be lowered to 16 for people wanting to access them through pharmacy.

It was announced that Fred IT will be taking on the task of building and administering the national real time monitoring system.

Some of Tasmania’s finest pharmacists were honoured by the PSA. Pharmacy Alliance named its top pharmacies. The Guild welcomed a Victorian pre-election promise that pharmacists could offer OTC oral contraceptives.

And on a very sad note, we learned that Toyah Cordingley, a Cairns pharmacy assistant, was murdered earlier this week after taking her dog to the beach. Ms Cordingley was acknowledged by the Pharmacy Guild Queensland branch at this week’s Pharmacy Assistant conference, and AJP would also like to add its voice in recognition of the young pharmacy worker, who has been described by friends as “easygoing” and “really great to talk to”.

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