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Eligible pharmacists given the green light to give the AZ jab

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just announced that all 3930 eligible community pharmacies across Australia will join the Covid-19 vaccination rollout, with some in Sydney hotspots to start as early as next week. The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, Trent Twomey, says the decision would see thousands of community pharmacies delivering vaccinations where they are most needed. “These pharmacies have...

Study: masks are effective in preventing community transmission

A new study shows how masks stopped Melbourne’s second wave, and their effectiveness in preventing community transmission of Covid-19. The Burnet Institute research shows that the mandating of masks during Melbourne’s Covid-19 second wave in July 2020 was the single-most important control measure and “turned the epidemic around”. The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, highlights the effectiveness and critical importance of...

Mental health support extends to the regions

Non-profit organisation Lifeline North Coast is welcoming the Commonwealth and NSW Government support package to provide a range of mental health services to those in need across the state. The support comes at a critical time as communities face the uncertainty of Covid-19 with new cases, extended lockdown rules and border restrictions weighing on people’s mental health. Lifeline says it is experiencing a 25% increase in the volume of calls Australia-wide since the surge in new Covid-19 cases began this mont. “We recognise that an increasing number of...

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Pharmacy group extends to Baldivis community

Blooms The Chemist welcomes the newly opened Baldivis and Baldivis Stockland stores into its growing pharmacy network. Located in Perth’s South, both stores form part...

New project bringing together clinical practice and tech

A new Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) project to collect patient data in one place aims to better equip healthcare workers when making...

Calls for a post-lockdown business support strategy during Covid-19

According to accounting body, CPA Australia the Federal Government can avoid a “hard landing” by developing a post-lockdown business support strategy – one that...

PPE for PHNs in Victoria

Health and Lifestyle

Qld pharmacies to offer Covid-19 vaccines

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Queensland Branch’s Acting President, Chris Owen, welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that all eligible community pharmacies in Queensland will be able to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations. “Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister is very welcomed and a relief for many community pharmacists who simply want to help Australians get vaccinated. Let’s get this done, Queensland...

Too much coffee a bitter brew for brain health

While a quick coffee first thing in the morning may pick us up, new research from the University of South Australia (UniSA) reveals that too much could be putting our brain health at risk. Said to be the largest study of its kind, the researchers found that high coffee consumption is associated with smaller total brain volumes and an increased...

The TGA approves Pfizer vaccine for teenagers

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the use of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in individuals 12 years and older. Previously, the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was provisionally approved for use in individuals 16 years or older. The TGA says that provisional approval for use in the 12-15 years age group has been made following careful evaluation of the available data...

Dry July: giving up is giving so much

In this month’s Awareness Spotlight feature, we speak with Katie Evans, CEO of the Dry July Foundation, to learn more about the organisation and how you can support the Dry July campaign through your community pharmacies.   Tell us about your role within the Dry July Foundation and how you came to work at the organisation. I’ve been with the Dry...

Beauty

Men’s path to better skin health

In the June issue of Retail Pharmacy Assistants e-magazine we put the mirror to men’s skin and the issues that affect it, along with...

The facts on acne

Founder of QED Skincare, Shoshana Eisner says that as a pharmacist, she is all too familiar with helping clients with solutions to acne problems. Ms...

No makeup Fridays!

I recently began incorporating one day of the working week, as a day that I don’t apply any makeup. While that may not seem like...

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Celebrating a truly inspirational pain medicine pioneer

Ahead of National Pain Week from 26 July to 1 August, Painaustralia is launching...

PSA21Virtual – ‘Your Tribe is Calling’

Next Friday, pharmacists will have the opportunity to experience the interactive PSA21Virtual. The Pharmaceutical Society...

Webinar: Predicting the future of community pharmacy

Blooms The Chemist is inviting pharmacists across the industry to join the global webinar,...