PSA-Campaign

The “Show Us Your Lungs!” campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of looking after your lungs and acting promptly if experiencing symptoms of lung disease.


Celebrity advocate, John Jarratt, has put his weight behind the campaign and stars in the Lung Foundation’s community service announcement as well as campaign YouTube videos. Dr Harry Cooper and Dr John D’Arcy also play a starring role on the Lung Foundation’s website, voicing their support for lung health awareness in Australia.


Community pharmacies can play an important role in supporting the lung health of their customers. Tools such as the Australian Lung Foundation’s Lung Health Checklist can be used in health promotion activities or as part of more formal screening/risk assessment services offered in the pharmacy.


The checklist, which takes less than a minute to complete, is a useful starting point for people to start thinking and talking to their health care team, including pharmacists and doctors, about their lung health.

 

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Appeal to the Cosmeceutical Entrepreneur for Self-Discipline to Follow the Legislation of Pharmacist

Appeal to the Cosmeceutical Entrepreneur for Self-Discipline to Follow the Legislation of Pharmacists Personally Practice in the Stores!

Author/Wen GuoXiong (Chairman of Community Pharmacy Committee)

According to the recent report that New Taipei City Government

Consumer Ombudsman came to inspect fourteen cosmeceutical stores in the area under control, and they found that only two stores with pharmacists presented which appeared the drug safety vulnerabilities for the public. The consumer ombudsman asked the entrepreneur to improve it immediately or will be punished.

Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health had convened a meeting about pharmacists personally practice in the cosmeceutical stores on September this year. And they certainly informed every chain cosmeceutical stores of pharmacists should personally practice in the cosmeceutical stores which was based on the legislation. TFDA will come to inspect seriously, and they reaffirmed that the attitude of the law without leave. Below are the viewpoints for this issue from Community Pharmacy Committee:

1. The cosmeceutical stores managed by Consortiums are belonging to the drug trafficking business, and it is definitely different from the community pharmacies which are managed by pharmacists personally. Government unit should clarify it to avoid the misunderstanding of people.

2. TPIP always insists on opposing pharmacists to rent their licenses, and TPIP has hastened government unit to inspect it severely. The pharmacists would be moved to Pharmacists Disciplinary Committee once the inspection seized by real, and the heaviest may be abolished the practice licenses or pharmacist credentials.

    3. In order to ensure the drug safety for the public, please the cosmeceutical entrepreneur to be self-disciplined certainly and follow the legislation of pharmacists personally practice in the stores.

 

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Summer in the Snowys-High Education in The High Country

Interpretation of Literature

NSAIDs and CV risk

Glitazones and CV risk
Calcium and CV risk

Lately the news has been full of warnings about NSAIDs, glitazones and calcium. But evidencebased
medicine requires judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about
individual patient care. This session will discuss emerging evidence of cardiovascular risks
associated with three groups of medications and applying evidence to patients.


Patient-centred Care and Interpreting Statistics: a Case‑based Session
A case-based session using a recent published article to explore clinical decision-making together
with an approach to incorp orating patient beliefs and preferences.

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Pharmacist Coalition Calls For Greater Recognition of Pharmacist Roles

14th October 2011 by PCHR

The Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform has welcomed the Labor Party Caucus Health Committee’s description of pharmacy professionals as the “vital link” in the Australian health system.

Speaking at the Pharmacy Australia Congress 2011 (PAC11), Chair of the Health Committee, Laura Smyth also acknowledged that there is ‘still a lack of appropriate recognition in the general community for the diversity and the central importance of the pharmacy profession’.

PCHR spokesperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Liesel Wett says that pharmacists have the skills and expertise to provide improved healthcare services to the community and it was a goal of the PCHR to positively contribute to healthcare reform.

“The Pharmacist Coalition wants to work with Government, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals through the health reform process to develop models that will make our health system stronger, more effective and more affordable for Australians.

Ms Wett said the Pharmacist Coalition had a vision for a future where Australian pharmacists:

    • Work in healthcare teams to provide integrated care for patients in GP practices, clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centres and community health centres.
    • Provide follow up support to patients leaving hospital to help them manage their  medicines, keep an eye out for possible adverse
      affects and prevent them from relapsing and being readmitted to hospitals
    • Are funded to consult with patients in their pharmacy, or during home visits, to review, monitor and educate them about their medicines
    • Are part of the team working in and through Medicare Locals, helping to make decisions about the healthcare services needed by their communities
    • Work in or closely with aged care facilities to support residents to take medicines safely and effectively, and to monitor and recommend changes to their medicines

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Pharmacists Active in Supporting Consumer Care

19 October 2011

The National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Mr Grant Kardachi, said today that “the professional role of the pharmacist is critical to any patient support program.
“PSA prefers an approach where a pharmacist is supported in providing professional advice to the consumer in the pharmacy on issues around adherence, correct use and the benefits and adverse effects of medication, he said.

Unfortunately PSA doesn’t have access to full details of the arrangement between the Pharmacy Guild and Pfizer but from what is publically known PSA is concerned that a drug company appears to be usurping the role of the pharmacist in providing professional support, advice and ongoing monitoring of the consumer. PSA does not and cannot support this kind of arrangement.

PSA reiterates its strong support for pharmacists providing a professional service to consumers. PSA is the peak professional organisation representing pharmacists across all sectors and in all locations across Australia. PSA is the custodian of pharmacists’ Professional Practice Standards and Competency Standards and has recently launched a new Code of Ethics for the profession.

“PSA reminds all pharmacists to be cogniscent of their obligations when dispensing medication. A Ministerial Determination is in place under the National Health Act that requires pharmacists to comply with PSA’s Code of Professional Conduct (now Code of Ethics), its Professional Practice Standards and Competency Standards when dispensing prescriptions. This is not a matter to be taken lightly,” said Mr Kardachi.

Pharmacists do and must act professionally in the best interests of consumers” said Mr Kardachi.

 

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PSA Helping Pharmacists Provide Best Mental Health Services

16 October 2011

The release of figures showing that 29 million prescriptions were dispensed last year for mental health-related conditions is a stark reminder of the key role that pharmacists can and should play in what is widely accepted to be one of the most significant health issues in Australia.

Pharmacists, who are often the first health professional seen by people suffering from a mental health condition, have long been on the front line in discussing issues with  sufferers  and helping them to seek further medical help and counselling.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said pharmacists also usually saw patients more often that other health professionals, and provided a ‘walk-in’ service.

“Last week was Mental Health Week which focussed attention on the issue but pharmacists deal with patients suffering from mental health conditions 356 days a year.  It is a constant part of the service they provide.

“At the moment,  with the myriad new facilities and strategies being put in place, there is the potential for confusion as to where sufferers should be directed for further assistance, and what services and support are available and where,” Mr Kardachi said.

“PSA is helping pharmacists ensure patients get the best possible care by providing members with a range of support programs and initiatives.

“These include a Practice Support program to assist with 5CPA programs such as the Primary Health Care and Working with Others initiatives as well a snapshot document helping pharmacists to make the most of the 5CPA programs.

“PSA provides a Mental Health First Aid Course for pharmacists which gives them extra skills to help recognise symptoms and help sufferers.”

Vice-President Claire O’Reilly said PSA is also developing a Framework for Pharmacists as Members of the Mental Health Team which will help to upskill pharmacists and underpin their greater involvement in helping people with mental health illness.

“Pharmacists help people with mental illness 365 days a year and PSA is committed to seeing that these  consumers get the best possible care and attention they can when talking to pharmacists, and that pharmacists have the resources and knowledge on hand to ensure that the patient is appropriately treated and referred to the appropriate health professionals as necessary.”

 

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Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee Progress Report

12 October 2011

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee (APPFSC) is a profession-wide collaborative forum of 11 organisations which commenced work in March following a review of the competency standards for pharmacists. The Committee has issued a communiqué updating progress on a number of projects being undertaken.

Among the work in progress is the mapping of the 2010 competency standards to the revised health, medicine and veterinary science (HMVS) threshold learning outcomes of the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards project.

In addition, APPFSC is articulating the contributions of pharmacy school courses and intern training programs (ITPs) to the subset of competency standards which apply at initial registration. After receiving stakeholder feedback of the need for clarity, a customised competency tool has been developed where all relevant Performance Criteria were mapped to articulate the contributions of pharmacy schools and ITPs.

 The other exciting task is the development of an advanced practice framework for the pharmacy profession.

 

“The Committee uses the term ‘advanced practice’ to describe practice at a performance level which is beyond a level that is usually observed

The APPFSC is aware that pharmacists often use the terms “advanced practice” and “specialisation” interchangeably and says to avoid confusion it prefers to describe professional practice in terms of two dimensions — scope of practice and performance level.

 

“Specialisation generally relates to the scope of practice which is narrowed or focussed and this is not necessarily associated with an enhanced level of performance,” the communiqué reads.

“The use of the term ‘advanced practice’ is also the preferred path given the use of the term ‘specialist’ is strictly controlled under the National Law (ie. the legislation affecting health practitioner registration).”

 

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PGA Newsletter Vol.1 No.23,19th October 2011

The Pharmacy Guild has rejected a report in the some Fairfax newspapers today which claims pharmacists are paid “kickbacks” to promote some prescription medicines. This is totally false.
There is no legitimate comparison between the Pfizer patient support programs, and the recently withdrawn endorsement of some Blackmores complementary medicines by Gold Cross.

The Pfizer patient support programs involve prescription medicines only – which cannot be dispensed without the written authority of a doctor. There is no endorsement of the product involved, and there is no ‘promotion’ of any prescription medicine to patients.

The purpose of the Pfizer patient support programs is to encourage quality use of important prescription medicines, and to ensure that patients take their medicines in accordance with the doctor’s prescription.

Research has indicated that only around 20 per cent of people take the full course of their medicine as prescribed by their doctor. This is particularly the case where medicines are treating conditions which may appear symptomless to the patient, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
In these circumstances, the Guild, governments, the pharmaceutical industry and all recognised health authorities support the encouragement of patients to take their medicines as prescribed. Compliance with prescribed medications keeps thousands of people out of hospital every year.

 

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PGA Newsletter Vol.1 No.22,12th October 2011

The Lung Foundation is calling on Australians to “Show Us Your Lungs!” and take lung health seriously as the gap in peoples’ perception of their lung health and the reality of their condition is of concern to medical experts and peak bodies in Australia.

Research commissioned by the Lung Foundation found that one in three Australians considers their lungs to be ‘very unimportant’ yet over 50 people in Australia die from a lung disease each day.
Further research conducted on behalf of the Lung Foundation identified that 84 per cent of Australians aged 35 and over rate their lung health as excellent, very good or good. Yet, of these, 36 per cent admit to experiencing at least one of the signs of poor lung health, such as breathlessness, or a persistent and productive cough.

These results are worrying for health professionals, as it shows many people have symptoms of lung disease, yet think their lungs are healthy.
This means they are not speaking to their health care professionals about their symptoms and are not getting appropriate care in a timely fashion.

 

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Appeal to the Cosmeceutical Entrepreneur for Self-Discipline to Follow the Legislation of Pharmacist

Appeal to the Cosmeceutical Entrepreneur for Self-Discipline to Follow the Legislation of Pharmacists Personally Practice in the Stores!

Author/Wen GuoXiong (Chairman of Community Pharmacy Committee)

According to the recent report that New Taipei City Government

Consumer Ombudsman came to inspect fourteen cosmeceutical stores in the area under control, and they found that only two stores with pharmacists presented which appeared the drug safety vulnerabilities for the public. The consumer ombudsman asked the entrepreneur to improve it immediately or will be punished.

Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health had convened a meeting about pharmacists personally practice in the cosmeceutical stores on September this year. And they certainly informed every chain cosmeceutical stores of pharmacists should personally practice in the cosmeceutical stores which was based on the legislation. TFDA will come to inspect seriously, and they reaffirmed that the attitude of the law without leave. Below are the viewpoints for this issue from Community Pharmacy Committee:

1. The cosmeceutical stores managed by Consortiums are belonging to the drug trafficking business, and it is definitely different from the community pharmacies which are managed by pharmacists personally. Government unit should clarify it to avoid the misunderstanding of people.

2. TPIP always insists on opposing pharmacists to rent their licenses, and TPIP has hastened government unit to inspect it severely. The pharmacists would be moved to Pharmacists Disciplinary Committee once the inspection seized by real, and the heaviest may be abolished the practice licenses or pharmacist credentials.

    3. In order to ensure the drug safety for the public, please the cosmeceutical entrepreneur to be self-disciplined certainly and follow the legislation of pharmacists personally practice in the stores.

 

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Appeal to the Cosmeceutical Entrepreneur for Self-Discipline to Follow the Legislation of Pharmacists Personally Practice in the Stores!