THIS week saw the launch of a new industry force, The Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform (PD Mon), comprised of members from the SHPA, the PSA, student group NAPSA and the APESMA union organisation. Together the group will push for a greater role for pharmacists within the Australian healthcare system, particularly in regards to medicines management. Members of the Coalition are pictured above (from left) Joseph Monteith, NAPSA; Warwick Plunkett, President, PSA; Steve Georganas MP, Member for Hindmarsh and Chair of The House of Representatives Health Committee – Sue Kirsa – SHPA – Geoff Marsh – APESMA. They’re pictured in front of their new banner which bears the tagline ‘Pharmacists – the best kept secret in healthcare”.
CHEMIST Warehouse chief operating officer Mario Tascone (pictured above centre) presented Gotcha4Life founders Gus Worland and Gareth Pike with this $450,000 gigantic novelty cheque at an event earlier this week.
NSW Pharmacy Guild President David Heffernan has accused the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners of an “extraordinary attack on community pharmacy,” claiming the doctors’ group appears to see advancing its members as attacking other professions.
THE Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee (PPDC) has announced the release of new tools to support the implementation of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia 2016.