Charnwood Capital Chemist in the ACT took out the overall Quality Care Pharmacy Program Pharmacy of the Year award at APP 2014 (PD breaking news), with the winners named yesterday by federal health minister Peter Dutton. The overall winner of the award’s three categories, owner Samantha Kourtis (pictured below accepting the award) said any pharmacists who thought their pharmacy might have something to showcase should consider entering next year. Charnwood Capital Chemist was also named the winner of the Innovation in Professional Services category, with Priceline Pharmacy Springwood, NSW, taking out the Excellence in Business Management category, and Outback Pharmacies Broken Hill NSW coming up trumps in the Excellence in Community Engagement category. Bill Scott, one of the award judges, said the ten finalists provided pharmaceutical services in care, most in disadvantaged areas, providing “sensational” service with almost no focus on price. “Like many of the pharmacies this year, Samantha saw that there were needs in the community that weren’t being dealt with.” Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president George Tambassis said there was no better showcase of the individual and collective achievements of the industry than the rigorously judged and highly respected award. The winners will share a cash prize, receive a trophy and an in-pharmacy photo shoot.
THE Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is seeking a voice at the table when negotiations begin for the next Community Pharmacy Agreement (CPA) following confirmation by Health Minister Greg Hunt that the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) will also be involved (PD yesterday).
CONSIDERED one of Australia’s most urgent public health crises, opioid-related harm is the central theme in the latest issue of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA)’s flagship organ the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR).