THE Pharmacist Coalition for Health Reform (PCHR) was formally launched at the recent Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) Victorian Summit. SHPA ceo Yvonne Allinson and spokesperson for the PCHR, said the organisation would run a series of online polls, aiming to encourage pharmacists to take part and share their opinion on a range of issues. “We urge people to visit the PCHR website, contribute their own stories, sign up to the campaign, encourage colleagues to do the same and importantly have their voice heard,” she said. The Coalition hopes to highlight the part that pharmacists can play in the evolving Australian health system, to better utilise their “extensive skills and qualifications”. Allinson said the PCHR wants to work with the government in health reform discussions and find new ways to collaborate and improve the use of medicines. Pictured above are some of the speakers at the SHPA Vic Summit, from left: Paul Gysslink, APESMA; John Jackson, PSA; Catherine Brown, NAPSA; and Yvonne Allinson from SHPA. To take part in the current PCHR online poll see the website at www.pharmacistsforhealth.com.au.
THE Pharmacy Guild of Australia has formally urged the Queensland government to establish a Pharmacy Council, with the move said to bring the state into line with all other Australian jurisdictions as well as “play an important role in bridging health gaps where pharmacies’ competencies could assist a health system under pressure”.