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Climate research cuts a health at risk
Proposed cuts to the CSIRO will mean the
national capacity to understand health
issues related to climate science will be
under threat according to CEO of the Public
Health Association of Australia (PHAA),
Michael Moore. ‘It is simply incomprehensible
as to how the proposed cuts to Oceans
and Atmosphere, and the Land and Water
Divisions can help Australia when they are
such an integral part of the operation of
the country. It is fanciful to think overseas
research agencies will stand up to fill this
gap in Australia’s research capacity,’ said Mr
Moore. The PHAA has supported calls from
international climate scientists to reverse the
decision which would isolate Australian from
the global scientific community and send
many of our brightest scientists overseas in
search for jobs.
Dodgy health providers
Victoria’s health complaints watchdog
will be given greater powers to name and
shame dodgy health service providers
and practitioners, and protect the
public by banning them from practising.
Under proposed new laws, the existing
Health Services Commissioner will be
replaced by a new watchdog, the Health
Complaints Commissioner, creating a more
comprehensive health complaints system
that better protects the public and providers
of health services. The new Commissioner
will receive beefed-up powers to take action
against dangerous and unethical health
providers who are not registered under
national health practitioner regulation law. In
a major change, the Bill will allow anyone to
make a complaint, rather than just the person
who received the health service.
Top SA intern announced
Nicholas Ikonomos from Norwood National Pharmacies is the PSA South
Australia/Northern Territory Intern of the Year for 2015.
He was presented with his award at
the PSA Roadshow on 11 February
in Adelaide by Dinah Graham from
Presenting the award, Ms Graham said
that Nicholas had been heavily involved
in all aspects of pharmacy and had
shown great initiative in finding ways to
develop the profession moving forward.
She said he was always happy to help
within the team and would make and
His nomination said that Nicholas had
showed great leadership since joining
Norwood National Pharmacies in
‘He was in charge of the cardiovascular
screening and risk assessment. This
consisted of him approaching patients
to see if they wanted their blood
pressure taken. He would then take
them into the counselling room where
he would measure their blood pressure.
He would then discuss the result with
the customer and provide advice where
needed. This could either be lifestyle
advice, medication adherence or referral
to the doctor,’ nomination said.
Further, ‘when we had in-store
vaccination services, Nicholas
co-ordinated all the days. Each day
had over 150 patients. On the day he
ensured all customers were treated
in order, had the correct paper work,
and were seen as quickly as possible.
‘He is an excellent communicator. He is
able to talk to customers with ease in
both English and Greek and customers
appreciate Nicholas’ calm approach to any
situation. He understands the importance
of written communication and records
patient results in their history.
‘Nicholas is a great team player and
is always willing to help out where
needed,’ the nomination said.
The award, which is sponsored by
MIMS, celebrates the achievements of
exceptional interns in developing skills
for their professional career. At PSA16,
the PSA MIMS Intern of the Year Award
recipient will be announced, with
the winner being chosen from the
Dinah Graham with Nicholas Ikonomos.
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