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Monash University and the University of
Melbourne have entered an $80 million
biomedical research collaboration.
A first for Australia, and one of a small
number of similar initiatives globally,
the enterprise taps into the outstanding
and complementary biomedical
research capabilities and successful
pharmaceutical outcomes of the
University of Melbourne and Monash
University with their associated Medical
Research Institutes and hospitals.
The new enterprise will be owned
jointly by the two universities but will
be independently governed by a highly
skilled Board. It will bring the advanced
commercialisation skills and funding
needed to address successfully the early
stage ‘valley of death’ that faces new
New APC councillor
The Director of Pharmacy at Monash
Health Sue Kirsa has been appointed to
the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC)
Governing. APC President Debra Rowett
said the corporate, governance and
clinical expertise that Ms Kirsa brought to
the APC would be highly valued. ‘Sue is
a passionate advocate for the pharmacy
profession with a determination to
ensure that consumers are served
well by pharmacists with high quality
evidence based training and continuing
professional development. Ms Kirsa
is a former President of the Society
of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia,
a member of the APC Accreditation
Committee and Chairs the Victorian
Medicines Advisory Committee.
Diabetes suppliers to
support pharmacy through
Changes to the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) are an
opportunity for community pharmacies to become more involved with
diabetes care according to Hilary Crilly, Managing Director at Becton
Dickinson (BD) Australia and New Zealand.
She urged pharmacists to access
the support provided by diabetes
organisations and suppliers during this
‘ While the NDSS changes being
implemented by the Government from
1 July 2016 are designed to help make it
easier for people living with diabetes to
access the products they need, we need
to help community pharmacy be ready
to successfully manage these changes,’
Ms Crilly said.
One of the key changes is that NDSS
products will no longer be supplied
to NDSS Registrants from Diabetes
Australia or its agents (this includes
via Diabetes Australia shops, the
NDSS 1300 number, or Diabetes
Australia Agent websites).
Two other NDSS changes are particularly
relevant to pharmacists. These are:
that insulin pump consumable (IPC)
customers will have to get their
products from community pharmacies,
and that customers with type 2 diabetes
who do not use insulin will be restricted
to an initial six‐month supply of
subsidised test strips.
Nurse Practitioner and Credentialed
Diabetes Educator at Northern Health
in Victoria Michelle Robins said
pharmacy is often the first point of call
for many people living with diabetes,
and pharmacists are in a position to be
able to provide quality advice to those
living with the condition. ‘Pharmacists
can do this by providing advice around
correct injection technique, appropriate
needle hygiene, and consistent and
easily communicable knowledge to help
patients better manage their diabetes.’
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