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New scientific guidelines highlighting the safety and benefits of
vaccination were launched by the Federal Health Minister at Parliament
House in Canberra on 10 October.
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley
joined health industry leaders to launch
The Science of Immunisation: Questions
and Answers – an important resource
to inform Australians about the facts,
evidence and benefits of immunisation.
Published by the Australian Academy
of Science, the 20-page glossy booklet
was developed by leading academics
and researchers to provide parents with
easy to understand information about
The aim of the reference booklet is to
enable parents to read the vaccination
material at their own pace and consider
all the latest information available.
The underlying message from the
publication – which will be distributed
to healthcare providers around Australia
– is that ‘vaccines are safe and vaccines
During launch event attended by PSA,
Minister Ley said while Australia had
high immunisation rates, we ‘must
remain vigilant’ and Australia could
always do better on vaccination.
According to the Australian Childhood
Immunisation Register, Australia has:
93% of children fully immunised at
90.7% of children fully immunised at
24 months (2 years); and
92.9% of children fully immunised at
60 months (5 years).
These high rates were applauded by the
AMA however their National President
Dr Michael Gannon said: ‘There is no
room for complacency.’
‘Immunisation is one of the most
important public health measures
protecting Australians,’ said Dr Gannon,
who also said Australia should strive
to achieve vaccination coverage of
between 90 and 95% of the entire
population (not just children).
The booklet also discusses the
important of clinical trials for vaccines
and that safety monitoring is a key
precaution for any new vaccines.
As a major recent achievement, PSA has
helped pharmacists lift vaccination
rates across the country by providing
vaccination training in all States
and Territories. PSA has pioneered
pharmacist immunisation training and
has so far delivered the course to more
than 2,300 pharmacists since 2014.
On a national level, pharmacist-
delivered vaccinations are now
approved in SA, Queensland,
Victoria, ACT, NSW, WA and Tasmania.
The Northern Territory is still finalising
regulations to deliver pharmacist
immunisations, which are currently
occurring through a pilot program.
help save lives
BY BRAD WATTS
Australia’s health costs
Growth in Australia’s spending on
health remains slow, but health now
represents a greater proportion of the
economy than ever before according
to the Australian Institute of Health
and Welfare report, Health expenditure
Australia 2014–15. It shows that
$161.6 billion was spent on health
goods and services in 2014–15. While
this was $4.4 billion (2.8%) higher in
real terms than in the previous year,
it was the third consecutive year that
growth was below the 10-year average
of 4.6%. Despite this, health spending
reached 10% of Gross Domestic
Product for the first time.
Grant to help swallow
Toowoomba company Bayro No. 1
has secured $250,000 from the
Queensland Government’s Advance
Queensland Ignite Ideas fund to
develop a world-first feeding device
that could improve life for millions of
people who have difficulty swallowing.
Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch
said Bayro No. 1’s RoseCup was
a simple but ingenious device
developed in Queensland for people
who cannot swallow solid food, drink
safely and effectively or are at risk of
dehydration, pneumonia, malnutrition
Second Rush to Crush on eMIMS
The Society of Hospital Pharmacists
of Australia (SHPA) and MIMS have
partnered to ensure the 2nd Edition
of Don’t Rush to Crush is available as
additional optional content within
eMIMS Cloud. Both are included in
Pharmacy Board of Australia’s list of
essential references for pharmacy
practice. This electronic version
of Don’t Rush to Crush contains all
updated monographs since the print
version was released and updates will
continue as and when they are made
by the SHPA.
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