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Silver wound dressing
An international consensus on the
appropriate use of silver dressings in
wound care was launched in late May
at the European Wound Management
Association (EWMA) Conference
in Vienna. The guidelines brought
together 12 expert clinicians from
10 di erent countries to respond to
recent evidence reviews that have
questioned the widespread use
of silver in advanced wound care.
This consensus provides guidance
for the proper use of silver dressings,
based on outcomes from clinical
practice and the available evidence.
It will be produced in English, French,
German, Italian and Spanish and
will be available in print and online
as a free download from: www.
Pharmacists rate highly
The latest Morgan poll of attitudes
toward professions has found that
respondents rated pharmacists at 88%
for ethics and honesty, an increase
of 1% in the year since the previous
survey (nurses rated highest at 90%,
doctors -- down 4% -- were on 83%).
A large majority, 90% (unchanged in a
year) of Australians aged 14 and over
rate nurses as the most ethical and
honest profession --- the 18th year in
a row since nurses were included on
the survey in 1994. Other professions
that gained high ratings included
school teachers (76%, unchanged),
dentists (75%, down 1%), engineers
(70%, down 1%), High Court judges
(70%, down 5%), state Supreme Court
judges (69%, down 6%) and police
be threatened in various ways by social
'It is important that pharmacists are familiar
with the risks and know what steps to take
to avoid them.'
The Australian Health Practitioner
Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
the National Boards are currently
developing a social media policy to help
guide practitioners on the acceptable
engagement in social media, from a
registration perspective. This will be
published in coming months. Until this
is released the PBA has suggested that
pharmacists consult the PSA document
Guidance of using the internet or social media
(www.psa.org.au/archives/5991) which is
available in the 'Policies' section of the PSA
website at: www.psa.org.au.
Monash University researchers have
won a A$4.48 million grant to design
new treatments and therapies to ght
Awarded by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) in the US, the grant will
support researchers from the Monash
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS)
and Rempex Pharmaceuticals in California
to design and develop new antibiotics that
are e ective against bacterial 'superbugs'
that cause life-threatening infections and
are resistant to all current antibiotics.
Antibiotic resistance is an urgent global
medical challenge. Currently, a class of
antibiotics known as polymyxins are used
to treat multidrug-resistant bacteria.
However infections that are unresponsive
to this last-line therapy have recently been
reported in many countries.
The MIPS team comprises Associate
Professor Jian Li, Dr Tony Velkov, Professor
A number for life
All registered pharmacist will now have one
registration number for life.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA)
announced in its June 2012 newsletter
that pharmacists' current registration
numbers will stay with them for life
following a simpli cation to registers of
The implementation of the lifetime
registration number was part of recent
changes to streamline the registration
system. It also means that from now on,
keeping track of the unique registration
number is easier.
Previously, if pharmacists took a break
from registration, they were issued with
a new number when they re-registered.
Sometimes, they were also assigned di erent
registration numbers for each registration
within a profession (such as general and
provisional). These numbers have now
been consolidated into a single registration
number. The registration number currently
published on the public register is the one a
pharmacist will keep for life. If a pharmacist
is registered in di erent professions he/she
will have a di erent registration number for
The PBA has warned that interns should
be free to choose their own intern
In its June newsletter the PBA said, 'it has
come to the Board's attention that some
accredited providers of the pharmacy intern
training program may have attempted to
in uence interns in their decision of which
intern training program to undertake.
The Board advises that interns should be free
to make their own choice about their intern
training program, and as such should not be
inappropriately in uenced by their employer
or the intern training program provider'.
The Board also issued guidance for
pharmacists' use of electronic media in their
private and professional lives.
It said, 'engaging with social media such
as Facebook and Twitter without careful
thought can have potential negative legal
and ethical consequences for practitioners.
For example, issues of con dentiality,
privacy and therapeutic boundaries can
Professor Roger Nation, Dr Kade Roberts, Dr Tony Velkov
and Associate Professor Jian Li.
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