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Advanced practice progress
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice
Framework Steering Committee received
20 submissions responding to its
consultation paper on a draft framework
on advanced pharmacy practice which
was released in March.
The Committee met in June to consider
the submissions received and to progress
the task of finalising this work.
In a statement
released last month
Dr Shane Jackson
said that during
phase, close to
1,000 hits to the
Advanced Pharmacy Practice website
were registered and approximately 400
downloads of the consultation paper
were recorded. He said that committee
members were satisfied with the level
of exposure to and responses from
‘Committee Members were grateful
to the individuals and organisations
who had taken the time to provide
very comprehensive submissions.
Comments provided through a total of
20 submissions were considered and
discussed by the Committee and further
work is being undertaken to develop
a final draft of an advanced pharmacy
‘ The Committee will be finalising
the document in the near future in
consultation with the boards of Steering
Committee organisations,’ he said.
‘ While the finalisation of an advanced
pharmacy practice framework is a
primary goal, Committee Members
have identified potential future work
on advanced practice. This includes
the establishment of a mechanism or
pathway for formal recognition of those
pharmacists considered to be practising
at an advanced level.
‘ The feasibility and priority of future tasks
will be considered by the Committee in
consultation with Steering Committee
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice
Framework Steering Committee is a
profession-wide collaborative forum
established to progress tasks and
initiatives associated with the national
competency standards for pharmacists.
Rural health TV launched
A special free-to-air national television
health channel has been launched which
aims to help improve health standards,
knowledge and literacy in rural and
The Rural Health Channel will broadcast
as both a free-to-air digital and satellite
service for four hours a day, and will beam
a range of health-based programs into
homes and businesses across Australia.
The channel is being operated by the
Rural Health Education Foundation with
a one-off $300,000 Federal Government
grant, plus continuing subsidies to make
contracted television programs.
The channel provides regular and reliable
health education and information to areas
sorely lacking in medical facilities.
The overall mortality rate is 12% higher
in country towns and surrounding areas
than in the metropolitan areas, and
one-fifth of GPs cater to one third of the
Australian population, including almost
two thirds of Indigenous peoples.
the launch of
for rural, regional
and remote Australia is an important
priority for the Federal Government.
‘Improving access to information on
healthy lifestyles and reducing risks
factors will make a significant difference
in local communities. The Rural Health
Education Foundation is making a real
contribution to closing the gap between
rural and urban Australia,’ she said.
“ The Rural Health Education Foundation’s
services will be reaching a far bigger
audience – up to 400,000 viewers in the
community and health professionals in
‘For the first time viewers in ‘black
spot’ areas will have access to regular,
free-to-air broadcasts of health
information and education.
‘ These broadcasts will change the
face of health information, education
and professional development in
‘ The Government has supported the
Foundation with more than $2.4 million
in the past three years to produce
accredited educational programs.
‘ We also provided over $350,000 in
funding to upgrade analogue set-top
boxes with digital-ready set-top boxes at
610 satellite reception sites.’
The Rural Health Channel is being
broadcast via satellite on the new
Viewer Access Satellite Television
VAST services provide digital TV to people
who cannot receive terrestrial digital
television and currently reach 75,000
households. Government estimates
expect this number to grow to 250,000 by
the end of next year.
Minister for Communications Stephen
Conroy said: ‘VAST is evidence of the
Government’s commitment to address
the inferior television services regional
and remote Australian audiences have
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