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these resources to improve their
Mr Kardachi said features of the new
Self Care included that the full program
and its components would only be
available to PSA members and that
components of the program could now
be purchased individually.
'In addition, we have introduced the
Self Care eFactCards.
'Self Care's already popular Fact Cards
are now online and accessible in-store
from any desktop, laptop or tablet device.
The eFactCards are designed to save
space in your pharmacy and provide
choice in how to access these to fit your
'A new feature is that you can now email
information to customers -- taking your
pharmacy's service beyond the pharmacy
doors. You can also brand the eFactCards
with your own pharmacy details,
effectively making them 'your' eFactCards.
'We have also introduced a major new
resource into the Self Care family -- our
ACTION kits. These are topic-based
resources designed to support in-store
health promotions and implementation
of new professional services, enabling
access to new income streams.
'They are an all-in-one pharmacy toolkit
with promotional materials such as
posters (available in a variety of sizes)
and appointment cards branded to your
pharmacy.' Mr Kardachi said.
Details of Self Care are available at the
PSA website at psa.org.au/selfcare
Removal from list welcomed
The announcement that pharmacists
have been removed from the Skills
Occupation List has been welcomed by
the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
The Australian Department of
Immigration and Citizenship, announced
a revised Skills Occupations List for the
purposes of migrating to Australia under
the skilled migration program last month.
The revised is effective from 1 July.
Both hospital pharmacists and
community pharmacists have been
removed from the list.
The list facilitates Australian migration for
people covered by occupations included
in the list.
PSA National President Grant Kardachi
said that removing pharmacists from the
list would help to consolidate the current
pharmacy workforce in Australia.
'PSA has been advocating for better
opportunities for the pharmacy
workforce. In a submission for the
2013 list we stated that the pharmacy
workforce was already in oversupply in
metropolitan areas,' he said.
'These views are informed in particular
by the rapid increase in the number of
pharmacy schools and the resultant
increase in their output of graduates that
has occurred since 1997.'
Mr Kardachi said PSA would continue to
seek solutions to the mal-distribution
'It is apparent that the rural programs
funded through successive Community
Pharmacy Agreements are yet to succeed
in ensuring a sustainable supply of
pharmacists in rural Australia. Consumers
living in rural areas deserve better,'
NSW vaccination moves
Moves by the NSW Government to
ensure children are vaccinated have been
welcomed by the Society.
The NSW move will see unvaccinated
children face exclusion from the state's
childcare facilities under new laws to be
introduced by the NSW Government.
PSA President Grant Kardachi said the
decision by the Government to introduce
legislation to maximise the number of
children being vaccinated was good
'Despite some opinions to the contrary,
the overwhelming clinical and scientific
evidence is that vaccinations are both
safe and effective,' Mr Kardachi said.
'This move sends a clear message
to parents that their children must
be vaccinated to attend a childcare
facility or they'll need to get an
Mr Kardachi said the PSA had issued
guidelines for providing immunisation
services with a view to promoting best
practice and the delivery of high-quality
immunisation services in pharmacies and
ensure that no gaps exist in this public
The PSA's Practice guidelines for the
provision of immunisation services
within pharmacy provide guidance
to pharmacists on professional issues
and obligations related to hosting
immunisation services within the
'These guidelines are very relevant in
the context of the current situation,'
Mr Kardachi said.
'These new guidelines promote specific
policies and protocols designed to
ensure safe and effective channels of
communication between healthcare
providers. PSA supports immunisation
as both a public health program and as a
means of managing an individual's and in
particular a child's, health'.
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