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BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY NEWS
New-look Self Care takes off
Australian pharmacists are taking on
a greater role in healthcare delivery,
including a greater focus on health
outcomes, and pharmacies are
transforming themselves into health
This is changing the way many
pharmacies do business and PSA is
meeting the need to provide increasing
support for pharmacies in this
PSA’s Self Care program, reinvigorated
following feedback from members,
is one such resource which has been
enthusiastically received with increasing
numbers of pharmacies becoming part of
the new-look health education program.
Self Care generated positive feedback
and interest from pharmacists attending
CPExpo in Sydney where it was
relaunched recently. Since then a steady
stream on new members have joined
The Self Care restructure followed
extensive consultation with pharmacists
and pharmacy staff using the system and
now includes major improvements to the
exciting offerings, as well as new features
PSA National President, Grant Kardachi,
said the evolution of Self Care was in
response to feedback from users of
‘ We went out and spoke to those
pharmacists using the program and we
have responded to these consultations
by improving the program because it is
important that all of our members have
access to these resources to take their
pharmacy business to the next level,’
Mr Kardachi said.
Some of the new features include PSA
members having the option to buy
the whole program or just individual
elements, and the provision of Self Care’s
popular Fact Cards as online eFactCards.
‘ What this means is that pharmacies can
now email information to customers,’
Mr Kardachi said.
‘As a Self Care member you can take 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 developed ACTION kits
which are topic-based resources to
enable in-store health promotions and
professional service implementation.
These are all in one toolkits with
promotional posters and other
materials that can be branded to the
Details of Self Care are available at www.
Urgent action to address the rising threat of
antibiotic resistance is needed, according to
a paper released by the Office of the Chief
Scientist (OCS) in July.
Meeting the threat of antibiotic resistance:
Building a new frontline defence
outlines the scale of the threat and the
consequences of dwindling commercial
investment in antibiotic research and
Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb says
antibiotic resistance is an important
scientific issue for the Australian public.
‘Antibiotic resistance has the potential to
become one of the world’s biggest public
health challenges, requiring a serious
response from our scientists, our industries
and the community at large’.
The paper says there is ‘a genuine threat
of humanity returning to an era where
mortality due to common infections is rife.
‘Nothing short of a global revival in
antibiotics R&D is required... it is critically
important that we build up a new arsenal of
effective treatments and diagnostic tools to
combat resistance in the longer term.’
The paper states the problem has been
further exacerbated by the collapse of the
antibiotic discovery pipeline with only one
antibiotic that works in a novel way, having
been discovered and developed for use in
humans, in the past 50 years.
The paper is available at www.chiefscientist.
An app for every Rx
eRx Script Exchange will launch its first
smart phone app in October.
eRx Express is a smart phone application
that allows customers to scan and pre-
order their medicines from their regular
pharmacy or other pharmacy of choice.
Paul Naismith, CEO, Fred IT Group said,
‘ This is an important innovation in
bridging the convenience of the mobile
world and the privacy and security of
the national eHealth network. With the
explosion in the use of mobile apps
over recent years, we are pleased to be
launching applications that provide
consumers with the mobility and
convenience that they want.
‘Our primary concern has been in
ensuring that we provide this flexibility
whilst also ensuring that this and any
future apps integrate with and uphold
the security and privacy standards of
other pharmacy and health applications,
including integrating with pharmacy
The app works by scanning the QR code
that will begin to appear on prescriptions,
replicating the eRx barcode information
on each script. Customers can then
collect their medicine at a convenient
date and time, safe in the knowledge that
all privacy and safety issues are being
addressed. Customers hand over their
paper script at the same time that they
collect, ensuring that all PBS requirements
Better business results
Better customer service
Better staff training
Better be part of Self Care!
P: 1300 369 772 » www.psa.org.au/selfcare
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