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Self Care eFactCards
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia's
popular and informative Self Care Fact Cards
are now available electronically for use on
PCs, laptops or tablets.
These comprehensive and easy-to-use health
advice resources are a great way to enhance
customer loyalty and engagement. Key
benefits of the cards include:
• 100 common health topics covered
• Can be discussed with your customers
• Can be emailed to your customers
• Can be printed for your customers
National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi,
said PSA was keen for all pharmacists to see
the benefits of this initiative, and experience
how these resources can boost customer
service in the pharmacy.
'To let the profession see the great benefit of
using these cards, PSA is offering pharmacists
the opportunity to sign up for a free, one
month demonstration,' Mr Kardachi said.
'You don't need to be part of Self Care -- or
even a member of PSA -- to take up the trial,
although PSA membership is required to
purchase the full package.
'The trial consists of a sample of six
eFactCards covering Acne, Children's pain
and fever, Asthma Medicines, Diabetes Type
2, Headlice, and Headache.
'The eFactCards are designed to save space in
your pharmacy and provide choice in how to
access these to fit your pharmacy's workflow.
'The full range of eFactCards is available for
free to Self Care pharmacies as part of their
program, and PSA members can purchase
A new feature is that you can now email
information to customers -- taking
your pharmacy's service beyond the
To sign up simply go to www.psa.org.au/
selfcare and fill in the online form, or call our
team on 1300 369 772
Key role in antibiotic
Pharmacists have a critical role to play in
helping to fight antibiotic resistance, a
problem which poses massive threats to
the health of populations around the world,
PSA Chief Executive Officer Liesel Wett said
following the release of a report which she
described as alarming.
'The report, by the
Office of the Chief
that there is now a
genuine threat of
humanity returning to
an era where deaths
due to common
infections were rife,' Ms Wett said.
'It calls for the community as well as
all stakeholders to fight to prevent a
return to those days when even minor
infections could cause death. To ensure
we win this fight, we must utilise the
skills and knowledge of pharmacists who
are key in the frontline battle against
Ms Wett, who will be addressing the
international FIP conference on the role of
pharmacists in antibiotic resistance, said the
pharmacy profession was uniquely placed
to make a significant impact, especially in
'Reports show there are some19 million
prescriptions written in Australia every year,
making us one of the highest per capita
users of antibiotics in the developed world,'
'But often antibiotics are being taken
when they are not needed or are not
an appropriate treatment, and every
such use increases the likelihood of
'Pharmacists can help to educate
consumers and patients about the reality
that antibiotics are only effective for
treating bacteria and are not suitable
treatments for viruses such as colds and flu.
'We can also help in medicines compliance
which ensures patients who need
antibiotics take them as prescribed and take
them at the right times, in the right amount,
and for as long as they are instructed by
their doctor to do so.'
Ms Wett said the culture in Australia of many
patients expecting to be prescribed an
antibiotic for just about every ailment was
compounding the problem and adding to
the threat of antibiotic resistance.
'Pharmacists are the medicines experts and
are the most accessible health professionals,'
Ms Wett said.
'We are here to help and advise patients with
any questions about their medicines should
speak to their community pharmacist.
'We must all work together to ensure that
antibiotics continue to be effective and
provide life-saving cures for a wide range
Growth in donation and
Parliamentary Secretary for Health and
Ageing Shayne Neumann has announced
that Australia's strong year to date growth
in organ donation outcomes have resulted
in more lives being saved through
'Australia has achieved a 33 per cent increase
in organ donation outcomes in the first six
months of 2013 over the same period for
2012, with 216 deceased organ donors to the
end of June 2013,' Mr Neumann said.
'The June 2013 year-to-date outcome of
598 transplant recipients represents a 22 per
cent increase in transplant recipients over
the equivalent 2012 year-to-date outcome of
490 transplant recipients.
'This means 108 more people have benefited
from a transplant compared to the same time
Mr Neumann said considerable progress had
been made to drive clinical change practices
to remove potential barriers to organ and
tissue donation and better identify potential
organ and tissue donors.
'More than 550 clinical staff have received
intensive training in the most appropriate
ways to sensitively conduct conversations
with potential donor families and requesting
consent for donation.
'Australia remains on track to reach its
national target of 17.8 donors per million
population (414 donors) in 2013.
'While it's evident that the Australian
Government's national reform agenda is
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