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Incentives for electronic
A new incentive payment to eligible
community pharmacies to boost the
uptake of electronic prescriptions will
have significant benefits for patients in
terms of their quality use of medicines.
The Guild has been in discussions with
the Department of Health and Ageing
for some time regarding an Electronic
Prescription Scanning Incentive (ePSI).
This incentive, now confirmed, will be
applicable for the 2013-14 financial year.
This initiative is a reallocation of existing
eHealth funds to better drive the uptake
of electronic prescriptions.
This new incentive is an important step
in supporting community pharmacy's
role in improving the use of medicines
and reducing the number of adverse
medication events by embedding
Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions
President of the
Pharmacy Guild, Kos
Sclavos, said:, 'This is
a significant and
cost effective step
the use of electronic
prescription technology, reaping tangible
benefits in terms of accuracy, efficiency,
and patient medication management.
'The take up of Electronic Transfer of
Prescriptions by Australian community
pharmacies has been exceptionally good
over the past two years. This measure will
add new impetus to the transition and
maximise the benefits for all patients.'
The measure will encourage more
pharmacies to adjust their workflow to
facilitate the scanning of barcodes on all
The ePSI will be funded through a
reallocation of existing ETP funding
within the 5th Community Pharmacy
Agreement (5CPA). This is a cost-neutral
change in terms of the Agreement.
For eligible community pharmacies, it
will mean a payment of around $2000
To qualify for the ePSI, pharmacies will
1. Be eligible for the Pharmacy Practice
Incentive (PPI) Community Services
Support priority area, and
2. Meet (or exceed) specified ETP Scan
Rates over two review periods. The first
target is an ETP Scan Rate of 15% of
all original prescriptions, and you
should be aiming to achieve this rate of
scanning, or higher, by November 2013.
If a pharmacy is already registered for the
PPI Community Services Support priority
area, their PPI registration does not need
to be changed to participate in this
Pharmacies which are not already
participating in Electronic Transfer of
Prescriptions will need to register with
one of the two existing Prescription
Slow rise in hospitalised
The overall rate of injuries resulting in
hospital stays rose over recent years,
according to a report released by the
Australian Institute of Health and
The report, Trends in hospitalised injury,
Australia 1999-00 to 2010-11, looks at
injury due to a diverse range of external
causes, from assault and exposure to
fire, smoke and heat, to falls, transport
accidents, poisoning and drowning.
In 2010-11, injury hospitalisations were
more common among males than
females for all age groups except for
people aged 65 and over, where the
reverse was true.
'The 25 to 44 age range accounted
for 29% of injury hospitalisations for
males and 18% for females in 2010-11,'
AIHW spokesperson Professor James
'Two of the main causes of injury in
2010-11 were falls, at 39% of cases, and
transport accidents, at 12%, followed by
intentional self-harm at almost 6% and
assault at 5%.
'More than 170,000 people were
hospitalised as a result of a fall in 2010-11,
with 53% of the cases occurring at the
age of 65 and over.'
Long-term e ects of
A new study has shown that
serious illness, struggling to hold
down a regular job and poor social
relationships are just some of the
adverse outcomes in adulthood
faced by those exposed to bullying
It has long been acknowledged that
bullying at a young age presents
a problem for schools, parents
and public policy makers alike.
Though children spend more time
with their peers than their parents,
there is relatively little work done
on understanding the impact of
these interactions on their life
The results of this research, published
in Psychological Science, highlight
the extent of which the risk of
health, wealth and social problems is
heightened by exposure to bullying;
and in doing so is the first study to look
into the effects beyond just health.
Broccoli to the rescue
Italian researchers have found that a
diet of broccoli can boost the bodies'
defence against DNA damage caused
The research, published in Journal of
the Science of Food and Agriculture,
found that broccoli can increase
antioxidant levels which help to
counteract the oxidative stress caused
Besides causing cancer and other
health issues, cigarette smoke contains
a large amount of reactive oxygen
species (ROS) and other substances
that may cause oxidative damage to
DNA. Past studies have shown that
broccoli and other brassica vegetables
may reduce cancer risks and reduce
levels of free radicals.
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