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Not quite Dr Zeuss
It isn't exactly the usual reading
material for infants such as Dr Zeuss.
They start reading Australian
Pharmacist young in the Acton family
(well looking at the pictures anyway).
PSA member, Lucille Acton from
North Lakes in Queensland sent in
this photograph of 12-week-old
She said, 'I just had to share this
photo of Hannah reading Australian
Pharmacist with me on maternity
leave. This article was of particular
interest to her as her dad is an
Obstetric and Gynaecology registrar.'
Lucille graduated with the first James
Cook University cohort in 2002 and
worked in Townsville until Sept 2006
when she, 'travelled overseas, got
married, moved to the Sunshine Coast
and started work full time at AusCare
Pharmacy, Glass House Mountains,
in January 2007.'
'I went on maternity leave with my first
daughter Stella (born in September
2011) and returned part time when
she was nine months old.'
Lucille is presently on maternity leave
after Hannah's birth in July and will
return part time in April 2014.
Prescribing pathway welcomed
By Andrew Daniels
The Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway
was approved by the standing Council on
Health at its meeting in Launceston, Tasmania
on 8 November.
The Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway
will provide a way for health professionals,
other than medical practitioners, to prescribe
medications. The pathway sets out the steps
required for a health professional to achieve
safe and competent prescribing of medicines
within their scope of practice.
Associate Professor Greg Kyle from the
University of Canberra, Discipline of
Pharmacy, one of the authors of the report
the Prescribing Pathway is based on believes
the pharmacy profession must move quickly
on pharmacist prescribing as it is lagging
behind other health professions such as nurse
Professor Lisa Nissen Head of the School
of Clinical studies at the Queensland
University of Technology said: 'This is not a
new discussion for the pharmacy profession
in Australia, with many pilot studies being
undertaken across the country which
have demonstrated not only good clinical
outcomes, but the safety of pharmacists
working in this type of role.
'Pharmacists have been able to prescribe in
the UK, USA, Canada and more recently NZ
(to name a few countries) for many years. I see
this as a way for pharmacists in Australia to be
better utilised for their expertise and for us to
further integrate with our colleagues in not
only the medical profession, but across the
health sector to provide enhance access to
medicines for patients,' she said.
PSA National President, Grant Kardachi, said
the Council's decision was a logical move in
view of the growing pressures on doctors.
Assoc Prof Kyle said: 'As one of the main
authors on the Report into Non-Medical
publications.asp) produced by the National
Health Workforce Planning and Research
Collaboration, I am happy to see the work
finally bearing fruit through implementation
at a governmental level.
'This is the time for action to provide an
alternative career path for new graduates
and current pharmacists. It is not the time
for position papers, reports, research and
'Pharmacists are the medicine experts.
I am currently training physiotherapists
to prescribe, albeit a very limited range of
drugs. The profession can rightly ask why
nurse practitioners, midwives, optometrists,
podiatrists and now physiotherapists have
gained prescribing rights ahead of the one
profession where medicines are its sole turf.
The time has come for this situation to end,'
'Prescribing has been a part of pharmacist
practice internationally for over a decade. It is
great to see Australia is finally recognising the
skill set that pharmacists can offer. This will
be a great opportunity for pharmacists'
future career options. However, it will only
be an opportunity if it is embraced by
'The ball is now firmly in the PSA's court as the
National Peak Professional Body to implement
the necessary steps now so pharmacists can
be ready to embrace the changes to practice
when they are enacted. It is pointless waiting
for implementation and enactment before
having pharmacists ready to prescribe,' he said.
Professor Nissen said that the Pharmacy
board had indicated that they are interested
in this agenda as in their Health Profession
Agreement with AHPRA they mentioned the
development of policies and guidelines for
pharmacists in the areas of prescribing as well
as immunisation and vaccination.
'This will require a whole of profession
approach to ensure that we appropriately
and effectively implement prescribing for
pharmacists, not only as a way to enhance
the role for the profession, but to ensure
integration with the health system, the health
care team and to optimise outcomes for our
patients,' she said.
Mr Kardachi said that pharmacists were
particular are the medications experts and
thus uniquely well placed to undertake this
role. However, autonomous prescribing
would only be undertaken by those
pharmacists who have obtained the required
competencies in their area of practice.
This career path would enable a certain sector
of the profession to prescribe medications in
He said that suggestions that this
decision in some way puts patients at risk
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