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New National Board
ACT Branch President, Greg Kyle
has joined the PSA National Board.
He replaced Professor Gabrielle Cooper
who resigned from the Board in January.
Professor Cooper remains on the ACT
Associate Professor Kyle will serve
the remainder of Prof Cooper's term,
which ends in June.
He is the Course Convener for the
Master of Pharmacy by coursework
and has more than 20 years pharmacy
practice experience across military
pharmacy, hospital practice, consumer
and professional drug information,
community pharmacy ownership,
consultant pharmacy and academia.
He remains professionally active,
maintaining his accreditation with
Australian Association of Consultant
Pharmacy and performing medication
reviews. His research interests lie
in pharmacy professional services,
extending scope of practice,
quality use of medicines and
A case for pharmacist
Australia lags international practice in
pharmacist delivery of immunisations.
A study released late last year
highlights the current situation and
Australia's position compared with
The study, Case for pharmacist
administered vaccinations in Australia
set out to assess if there is a case for
(PAV) in Australia.
The study notes: 'Studies and
government data indicate suboptimal
uptake of some vaccines in Australia.
Over the past two decades, PAV services
have been introduced successfully in
some developed countries. Available
literature revealed PAVs provided
significant benefits in these countries,
such as increased vaccination uptake
and subsequent decreased disease
burden and associated cost benefits.
'PAVs are in line with Australian
government policy and priorities.
The pharmacy profession, guided
by peak professional bodies,
has demonstrated a willingness to
embrace PAVs based on appropriate
competencies and broadening health
delivery options to the public.'
The Case for pharmacist administered
vaccinations in Australia points out that
the suboptimal uptake of vaccinations is
a universal concern.
'In some developed countries, excluding
Australia, there is significant experience
of PAV services. Legislation allows PAVs
in Portugal, New Zealand, parts of
the UK and in all 50 states of the USA,'
the authors say.
'In most international examples,
PAV services were implemented as
a response to suboptimal uptake of
vaccines. Vaccines that pharmacists
can administer differ between nations.
In New Zealand, pharmacists can only
administer the influenza vaccine while
in the USA pharmacists can administer
most vaccines. Contemporary evidence
indicates that PAVs have been associated
with increased vaccine uptake,
decreased disease burden and positive
economic benefits.' (For more see cover
story page 28.)
1. Bushell MA, Yee KC, Ball PA. Case for pharmacist
administered vaccinations in Australia. J Pharm Pract Res
Death in Australia
Leading causes of death vary
substantially at different ages,
according to Deaths snapshot released
by the Australian Institute of Health
and Welfare (AIHW) which presents
recent data on deaths in Australia
including information on age at
death, trends over time, causes of
death and life expectancy. It shows
chronic diseases such as heart disease,
dementia, cancers and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease feature
much more prominently among
people aged 45 and over, and external
causes, such as transport accidents
and suicide, are the leading causes of
death among people aged 1--44.
APC releases practice paper
The Australian Pharmacy Council
(APC) has released a full 106-question
CAOP examination practice paper
on its website (pharmacycouncil.org.
au) in response to, and in support of,
CAOP candidates' requests for more
practice questions. Candidates can
download the paper and answer sheet
and use it as a resource to aid in their
preparation for their examination.
The content and layout of questions
in the practice paper is the same that
candidates will see when they sit the
real computer-based examination.
An online tutorial is also available
CQML makes an impact
An economic analysis of the Central
Queensland Medicare Local's (CQML)
first year of operation by CQ University
has found that the total (direct,
indirect and induced) economic
impact of CQML on Queensland is
expected to be $20.68 million as well
as directly and indirectly creating
118 jobs. The study commissioned
by CQML was designed to provide a
benchmark for future years as part of
its evaluation of the effectiveness and
impact of the programs it runs.
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