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By Andrew Daniels
The drive to increase the utilisation of pharmacists’ skills in providing
immunisation services has gained pace with the approach of the winter
In a letter to PSA NSW Branch President
John Bronger last month, NSW Health
Minister Jillian Skinner said NSW Health
‘supports pharmacists being included in
immunisation service delivery models
She said that subject to confirmation that
competency and training issues had been
addressed, draft legal instrument under
the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods
Regulation 2008 could be developed.
‘Pending stakeholder feedback and when
endorsed, this would enable pharmacists
to initiate and administer influenza
vaccines,’ she said.
As well, the Northern Territory
Government introduced legislation
to provide safe and easy access to
medicines, including vaccines.
NT Health Minister Robyn Lambley
introduced changes to the Medicines,
Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act,
to allow pharmacists to immunise against
the flu, and extend prescriptions for a
certain period. The amendments will
allow pharmacists to immunise against
conditions such as the flu, and measles.
Pharmacists will also be able to issue
a limited number of prescribed drugs
under the PBS, when the customer has
prescription for some time.
Last month PSA’s
Self Care released
an ACTION kit to
its members which
other resources to
give them an edge
in the delivery of
The Immunisation ACTION kit will
help pharmacists implement in‐store
promotion and host an influenza
In February PSA and the Pharmacy
Guild announced a Queensland pilot of
pharmacist delivered flu vaccinations
that will cover the upcoming influenza
season. Overseas research show
extend the reach of vaccination services,
with cohorts of people who would not
normally receive vaccinations being
immunised because of the accessibility
and reach of such services.
NPS MedicineWise called on people
at risk of complications of the flu
(influenza) to get a flu vaccination.
NPS MedicineWise clinical adviser Dr
Andrew Boyden said: ‘Flu vaccines also
change each year, so to ensure you are
protected against the strains that are
most likely to cause infection this flu
season it’s important to get vaccinated
again in 2014.
Discount Drug Stores (DDS) also
announced that it was holding more than
100 flu vaccination clinics in the majority
of its stores.
Professional Services Manager at
DDS, Casey Clark said the clinics were
specifically designed for busy, working
Australians who are too time poor to get
to the GP for a vaccination against the flu.
The flu vaccination clinics will run from
March to May. All vaccinations will be
administered by a qualified immunisation
nurse and require patients to undergo a
five minute consultation, followed by a
15 minute observation period.
Flu vaccinations are also being offered at
Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse stores
across the country.
The Self Care Immunisation ACTION
kit is part of the ACTION kit series,
presented in a handy workbook format,
which provide practical guidance to
implement professional services and run
health promotions in your pharmacy.
• Practical, step‐by‐step workbook
and industry recognised tools to
implement professional services
and enable access to PPIs and other
• Assess to promotional resources
branded with pharmacy details
including posters, appointment cards,
health column and Fact Cards.
• Unbiased practical education
for all staff via the inPHARMation
• Staff training presentations using
PowerPoint with speaker notes to
• A community focused PowerPoint
presentation so that pharmacy staff
can speak confidently to groups in
• Template guide to record Group 3
NZ broadens pharmacist
services in New Zealand have
expanded beyond just flu
Since mid‐February pharmacists who
are trained vaccinators have been
allowed to administer vaccinations
for whooping cough (for 18‐year‐olds
and over) and meningococcal disease
(for 16‐year‐olds and over). They can
also administer varicella vaccine for
shingles to people over the age of 50.
The fee for service vaccinations are
being offered by pharmacies across
New Zealand, often without having
to make an appointment.
22GRO UP 3
Health promotion & professional services workbook
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