Revised opioids PBS listings
Commencing 1 Oct, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) listings for opioid medicines will change. Following feedback received regarding recent changes to opioid analgesic medications listed on the PBS, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended additional changes to ensure unimpeded access to opioid medication to palliative care patients.
Further, in collaboration with Services Australia, the Department of Health has restructured the current listings in order to reduce the additional administrative burden. For more information, please view the information and factsheets in the links below:
ANU Quick COVID Clinician Survey – Round 10
ANU conducts a series of survey on regular basis on COVID. Round 10 is open for your feedback on telehealth barriers and workarounds specific to vulnerable populations. Take the survey. To view all previous reports, please visit ANU website.
ACT Free Wellbeing Calls Service – uploaded 9 September 2020
A new service available to Canberra-based patients who would benefit from check-in or wellbeing calls from a friendly Red Cross volunteer. Calls are available in various languages and are an important way to help people maintain connection and wellbeing, especially during COVID-19. Patients can contact the services on (02) 6234 7630 between 8.00 am – 4.00 pm Monday – Friday. Read more.
TGA has published two Serious Shortage Substitution Notices as well as a web statement regarding ongoing shortages of medicines containing olmesartan or prazosin as the sole active ingredient.
Electronic Prescriptions – meeting the needs of patients in the ACT
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia ACT Branch is working with the RACGP and the Australian Digital Health Agency to ensure that community pharmacies in the ACT are established as a community of interest in this early testing phase of electronic prescriptions. Read more.
Free online courses on communicating COVID-19
The University of Melbourne have developed an online course with the Doherty Institute on COVID-19. It is delivered via a series of eight tutorials with the first one available online now. It is FREE and whilst primarily designed for clinicians in primary care and hospital-based settings, it also has a broader secondary audience of pharmacists, nursing and allied health staff, aged care workers, and disability care workers. Enrol here.
Winnunga Health Service
Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health and Community Services has collected the most important information about COVID-19 for their clients on their website.