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About the Council Directed Health Assessments List HPCA is seeking applications from registered health professionals to become a health assessor on the Council Directed Health Assessment List (the List). The List includes suppliers that may be engaged to assess the...

Council Membership Vacancies

Expressions of interest are invited for membership of the Pharmacy Council of NSW for the following vacancies: 1 Pharmacist involved in tertiary education of pharmacists 1 Pharmacist with expertise in working at a hospital pharmacy 2 Community members 1 Lawyer The...

COVID-19 and vaccines: Get the best advice for you and your family

You need reliable, evidence-based information to be able to make good choices about your healthcare. But in a climate thick with commentary about COVID-19 and vaccines, how do you sort fact from fiction? A joint statement from Ahpra and the National Boards, the Health...

Publications required in pharmacies in NSW

The Health Practitioner Regulation (New South Wales) Regulation 2016 adopts, in Schedule 5 (for pharmacy premises) and Schedule 6 (for professional services room premises) of the regulation, the latest editions , and all published amendments or supplements to those...

Applying the poisons legislation – practical tips

This article covers the practicalities surrounding the supply of Schedule 3 medications . Where to find critical information There are a few different sources of information which pharmacists need to be aware of in order to ensure they are fulfilling their...

Complaints to Council - Compounding of eye drops

Over the last months, the Council has received an increasing number of complaints relating to the compounding of eye drops in community pharmacies. Two examples are highlighted here: Case 1 A patient submitted a complaint to Ahpra complaining of blurred vision, dilated...

Introducing Rick Samimi – new Council member

In February, the Council welcomed Rick Samimi as a pharmacist practitioner member of the Council. Rick is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has been a registered pharmacist since 1991. He has completed a Master of Commerce (UNSW) and a Graduate Diploma in...

Tough love – mandatory notifications

Health practitioners are traditionally reluctant to make mandatory notifications for various reasons. These include a fear of becoming a part of a drawn out legal process or a perception that they are ‘dobbing in’ their peers or fellow health practitioners. It can be a...

Case Study - Your duty to be candid and honest

This month we draw your attention to a case involving a nurse who admitted to forging prescriptions on pads stolen from two medical practitioners. The prescriptions were for opioids and benzodiazepines, and the fact that they were forgeries was detected by the...

Practical tips – Emergency supply

My patient has run out of their medication and doesn’t have a script but needs the medication today. I don’t want them to go without - what are my obligations and what can I do? The issue of the request for or the supply of a medication without a physical prescription...

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