The safe use of medicines is again in the global spotlight as the World Health Organization (WHO)’s annual World Patient Safety Day focuses on ‘Medication without Harm’, with some of Australia’s leading hospital pharmacists marking this year’s theme via a special opinion series detailing strategy, advice and inspiration to minimise risks of avoidable patient harm from medications.
Hospital Pharmacists urge focus on workforce strategy, hospitals and digital health in welcoming ACT Budget
SHPA has welcomed the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Budget 2022-23, handed down by Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, which features $390 million of new healthcare investment across hospital care, primary care and systems capacity.
SHPA is marking National NAIDOC Week 2022 by highlighting newly published national research into care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander inpatients, as the organisation works to embed training on culturally safe care across all members’ annual education.
SHPA has welcomed and congratulated the University of Tasmania on its launch of the three-year Fast-Track Bachelor of Pharmacy with Honours degree.
Additional hospital beds in QLD Budget 2022/23 welcomed, but more than 150 Hospital Pharmacists needed to ensure safety
SHPA has welcomed a record $9.78 billion investment over six years into hospitals and healthcare workforce announced by Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick MP, and calls for investments into the Hospital Pharmacy workforce in Queensland Health to meet and service the additional capacity.
SHPA has welcomed funding measures for hospital and health workers in New South Wales Budget 2022-23, while warning patient safety is at risk if more isn’t done to lift the state’s pharmacist-to-patient ratio, which remains the lowest in the country.
SHPA has welcomed the National Cabinet’s announcement that the National Partnership on COVID-19 Response will be further extended by three months to 31 December 2022, and commitment to review how Australia’s hospitals and healthcare system is funded.
Hospital Pharmacists welcome Mark Butler, Emma McBride, Ged Kearney and Malarndirri McCarthy to expanded Health Ministry
SHPA congratulates Mark Butler MP on his appointment as Minister for Health and Aged Care, as part of a significantly expanded Labor health ministry following the recent Federal Election, while reiterating the importance of improving equitable access to medicines as a health care priority.
SHPA congratulates the Australian Labor Party and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on winning the 2022 Federal Election, while urging the incoming government to continue to engage with the expert Hospital Pharmacy sector in implementing key election commitments to health.