New Vic Health Min­is­ter

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JENNY Mikakos

(pic­tured) has been ap­pointed Vic­to­ria’s new state Health Min­is­ter, fol­low­ing the land­slide

La­bor Party win last weekend.

She re­places former Min­is­ter for Health Jill Hen­nessy who assumes her new role as At­tor­ney-Gen­eral.

The Vic­to­rian Branch of the Phar­macy Guild of Aus­tralia, con­grat­u­lated and wel­comed Mikakos into her new po­si­tion which also in­cludes the port­fo­lio of Min­is­ter for Am­bu­lance Ser­vices.

The Guild also ex­tended thanks to Hen­nessy for her sup­port of com­mu­nity phar­macy par­tic­u­larly the au­tho­ri­sa­tion of phar­ma­cist im­mu­ni­sa­tion, the in­vest­ment be­hind the $29.5 mil­lion ‘Save 000 for emer­gen­cies’ pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity phar­macy in pri­mary care and the launch of the SafeScript real-time pre­scrip­tion mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Vic­to­rian Guild Pres­i­dent An­thony Tas­sone said, “It has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure work­ing with Jill Hen­nessy and her team es­pe­cially in the last few months to launch the SafeScript real time pre­scrip­tion sys­tem...we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with Min­is­ter Mikakos”.

Tas­sone iden­ti­fied key Guild lo­cal is­sues as re­sourc­ing for treat­ment and sup­port for drug ad­dic­tion, vaccination scope ex­pan­sion for phar­ma­cists, elec­tronic Na­tional Res­i­den­tial Med­i­ca­tion Charts and up­hold­ing own­er­ship laws.

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Aus­tralia (PSA) also ex­tended its wel­come to Mikakos as well as sup­port­ing the re­turn of Min­is­ter for Men­tal Health Martin Fo­ley, urg­ing Min­is­ters to con­sider im­prov­ing ac­cess to health­care in Vic­to­ria by tak­ing ad­van­tage of the flex­i­ble and highly trained phar­ma­cist work­force.

PSA Vic­to­rian Pres­i­dent Ben­jamin Marchant said, “We con­grat­u­late Min­is­ter Mikakos on her ap­point­ment and look for­ward to work­ing with her to adopt in­no­va­tive mod­els of care that make bet­ter use of phar­ma­cists’ skills and ex­per­tise”.

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