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Freedom fight: A challenge to the exercise of Ministerial Discretion

The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an application challenging the Minister for Health’s discretionary power to approve a premises to supply pharmaceutical benefits where the nearest approved pharmacy is only 60 metres away. On 26 November 2019, the Minister for Health exercised his discretionary power to approve a Blacktown pharmacy to supply pharmaceutical benefits …

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Rule 136 application is in! What happens next?

You’ve lodged your application under Rule 136 of the Pharmacy Location Rules.  What happens next? Approximately 1 week prior to the meeting date, the Australian Community Pharmacy Authority (“Authority”) will email the applicant, the medical centre and/or the applicant’s solicitor to request further information to demonstrate that the medical centre has continued to operate for at …

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Help or hindrance? The role of a support person.

Employees can have a support person present during any meetings with their employer relating to the employee’s performance, a workplace investigation or disciplinary action. The role of the support person is to provide the employee with support throughout the meeting and to take notes if necessary. However, the support person must not advocate on behalf of, …

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Changing your pharmacy name? You need regulatory approval.

Changing the name of your pharmacy can be an exciting time. It might mean a new brand, colours and signage. One task which is often overlooked in the change of name process is the need for regulatory approval. It is a legislative requirement of most Australian States for the State regulator to be notified of the change …

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