Pharmacists wanted by Save The Children to assist with Ebola Response

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Save the Children are looking for pharmacists amongst other health professionals to set up an treatment centre in Sierra Leone for both case management and support to those who are affected.

The clinical staff they are looking for to provide expertise and support include:

Medical Team Leader
Doctors with infectious disease experience
Nurses with infectious disease experience
Health Information Manager
Outreach Manager
Pharmacist

Training (which you will be paid for) will be provided before being deployed. These will be for a minimum of four weeks and upto six months at a time. There is a salary, medical insurance and accommodationprovided.

The people they are looking for to work in this emergency outbreak (this outbreak of Ebola has killed more people than all other outbreaks combined) are preferably those who have worked in a humanitarian situation or in international development.

Prior to deployment to the field, a period of paid training will be provided which includes relevant organisation inductions and security training, external training on Ebola risk management (hygiene protocols; use of PPE etc).

Please note: due to the nature of this recruitment, applications will be reviewed as they are received and suitable candidates contacted on an on-going basis, as we build a roster to support the treatment centre over the coming months.

Deployments will be for a minimum of 4 weeks (but may be up to 6 months) and successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary package including medical insurance, accommodation and other benefits

We are interested in hearing from you if you have experience of working in a humanitarian situation or have worked in an international development environment (please outline this in your cover letter).

Applications close October 6th (at midnight UK time) though it wouldn’t surprise me if the job was kept open to allow it to roster pharmacists over a lengthy period of time.

Please go to the job advertisment for more information and to find the job descriptions for any of the positions mentioned above. The pharmacist job description can also be viewed and downloaded below.

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Medications and the Bushfire Emergency in NSW

The medical observer today had an article on GPs involved in the response effort including helping patients out with lost scripts as people left their homes with minimal or no belongings.

There are two ways you can obtain medications besides seeing your doctor. Your pharmacist can provide three days emergency supply or can contact your doctor on your behalf to confirm the medication and ensure the scripts are sent to the pharmacy “as soon as practicable” as stated in the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulations 2008 (NSW).

There are also ways to have authority prescriptions ordered earlier and pick up an early supply of your medication if you have the script but no medication.

All these are encompassed in the relevant state and federal law but brought together in the the advice provided by the federal Department of Health for areas affected by bushfire.

The document also has information for pharmacists on claiming for prescriptions if phone lines are down or their prescription claim is destroyed by fire.

Download (PDF, 126KB)

Twitter and Microblogging for Public Health

What benefits can twitter and other microblogging sides bring to Public Health? This sideshow is a couple of years old now (hence the more detailed explanation of what Twitter etc is than I would expect today) but is still relevant.

Can you think of any other uses?

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