Welcome to the first edition of “PBS Remote News”, a newsletter to provide information for remote area Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services participating in the special PBS supply arrangements under the provisions of Section 100 of the National Health Act 1953. Participating health services and pharmacists are invited to submit stories or articles that may be of interest to other readers for future newsletters. Any submission, or comment on this edition, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org This edition clarifies the three options for ordering PBS medicines from your supplying pharmacists.
So started the first edition of PBS Remote News in 2004. It was produced by the Pharmaceutical Access and Quality Branch of the Department of Health and Ageing, presumably to show their commitment to remote indigenous health.
There had been no other issues produced. You could see all the editions ever produced (all one of them) here.
But don’t try it. They are updating the website, and to give a positive comment, does seem to be more user friendly which is a strange thing for a government department.
However, I wonder if this newsletter will be resurrected. Particularly as there is an indigenous sub-committee of the PBAC looking at medications required in Indigenous Health. It may have been a nice way to ensure information is passed onto interested parties.
I sent off an email to the S100 area of DoHA yesterday to ask if it will be resurrected. I’ll post if I get a response.