Insights Sectors: Pharmacy

May 3, 2024

INSIGHT: Privacy Awareness Week 2024 | Understanding transparency, accountability and security

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2024 is an annual campaign led by the Australian privacy regulator, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). PAW seeks to promote and raise awareness of the importance of protecting personal information. The focus of this year’s PAW campaign is on privacy and technology; specifically the principles of transparency, accountability, […]

Privacy and data breaches
Mar 1, 2024

INSIGHT: Pharmacy | Data breaches and privacy – how to safeguard your business’s future success

This article was first published in the March-April 2024 edition of Pharmacy Guild’s ITK magazine Pharmacy is a tightly regulated industry with privacy and data protection important factors that can make or break a pharmacy’s future success. In this article, we explore the important privacy considerations pharmacies need to consider to safeguard their business. This […]

Dec 4, 2023

INSIGHT: Dispensing with inappropriate behaviour – a guide for pharmacists

This article was first published by the Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) in their November 2023 PDL Practice Alert. In recent years since the #MeToo movement has gained widespread support, we have seen increasing media reporting and public interest in inappropriate workplace behaviours (Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Russell Brand to name a few). Similarly, there has […]

Aug 29, 2023

INSIGHT: Pharmacy Location Rules – understanding the process for PBS approval in large medical centres

Seeking to establish a new PBS approved pharmacy in a large medical centre is made less complex by partnering with an experienced pharmacy lawyer. The PBS approval process is multifaceted and requires a number of key requirements to be met to satisfy Pharmacy Location Rules. In this article, we explore the process of obtaining PBS […]

Oct 9, 2023

INSIGHT: Cyber Security Awareness Month – Are you cyber aware?

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM). CSAM is an annual reminder for Australians to stay safe online and protect your online information and assets. The theme for CSAM 2023 is ‘be cyber aware – don’t compromise’. CSAM is an opportunity for businesses to review their understanding of ‘cyber security’ as a concept while continuing […]

Aug 18, 2023

INSIGHT: Buying and selling a pharmacy | Why it makes good business sense to partner with a lawyer

Many complexities can arise during your pharmacy ownership journey. It makes good business sense to partner early with a trusted legal advisor to help guide and advise you through each critical stage of the buying and selling process. By partnering early with a lawyer with relevant pharmacy sector experience, you will avoid common pitfalls, manage […]

Jul 4, 2023

INSIGHT: Deal or No Deal: from handshakes, heads of agreement to contracts – what’s legally binding, and what’s not?

Many court cases going back to the 1800s have considered whether real life sets of events or circumstances amount to a legally binding agreement, or, whether there is no actual binding agreement between the parties. As a pharmacy owner, or soon-to-be pharmacy owner, you will come across legal agreements in many forms. In your agreements […]

Jun 7, 2023

INSIGHT: Convicted health professionals may face registration suspension

Case note: Health Care Complaints Commission v FLJ [2023] NSWCATOD 7 Key takeaways Health professionals convicted of serious criminal charges, such as domestic violence, may have their medical registration suspended. This applies if their offending conduct demonstrates traits that are inconsistent with the values of the medical profession and brings the medical profession into disrepute. Health […]

Apr 12, 2023

INSIGHT: Are the Australian Privacy Reforms on your radar?

The Australian privacy landscape is changing. In December 2022, amendments came into force to amend the Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) (the Privacy Act) to increase the maximum penalties related to serious and repeated breaches of the Australian Privacy Principles (the APPs) and the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme. As a result of these amendments, the maximum […]

Mar 21, 2023

INSIGHT: Pharmacy Sale and Purchase Update

The most common question we are asked by pharmacists looking to sell or buy a pharmacy is, ‘at what stage should we involve our lawyer?’ Our answer is very often, ‘seek legal advice before you sign documents related to the transaction’, such as heads of terms or sales notices. The wording contained in heads of […]

Oct 5, 2022

INSIGHT: New regulations are now in force for all health practitioners and organisations in NSW

If you operate a health service, or are a health practitioner working in NSW, you need to be aware of a regulation that came into effect on 1 September 2022 being the Public Health Regulation 2022. The regulation sets out prescriptive obligations for all health practitioners and health organisations, be they public or private. For […]

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