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Treating and meeting the challenge of impetigo

Saturday, August 3, 2024
12:20 PM - 1:00 PM
C2.2 + C2.3


Impetigo, also known as school sores, is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection common in children. It is usually mild and self-limiting but can be uncomfortable and unsightly. Impetigo affects the superficial layers of the epidermis, however it is not usually a threatening skin condition. Bacteria often enters through broken or damaged skin and subsequently individuals living with AD or other skin disorders are at a higher risk of developing impetigo.

Pharmacists can play a vital role in the management of impetigo through diagnosis, referral and by providing expert guidance on the management approach which includes both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments. During this session we will discuss how pharmacists can support patients experiencing impetigo through effective impetigo management.

Learning objectives
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Recognise the clinical features associated with impetigo.
2. Evaluate the treatment options available for impetigo.
3. Discuss the role of pharmacists, in the assessment, referral, and management of impetigo.
Competency standards: 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.5, 3.6


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Dr Brett MacFarlane
Health Services Manager
Priceline Pharmacy

Treating and meeting the challenge of impetigo


Brett graduated from pharmacy at the University of Queensland in 1993 and managed community pharmacies in metropolitan and regional Queensland for a number of years before completing a PhD in skin science at the UQ Medical School. Brett is a Fellow and former Chief Pharmacist of the Australasian College of Pharmacy. Brett’s primary research area was the movement of molecules across the skin, but he later developed an interest in dry skin and other common skin conditions. Brett is an experienced researcher, peer reviewed author, medical writer, public speaker, and podcaster. In January 2024 he was appointed Health Services Manager for Priceline Pharmacy where he is creating innovative pharmacy services to improve the lives of patients and support Priceline Pharmacy business.