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Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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Feature Contribution

Woolworths Pharmacy - Getting One Stage Closer

Neil Johnston

It started with “tablet” computers deployed on shelves inside the retailer Coles, specifically to provide information to consumers relating to pain management and the sale of strong analgesics.
This development was reported in i2P under the title Coles Pharmacy Expansion and the Arid PGA Landscape”
In that article we reported that qualified information was a missing link that had come out of Coles market research as the reason to why it had not succeeded in dominating the pain market.
Of course, Woolworths was working on the same problem at the same time and had come up with a better solution - real people with good information.

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Intensive Exposition without crossing over with a supermarket

Fiona Sartoretto Verna AIAPP

Editor's Note: The understanding of a pharmacy's presentation through the research that goes into the design of fixtures and fittings that highlight displays, is a never-ending component of pharmacy marketing.
Over the past decade, Australian pharmacy shop presentations have fallen behind in standards of excellence.
It does not take rocket science - you just have to open your eyes.
Recently, our two major supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles, have entered into the field of drug and condition information provision - right into the heartland of Australian Pharmacy.

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The sure way to drive business away

Gerald Quigley

I attended the Pregnancy, Baby and Children’s Expo in Brisbane recently.
What an eye and ear opening event that was!
Young Mums, mature Mums, partners of all ages, grandparents and friends……...many asking about health issues and seeking reassurances that they were doing the right thing.

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‘Marketing Based Medicine’ – how bad is it?

Baz Bardoe

It should be the scandal of the century.
It potentially affects the health of almost everyone.
Healthcare providers and consumers alike should be up in arms. But apart from coverage in a few credible news sources the problem of ‘Marketing Based Medicine,’ as psychiatrist Dr Peter Parry terms it, hasn’t as yet generated the kind of universal outrage one might expect.

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Community Pharmacy Research - Are You Involved?

Mark Coleman

Government funding is always scarce and restricted.
If you are ever going to be a recipient of government funds you will need to fortify any application with evidence.
From a government perspective, this minimises risk.
I must admit that while I see evidence of research projects being managed by the PGA, I rarely see community pharmacists individually and actively engaged in the type of research that would further their own aims and objectives (and survival).

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Organisational Amnesia and the Lack of a Curator Inhibits Cultural Progress

Neil Johnston

Most of us leave a tremendous impact on pharmacies we work for (as proprietors, managers, contractors or employees)—in ways we’re not even aware of.
But organisational memories are often all too short, and without a central way to record that impact and capture the knowledge and individual contributions, they become lost to time.
It is ironic that technology has provided us with phenomenal tools for communication and connection, but much of it has also sped up our work lives and made knowledge and memory at work much more ephemeral.

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Academics on the payroll: the advertising you don't see

Staff Writer

This article was first published in The Conversation and was written by Wendy Lipworth, University of Sydney and Ian Kerridge, University of Sydney
In the endless drive to get people’s attention, advertising is going ‘native’, creeping in to places formerly reserved for editorial content. In this Native Advertising series we find out what it looks like, if readers can tell the difference, and more importantly, whether they care.
i2P has republished the article as it supports our own independent and ongoing investigations on how drug companies are involved in marketing-based medicine rather than evidence-based medicine.

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I’ve been thinking about admitting wrong.

Mark Neuenschwander

Editor's Note: This is an early article by Mark Neuenschwander we have republished after the soul-searching surrounding a recent Australian dispensing error involving methotrexate.
Hmm. There’s more than one way you could take that, huh? Like Someday when I get around to it (I’m not sure) I may admit that I was wrong about something. Actually, I’ve been thinking about the concept of admitting wrong. So don’t get your hopes up. No juicy confessions this month except that I wish it were easier for me to admit when I have been wrong or made a mistake.
Brian Goldman, an ER physician from Toronto, is host of the award-winning White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio and slated to deliver the keynote at The unSUMMIT for Bedside Barcoding in Anaheim this May. His TED lecture, entitled, “Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about it?” had already been viewed by 386,072 others before I watched it last week.

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Dispensing errors – a ripple effect of damage

Kay Dunkley - BPharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, Grad Dip Health Admin, MPS, MSHPA

Most readers will be aware of recent publicity relating to dispensing errors and in particular to deaths caused by methotrexate being incorrectly packed in dose administration aids.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia (PBA), in its Communique of 13 June 2014, described a methotrexate packing error leading to the death of a patient and noted “extra vigilance is required to be exercised by pharmacists with these drugs”.
This same case was reported by A Current Affair (ACA) in its program on Friday 20 June
http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8863098/prescription-drug-warning

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Take a vacation from your vocation

Harvey Mackay

Have you ever had one of those days when all you could think was, “Gosh, do I need a vacation.”
Of course you have – because all work and no play aren’t good for anyone.
A vacation doesn’t have to be two weeks on a tropical island, or even a long weekend at the beach. 
A vacation just means taking a break from your everyday activities. 
A change of pace. 
It doesn’t matter where.
Everyone needs a vacation to rejuvenate mentally and physically. 
But did you also know that you can help boost our economy by taking some days off? 
Call it your personal stimulus package.

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Explainer: what is peer review?

Staff Writer

This article was first published in the Conversation. It caught our eye because "peer review" it is one of the standards for evidence-based medicines that has also been corrupted by global pharma.
The article is republished by i2P as part of its ongoing investigation into scientific fraud and was writtenby Andre Spicer, City University London and Thomas Roulet, University of Oxford
We’ve all heard the phrase “peer review” as giving credence to research and scholarly papers, but what does it actually mean?
How does it work?
Peer review is one of the gold standards of science. It’s a process where scientists (“peers”) evaluate the quality of other scientists' work. By doing this, they aim to ensure the work is rigorous, coherent, uses past research and adds to what we already knew.
Most scientific journals, conferences and grant applications have some sort of peer review system. In most cases it is “double blind” peer review. This means evaluators do not know the author(s), and the author(s) do not know the identity of the evaluators.
The intention behind this system is to ensure evaluation is not biased.
The more prestigious the journal, conference, or grant, the more demanding will be the review process, and the more likely the rejection. This prestige is why these papers tend to be more read and more cited.

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Dentists from the dark side?

Loretta Marron OAM BSc

While dining out with an elderly friend, I noticed that he kept his false tooth plate in his shirt pocket. He had recently had seven amalgam-filled teeth removed, because he believed that their toxins were making him sick; but his new plate was uncomfortable. He had been treated by an 'holistic dentist'. Claiming to offer a "safe and healthier alternative" to conventional dentistry, are they committed to our overall health and wellbeing or are they promoting unjustified fear, unnecessarily extracting teeth and wasting our money?

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Planning for Profit in 2015 – Your key to Business Success

Chris Foster

We are now entering a new financial year and it’s a great time to reflect on last year and highlight those things that went well and those that may have impacted negatively in the pursuit of your goals.
It's also a great to spend some time re-evaluating your personal and business short, medium and long term goals in the light of events over the last year.
The achievement of your goals will in many cases be dependent on setting and aspiring to specific financial targets. It's important that recognise that many of your personal goals will require you to generate sufficient business profits to fund those aspirations

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

Exoskeleton leader ReWalk Robotics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community.
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
ReWalk, the only exoskeleton with FDA clearance via clinical studies and extensive performance testing for personal use, is now available throughout the United States.

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Attracting and Retaining Great People

Barry Urquhart

Welcome to the new financial year in Australia.
For many in business the past year has been described as a challenging period.
Adjectives are a key feature of the English language.  In the business lexicon their use can be, and often is evocative and stimulate creative images.  But they can also contribute to inexact, emotional perceptions.
Throughout the financial pages of newspapers and business magazines adjectives abound.
References to “hot” money draw attention and comment.  The recent wave of funds from Chinese investors, keen to remove their wealth from the jurisdiction and control of government regulations is creating a potential property bubble in Australia.

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Updating Your Values - Extending Your Culture

Neil Johnston

Pharmacy culture is dormant.
Being comprised of values, unless each value is continually addressed, updated or deleted, entire organisations can stagnate (or entire professions such as the pharmacy profession).
Good values offer a strong sense of security, knowing that if you operate within the boundaries of your values, you will succeed in your endeavours.

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Evidence-based medicine is broken. Why we need data and technology to fix it

Staff Writer

The following article is reprinted from The Conversation and forms up part of our library collection on evidence-based medicines.
At i2P we also believe that the current model of evidence is so fractured it will never be able to be repaired.
All that can happen is that health professionals should independently test and verify through their own investigations what evidence exists to prescribe a medicine of any potency.
Health professionals that have patients (such as pharmacists) are ideally placed to observe and record the efficacy for medicines.
All else should confine their criticisms to their evidence of the actual evidence published.
If there are holes in it then share that evidence with the rest of the world.
Otherwise, do not be in such a hurry to criticise professions that have good experience and judgement to make a good choice on behalf of their patients, simply because good evidence has not caught up with reality.

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Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One

Staff Writer

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, July 25, 2014
Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One
by W. Todd Penberthy, PhD

(OMNS July 25, 2014) Niacin has been used for over 60 years in tens of thousands of patients with tremendously favorable therapeutic benefit (Carlson 2005).
In the first-person NY Times best seller, "8 Weeks to a Cure for Cholesterol," the author describes his journey from being a walking heart attack time bomb to a becoming a healthy individual.
He hails high-dose niacin as the one treatment that did more to correct his poor lipid profile than any other (Kowalski 2001).

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Culture Drive & Pharmacy Renewal

Neil Johnston

Deep within all of us we have a core set of values and beliefs that create the standards of behaviour that we align with when we set a particular direction in life.
Directions may change many times over a lifetime, but with life experiences and maturity values may increase in number or gain greater depth.
All of this is embraced under one word – “culture”.
When a business is born it will only develop if it has a sound culture, and the values that comprise that culture are initially inherent in the business founder.
A sound business culture equates to a successful business and that success is often expressed in the term “goodwill” which can be eventually translated to a dollar value.

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

Exoskeleton leader ReWalk Robotics announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the company’s ReWalk Personal System for use at home and in the community.
ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) to stand upright and walk.
ReWalk, the only exoskeleton with FDA clearance via clinical studies and extensive performance testing for personal use, is now available throughout the United States.

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Pharmacy 2014 - Pharmacy Management Conference

Neil Johnston

The brave new world of health and wellness is not the enemy of Pharmacy, it is its champion.
Australian futurist, Morris Miselowski, one of the world's leading business visionaries, will present the Opening Keynote address on Pharmacy's Future in the new Health and Wellness Landscape at 2.00pm on Wednesday July 30.
Morris believes the key to better health care could already be in your pocket, with doctors soon set to prescribe iPhone apps, instead of pills.
Technology will revolutionise the health industry - a paradigm shift from healthcare to personal wellness.
Health and wellness applications on smartphones are already big news, and are dramatically changing the way we manage our personal health and everyday wellness.

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Generation and Application of Community Pharmacy Research

Neil Johnston

Editor’s Note: We have had a number of articles in this issue relating to pharmacy research.
The PGA has conducted a number of research initiatives over the years, including one recently reported in Pharmacy News that resulted from an analysis of the QCPP Patient Questionnaire.
Pharmacy Guild president, George Tambassis, appears to have authored the article following, and there also appears to be a disconnect between the survey report and its target audience illustrated by one of the respondent comments published.
I have asked Mark Coleman to follow through, elaborate and comment:

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PSA Media Releases for May 2013

Peter Waterman

articles by this author...

Keeping you up to date with PSA activities.

Information made available from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia by Peter Waterman. 
Peter Waterman is the Public Affairs Manager for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. 
He may be contacted by telephone (02) 62834782 or on mobile 0487 922 176.

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31 May 2013
HUMOUR TO TELL OF CROHN’S PAIN

There is nothing funny about suffering from Crohn’s disease but when comedian Luke Escombe combines humour with first-hand anecdotes and experiences, he presents a riveting and compelling narrative of what life is like as a Crohn’s disease sufferer.

And this year you can hear Luke’s story at PAC 13 on Saturday 12 October 2013 where he will speak during a session dealing with gastro-intestinal issues.

Luke is a musician, comedian and chronic illness ambassador who spent most of 2009 at home on the couch recovering from serious illness.

He returned to the music scene with a fresh attitude and two innovative live EPs in 2010: Chronic Illness and Live in the Studio.

His comedy began to attract attention for its candid discussion of Crohn's disease and he will build on this during his PAC13 presentation.

Luke’s story of living with Crohn’s disease is riveting and he explains what people living with inflammatory bowel disease need from pharmacy to help manage their condition.

Pharmacists will leave the session with more of an understanding of what it is like for people living with inflammatory bowel disease and how they can help consumers when they present to pharmacy.

Luke Escombe is one of a wide range of expert speakers at PAC13 which this year has moved to Brisbane.

The theme for PAC13 is ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes. These are the keys to the profession growing in the future and remaining viable and sustainable while continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

In addition to a great CPD program and leading speaker list, PAC13 will coincide with the 4th Global Drug Safety Conference and Exposition being held at BCEC from 14-16 October 2013 and which will look at Revitalising Drug Safety – The Decade of the Patient.

PAC13 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 10-13 October 2013. To    register, go to psa.org.au/pac

31 May 2013
CPExpo 2013 opens with a sell-out

The pharmacy profession’s most complete package of education, business updates and networking opportunities kicks off today in Sydney and already the day’s workshops are a sell-out. 

The three-day Clinical and Practice Expo (CPExpo), being held at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, presents a dynamic concept with an innovative and unique mix of pharmacist, patient and industry.

The PSA’s NSW President, John Bronger OAM, said CPExpo presented pharmacists,  the industry and health stakeholders with an impressive line-up of expert presenters, coupled with a unique interactive learning space to maxims the experience for delegates and attendees.

“I am delighted that today’s workshops are a sell-out and this reflects that PSA is well attuned to what pharmacists need from events such as CPExpo,” Mr Bronger said.

“Today’s workshops give CPExpo the practical patient focus that sets us apart as a professional practice event. 

“In addition, CPExpo offers a variety of Patient Support Partners who are the key to providing pharmacists with the resources they need to look at their practice and provide the services their patients need to improve outcomes for their businesses and patients.”

Mr Bronger said PSA was focussed on building the skill-set for pharmacists individually and collectively and CPExpo was an important part of this aim.

“We know that pharmacists are facing a challenging time heading into the future and PSA is committed to providing them with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources to navigate these challenges,” he said.

I am confident there are opportunities for pharmacists to not only survive these challenges, but to thrive, and this is what CPExpo is all about. 

We want to make sure what we do as pharmacists benefits the public; that we continue to develop professional services as an expanding income stream and that through new skills and services pharmacists (especially young pharmacists) have greater employment opportunities.

Mr Bronger said pharmacists could still register for Saturday and Sunday sessions and also to attend the extensive exhibition that is part of CPExpo.

“The networking opportunities must also be experienced to be believed and tonight we have the welcome cocktail party, sponsored by API, where delegates and exhibitors can meet and catch up while discussing today’s events and planning for the rest of the weekend,” he said.

 “CPExpo is more than an event – it’s an experience.”

 

31 May 2013
PSA WELCOMES MOVES TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE VACCINATED    

Moves by the NSW Government to ensure children are vaccinated have been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

The NSW move will see unvaccinated children face exclusion from the state’s childcare facilities under new laws to be introduced by the NSW Government.

President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the decision by the Government to introduce legislation to maximse the number of children being vaccinated was good health policy.

“Despite some opinions to the contrary, the overwhelming clinical and scientific evidence is that vaccinations are both safe and effective,” Mr Kardachi said.

“This move sends a clear message to parents that their children must be vaccinated to attend a childcare facility or they’ll need to get an approved exemption.”

Mr Kardachi said the PSA had issued guidelines for providing immunisation services with a view to promoting best practice and the delivery of high-quality immunisation services in pharmacies and ensure that no gaps exist in this public health program.

The PSA’s Practice guidelines for the provision of immunisation services within pharmacy provided guidance to pharmacists on professional issues and obligations related to hosting immunisation services within the pharmacy setting.

“These guidelines are very relevant in the context of the current situation,” Mr Kardachi said.

“These new guidelines promote specific policies and protocols designed to ensure safe and effective channels of communication between healthcare providers. PSA supports immunisation as both a public health program and as a means of managing an individual’s, and in particular a child’s, health.”

Mr Kardachi said pharmacists could also provide advice and counselling for parents, teachers and carers who had questions relating to the immunisation of children.

“The issue raised by the NSW Government has caused considerable debate nationally and of course with that debate will come questions,” Mr Kardachi said,.
“I urge anyone with any questions to speak to their doctor or pharmacist to clear up any issues and ensure children are protected.”

The guidelines are available at www.psa.org.au/xxxx

 

30 May 2013

COMMUNIQUE FROM THE ADVANCED PHARMACY PRACTICE FRAMEWORK STEERING COMMITTEE

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee is a profession-wide collaborative forum established to progress tasks and initiatives associated with the national competency standards for pharmacists.

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee has continued to work on several tasks and provides the following update.

a. Advanced pharmacy practice survey. Committee Members would like to express their sincere appreciation to all pharmacists who took the time to participate in the survey on advanced pharmacy practice and shared their views and experience. The Committee was also pleased with the number of individuals who indicated their willingness to be involved in further work around developing formal recognition of advanced level practice. The outcomes of the survey will be published when full analysis has been completed. The results from the survey are being used to guide a way forward for the recognition of advanced level practitioners.

b. Web site. Consideration is being given to the establishment of a dedicated web site which could be used as a repository for documents related to advanced pharmacy practice and provide communication around relevant activities in Australia.

c. Review of customised tool of entry-level competencies. The Committee has agreed to commence a scheduled review of the customised tool of entry-level competency standards. The tool was released to the pharmacy profession in December 2011 and incorporated guidance on the contributions of pharmacy schools and intern training providers to the learning and professional development of students and candidates for initial registration. It was recognised that the tool would evolve with the application by, and experience of, various groups and individuals and a review had been foreshadowed for 2013.

d. Recognition model. The Committee has established a working group to explore details around a future recognition model. The group recently met to commence this work and will be reporting back to the Committee on its initial discussions.
The Steering Committee is scheduled to next meet in late June.

24 May 2013
CPExpo 2013 - home of Patient Support Partners

CPExpo 2013’s Patient Support Partners are a unique feature of the event and help to make it a pharmacy experience not to be missed.

CPExpo 2013 presents unique opportunities to engage and connect with patient support organisations, to hear their experiences, utilise their resources for better patient outcomes and form strong interprofessional networks to support your practice.

Patient Support Partners will take centre stage in 2013 at the Patient Support Theatre, a casual open-air space where leading not-for-profit groups will share their knowledge, resources and experiences with delegates.

As part of Kidney Health week, join Kidney Health Australia in the fight for renal awareness, and finish the day with Lung Foundation Australia taking to the stage with an update on important progress in Asthma and COPD research- and that is just on Friday!

The experiences keep on coming throughout Saturday and Sunday at CPExpo 2013.

Saturday morning features Headache Australia – be a part of the national headache register, to better develop headache treatment.  Get first-hand experiences from a valued Alzheimer’s Australia carer, and how pharmacy can help in this area.  Finish the day with a look at glaucoma - Glaucoma Australia joins CPExpo to share tips, resources and experience on glaucoma and the important role pharmacy plays in its management. 

To round out the last day of CPExpo 2013, Parkinson’s NSW shares its hopes for pharmacy collaboration and support.  Join the Melanoma Institute and the Australia New Zealand Melanoma Trials Group to hear fresh research on melanoma treatment, and the first hand experiences of a melanoma survivor. 

Only in the Patient Support Theatre at CPExpo 2013.

Pharmacists from across the country will come to Sydney for CPExpo from 31May-2 June to get increased personal and professional satisfaction, increased confidence in dealing with other health professionals and patients to improve health outcomes through to getting the resources, and insights that help grow income.

Up to 38 Group 2 CPD credits are available over 3 massive days!  CPExpo is the best place to invigorate your learning and connect your practice with patient outcomes, with a 1, 2 or 3-day package to suit everyone.

Registration is only available online, and can be accessed at www.psa.org.au/cpexpo.

For more information, visit www.psa.org.au/cpexpo.

 

24 May 2013
PAC13 CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN 

Researchers and practitioners working throughout pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science are invited to submit poster and oral presentation abstracts for PAC13.

The PAC13 Organising Committee is particularly interested in receiving submissions addressing pharmacy research or practice pearl (sharing the practice experience without necessarily having undertaken structured research activities).

The abstract submission guidelines can found on the conference website www.psa.org.au/pac

Oral Presentation: This involves a single or multiple author presentation of completed research. Time allocation: 15 minutes

Poster Presentation: Poster presenters will have the opportunity to present their poster during the allocated poster exhibition times.

PAC13 - under the theme of ONE Profession, ONE Focus, ONE Voice - will continue the Congress’s rich tradition of providing a topical and comprehensive program covering a wide range of educational, business and practice subjects.

Attendance will increase delegates’ specific knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviours in support of their expanding roles as pivotal professionals in the multi-disciplinary health-care model towards which Australia is rapidly moving.

The theme for will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes.

These are the keys to the profession growing in the future and remaining viable and sustainable while continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

Key dates:
7 July 2013 - Abstract submission closes
26 July 2013 - Notification of acceptance into program
30 August 2013 – Accepted presenter registration closes

PAC13 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 10-13 October 2013. To register, go to psa.org.au/pac
 

21 May 2013
ZUBIN AUSTIN TO PRESENT AT GLOBAL DRUG SAFETY CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION BRISBANE, 14-16 OCTOBER 2013

Leading international pharmacy figure Zubin Austin has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the opening plenary of the Global Drug Safety (GDS) Conference and Exposition being held in Brisbane.

Professor Austin is the inaugural holder of the OCP Research Professorship in Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and three textbook.

Professor Austin has received awards for his research from national and international organizations and is also an award-winning educator, having received national and international teaching awards. He has been named undergraduate Professor of the Year by students on 14 separate occasions.

Speaking on The Keys to Health Care teams Working Together to Create a Safe Environment for Consumers, Professor Austin’s presentation will open the unique event being held in Brisbane from 14-16 October 2013.

Queensland Branch President of PSA, Dr Lisa Nissen, said Professor Austin’s presentation would set the scene for the conference’s theme of Revitalising Drug Safety - The Decade of the Patient, which will be addressed by a range of experts and specialists.

“Professor Austin is one of the most respected international pharmacy figures and having him open the GDS highlights the quality and range of speakers and presenters who will be a feature of this event,” Dr Nissen said.

“His presentation is a great beginning to the conference which already is attracting registrations from government leaders, drug regulatory agencies, drug safety specialists, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare technology providers, health insurance providers, patient safety advocates and consumer groups.
“I think that having Professor Austin open the conference is recognition of its standing as the leading drug safety conference and exposition.

“I am delighted that we were chosen to host the GDS on the first occasion it has been held outside of its traditional base of Hong Kong.  The conference provides individuals with a unique opportunity to present their research at an international and we are already delighted at the number, quality and diversity of abstracts received to date.”

 

17 May 2013
CPExpo 2013 conference handbook now available

One of the highlights of the pharmacy calendar, CPExpo 2013, is just two weeks away and the complete conference handbook is now available to view online to plan and maximise your CPExpo experience.

And in a further incentive to register now, delegates who register for CPExpo before Friday 24 May have the chance to win a 2-day weekend package to the Annual Therapeutic Update 2014 – a package valued at $395!  ATU14 will follow the tradition of being the favourite location conference in NSW, advancing clinical knowledge and medication management in magical settings around the state.

The CPExpo 2013 handbook is your essential guide to tailoring your CPExpo experience to your individual education needs.  The handbook contains full synopses, learning objectives and competency standards so you can choose your education program with the confidence of PSA independence and expert speakers.

With this handbook, you can plan your path through the interactive learning space, with information on where to find and engage with leading pharmaceutical industry partners.

In addition, the handbook lists all our valued patient support partners at CPExpo; and who you can engage with at the unique Patient Support Theatre only at CPExpo.
The CPExpo handbook will be distributed next week in your wholesaler delivery, so make sure you are the first to get your hands on it!

Of course, all delegates receive a copy (along with exclusive freebies and samples) with their registration satchel, and as an education delegate your daily lunch is provided.

Up to 38 Group 2 CPD credits are available over 3 massive days!  CPExpo is the best place to invigorate your learning and connect your practice with patient outcomes, with a 1, 2 or 3-day package to suit everyone.

Pharmacists from across the country will come to Sydney for CPExpo from 31May-2 June to get increased personal and professional satisfaction, increased confidence in dealing with other health professionals and patients to improve health outcomes through to getting the resources, and insights that help grow income.

Registration is only available online, and can be accessed at www.psa.org.au/cpexpo.

For more information, visit www.psa.org.au/cpexpo.

 

14 May 2013
IMPACT ON HEALTH MINIMISED 

The Government has taken strong moves to help improve the economy while tempering the impact of the budget on the important role health plays in the Australian community.

Acting President of the PSA, Claire O’Reilly, said the PSA understood that in the current economic climate some initiatives proposed by the Society had not been implemented.

“The health sector has undergone some cuts but overall the impact has been reduced as much as possible by spreading the cuts across a broad spectrum of programs across the country,” Dr O’Reilly said.

“We welcome the previously announced additional funding of $30 million for chemotherapy medicines as a key component of Cancer Care rather than finding these funds from the Community Pharmacy Agreement”

“The PBS receives an additional $687 million for new and amended listings over five years.
However a sting in the tail remains through the ongoing impact of price disclosure which by August 2013 will have reduced the price of more than 130 medicines.”

Dr O’Reilly also said the announcement of increased funding of $16 million for the bowel cancer screening program was also welcomed.

“In addition, the scope of the program has been extended to include a wider range of age groups which will go a long way towards helping to reduce the impact of this disease in the community”

Dr O’Reilly said the PSA welcomed the opportunity to continue to work with all major parties in the future to further its proposals for a greater utilisation of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge in helping to manage chronic conditions. 

“Pharmacists have the potential to play a far more significant role in primary care in Australia and PSA will work to ensure their broad range of skills is better utilised,”she said.

“With the Budget behind us we can now move forward to build and consolidate the health system to improve the health outcomes of consumers and ensure Australia has a viable and sustainable health system into the future.

“Pharmacists are the most accessible of all health professionals and we are consistently ranked among the most trusted and respected health professionals with consumers.  We are a foundation for the future of the health system in this country”

10 May 2013
CPExpo 2013 conference app now available

CPExpo 2013 is fast approaching and from today the CPExpo experience can be further enhanced by downloading the specially developed app for the event.

And in a further incentive to register now, delegates who register for CPExpo before Friday 17 May have the chance to win a 2-day package to PharmacyLIVE 2013 – a package valued at $375!  PharmacyLIVE is the essential conference to Learn, Practice and Deliver effective and efficient professional services and so is the ideal complement to CPExpo.

So don’t delay and register today, and then load the app to keep abreast of all the latest CPExpo developments.

The state-of-the-art official CPExpo 2013 app allows simple, portable electronic access to the complete conference handbook.

With the full synopses of all sessions available across the weekend, speaker biographies, industry partner details and patient support partner information, the app is a must-have tool for the complete CPExpo experience.

The app is now available for download, and is iOS, Blackberry and Android compatible.  With automatic updates, it is easy to stay on top of special expo day offers – you can even set alarms to make sure you don’t miss your preferred session!

The app is another way CPExpo allows you to connect with colleagues, engage with industry and patient support partners, and invigorate your professional practice – making your CPExpo experience a portable one. 

Pharmacists from all over the country will come to Sydney for CPExpo from 31May-2 June to get increased personal and professional satisfaction, increased confidence in dealing with other health professionals and patients to improve health outcomes through to getting the resources, and insights that help grow income.

Registration is only available online, and can be accessed at www.psa.org.au/cpexpo.

With up to 38 Group 2 CPD credits on offer across 3 days, there is a 1, 2 or 3 day package to suit everyone.

For more information, visit www.psa.org.au/cpexpo.

 

7 May 2013
GLOBAL DRUG SAFETY CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION CALL FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN
Submit your abstract online by 11 June 2013

Organisers of the Global Drug Safety (GDS) Conference and Exposition have called for abstract submissions for the unique event being held in Brisbane from 14-16 October 2013.

With the theme of Revitalising Drug Safety – The Decade of the Patient, the conference   will feature leading international speakers including  and bring together   government leaders, drug regulatory agencies, drug safety specialists, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare technology providers, health insurance providers, patient safety advocates, and consumer groups from all over the globe.

Abstracts on the following and related topics are invited for consideration as oral or poster presentations:

            * The Safe Drug: Discovery and Distribution

            * Medication Safety: Systems and Practice

            * Safe Medicine: Safe Patient

The abstract submission guidelines can found on the conference website www.gds2013.org. Contributors should specify whether they prefer oral or poster presentation, or if they have no preference.  Abstracts will be reviewed by the Organising Committee which will make the final decisions on acceptance and on the mode of presentation.

  1. Oral Presentation – This involves a single or multiple author presentation of completed research. Time allocation: 15 minutes
  2. Poster Presentation – Poster presenters will have the opportunity to present their poster during the allocated poster exhibition times.

 

Submissions will be accepted on the basis that at least one presenter must register and attend the conference. All papers accepted for presentation both oral and poster will be included in the conference proceedings.

Key dates
11 June 2013 - Abstract submission closes
11 July 2013 - Notification of acceptance into program
31 August 2013 - Early bird registration closes

For more information visit www.gds2013.org 

 

3 May 2013
NATIONAL INTERN TRAINING PROGRAM – 2013 SECOND INTAKE NOW OPEN


Enrolments for the 2013 Second intake of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s (PSA) National Intern Training Program (NITP) are now open. 

As the largest and most experienced intern training provider, PSA is in tune with the needs of interns and preceptors, providing unsurpassed support, flexibility and professional guidance.

The NITP is a high-quality, practice-focussed program that enables interns to get their career off to a flying start- whichever path they choose.

PSA engages experienced pharmacists across all major pharmacy settings to develop and deliver a competitive and innovative intern training experience.

Interns enjoy:  

*  Help to pass Pharmacy Board exams with opportunities to prepare throughout  the NITP

* Tailored support and mentoring for interns and preceptors from an experienced local NITP coordinator

 * Flexibility to train at their own pace with NITP modules structured into manageable time chunks to fit busy schedules

* The ability to fast track the NITP in as little as six months

* Credit towards a postgraduate qualification and future career progression

* NITP interns also receive essential study resources and practice tools, with free access to $1000 of additional extras – eMIMS, eTG, PSA online CPD, and PSA Self Care.

* The NITP is accredited by the Australian Pharmacy Council and offers unrivalled learning flexibility, with interns able to continue their training uninterrupted if they relocate anywhere in Australia.

* Prospective interns can kick-start their career and enrol in the PSA NITP by visiting  http://www.psa.org.au/intern

 

3 May 2013
FREE 7-INCH TABLET OFFER FOR FULL REGISTRATIONS AS PAC 13 REGISTRATIONS OPEN

Registrations have opened for Australia’s premier pharmacy event, the Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC13). This year’s event is being held in Brisbane with a new format and extra features to ensure that attendance at the congress is an experience second to none.

In a first for a pharmacy conference in Australia, full registration delegates to PAC13 will receive a 7-inch, 4.1 android tablet containing the conference handbook and other features, as part of their conference satchel. 

Acting President of PSA, Dr Claire O’Reilly, said PAC 13 would be better than ever and one of the main differences with this year’s program is the way CPD will be delivered.

“Clinical information will also be taught with a session on how to implement that clinical knowledge into your everyday pharmacy practice,” Dr O’Reilly said.

“Consumer perspectives relating to pharmacy health topics will also play a central role in the Continuing Professional Development at PAC13.

“Another key difference of PAC in 2013 is that the Sunday program will be completely dedicated to workshops.

“Hot topics in pharmacy including cardio vascular disease, everyday minor ailments and male mental health are all standouts in this year’s workshop line-up. Popular workshops will be repeated on the day, meaning you won’t miss out on the ones you want to attend.”

The theme for PAC13 is ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes is the key to the profession growing in the future and remaining viable and sustainable while continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

“An exciting range of national and international speakers including Professor Zubin Austin from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Canada, and Professor Ian Frazer, the man behind the first cancer vaccine, will give delegates insights and updates on some of the latest developments in pharmacy practice, as well as identifying issues and trends which pharmacists need to be aware of,” Dr O’Reilly said.

“In addition, the offer of a tablet for full registration delegates is an exciting innovation, and having the handbook delivered electronically is a bonus for all delegates,” Dr O’Reilly said.

PAC13 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 10-13 October 2013. To register, go to psa.org.au/pac

2 May 2013
PSA MEMBERSHIP TOPS 18,000 FOR FIRST TIME

Membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has grown to more than 18,000 for the first time in the PSA’s history. 

Acting National President of the PSA, Dr Claire O’Reilly, said that the ongoing strong growth of PSA membership was a reflection of the Society’s mandate to cover all areas of the pharmacy profession as well as recognition of the wide range of services it provides. 

“PSA is the only body which truly represents all sectors of the pharmacy profession and our members recognise that this gives us insights and strengths which are invaluable,” Dr O’Reilly said. 

“It also positions us to be able to advocate from a position of unity and to be able to speak with one voice for all the profession.

“Being able to lobby on behalf of all the profession gives PSA a very strong and credible voice when advocating on behalf of our members.”

Dr O’Reilly said PSA’s continued commitment to the ongoing development and delivery of targeted practice support and professional education was another reason it has such a strong membership base.

“Pharmacists recognise the need and value of good practice support and quality continuing professional education,” Dr O’Reilly said. 

“While there are a range of other providers of professional education available, PSA can boast a quality second to none.

“This is appreciated by pharmacists who also know that by being members of PSA they receive special offers, services and discounts which non members do not have access to.

“We are excited that our membership is now more than 18,700 but we will not be resting on our laurels.  We will continue to build on our services and offerings to ensure that PSA   members have a professional and business edge to take them forward.

“The rise in membership is also recognition that PSA is influencing attitudes, opinions and policies through representation, networking, consultation, continuing education, practice support, standards, guidelines and a range of publications and health promoting programs and resources.”

 

1 May 2013
GLOBAL DRUG SAFETY CONFERENCE AND EXPOSITION REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN14-16 October 2013, Brisbane

Registrations have now opened for the Global Drug Safety (GDS) Conference and Exposition which will attract national and international delegates and speakers from across a wide spectrum of stakeholder groups to advance the global drug safety mission in all corners of the world.

With the theme of Revitalising Drug Safety – The Decade of the Patient, the conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 14-16 October 2013  and will feature leading international speakers including Professor Zubin Austin from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Professor Austin’s primary research focuses on the professional and personal development of health-care workers at all stages of their practices and he has published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is primary author on three textbooks.

He is currently principal investigator on an $C18-million project funded by Health Canada to examine integration of healthcare professionals in diverse practice settings.

Queensland Branch President of PSA, Professor Lisa Nissen, said speakers of the calibre of Professor Austin would be a feature of the conference which would bring together government leaders, drug regulatory agencies, drug safety specialists, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical industry, healthcare technology providers, health insurance providers, patient safety advocates, and consumer groups.

“This is a one-of-a-kind conference which will address major issues facing health-care professionals, as well as governments and consumers, across the world today,” Professor Nissen said.

“With the patient as the centre of our focus, the conference will look at three main areas: The Safe Drug: Discovery and Distribution; Medication Safety: Systems and Practice; and Safe Medicine - Safe Patient.

“With our wide range of expert speakers, these topics will be examined in robust detail which will look at current issues while also identifying emerging trends that we must be aware of. To round off the conference, presented papers will bring delegates up to date with all the latest research while affording an opportunity for broad contribution to the conference proceedings by industry, the profession and stakeholders.”

To register go to www.gds2013.org

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