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Publication Date 01/11/2013         Volume. 5 No. 10   
Information to Pharmacists


From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the November 1 2013, Homepage Edition of i2P – Information to Pharmacists E-Magazine.
We are approaching the end of a calendar year, a year many of us would like to put behind us.
In this edition we report on the “dark forces” that are beginning to surround us while the profession and industry find themselves in a weakened position – far weaker than they were this time last year.
Quite a few opportunities exist and quite a few opportunities have been squandered by our leadership organisations and their executives.
What pharmacy seems to not have is a group of mentors capable of guiding the introduction of paid clinical services.
Because this activity requires a paradigm shift in attitude and culture, their introduction has to be driven by local leadership.

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Feature Contribution

Is a Community Pharmacy an Incompatible Environment for Clinical Services?

Dr John Dunlop (PGDipPharm, MPharm, DPharm(Auck), FACPP, FNZCP, FPSNZ, MCAPA)

The recent article “observations on implementing a clinical service”,1 stimulated me to share my perceptions of this well meaning approach to providing a clinical service within a community pharmacy.
Firstly let me admit to being much older than the author of this article, and let me establish that I spent over 40 years in community pharmacy before embarking upon a clinical career.
The perception that a viable clinical pharmacy practice can be undertaken in a community pharmacy is contrary to the reality and numerous assessments described in the researched literature.
Having studied this problem for many years, I have come to the conclusion that a community pharmacy environment, which is predominantly a supply and distribution model, is incompatible with the provision of clinical roles.

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Stuff to Think About

Gerald Quigley

Editor's Note: Gerald recently attended a meeting hosted by Medicines Australia.
He picked up on the undercurrent related to the meeting's real agenda.
There are some sinister elements that sense that pharmacy may be in a weakened state with a large number of pharmacists being focused on survival-both employers and employees.
These elements are looking to exploit pharmacy and limit its independence as part of a wide-ranging agenda.
Your help is needed.

The words which literally grabbed me at this meeting included “caught”, “capture” and “tracking”.
No, we weren’t discussing wild animals or escapees from the penal colonies……we were discussing dedicated, hard-working, committed and patient-focused health professionals in Australia.
I attended the Medicines Australia Transparency Working Group meeting in Melbourne last month.
The discussions were centred on the medical profession, more especially on prescribed medicines from my understanding.
References though were continually made about pharmacists.

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Roadblocks in Clinical Services Provision

Neil Johnston

I have been reading with interest, Peter Sayers' journey into paid professional services and his cautious optimism.
Now, as a feature article in this current edition of i2P John Dunlop, a respected New Zealand pharmacist, expresses doubt that clinical pharmacists are going to make it in a community pharmacy setting.
Further, Professor Austin Zubin at a recent PAC2013 conference in Brisbane identified a problem amongst pharmacists he describes as ‘Paralysis in the face of ambiguity’ as he pondered why pharmacists were not taking up opportunities in primary health care.
“Despite abundant opportunity and patient demand, government recognition etc, across the world, a similar picture emerges of a profession that is its own worst enemy,” he said.
 “The standard response to new opportunities is, ‘I don’t have enough time, I’m not trained for this, I’m not getting paid enough, it’s too costly….”

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A Report on HPV Vaccine at the 3rd world congress on Cancer Science and Therapy in San Francisco October 2013

Judy Wilyman

The University of Wollongong recently provided funding for me to present my research on the HPV vaccine at the 3rd world congress on Cancer Science and Therapy in San Francisco.
On the 22nd October I presented my research that demonstrates that HPV vaccination has not been proven to be safe or effective against cervical cancer.
Japan and India have recently stopped recommending this vaccine due to deaths and disability after vaccination.

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Is the CHF (Consumer Health Forum) representative of consumers?

Mark Coleman

i2P has often commented on the orchestration of various lobby groups and their suspect behaviours when orchestrating their seemingly unrelated activities.
They seem to have gotten their chorus to be sung in tune.
Gerald Quigley referred to these "dark forces" in his article in this month's edition.
Their activities are disruptive, damaging and distracting to say the least and some border on the illegal.
They also have a common thread in that members of the Skeptics Society are common within their membership allowing the various groups to work in concert.
i2P readers need to be aware of these activities because they may have to mobilise their resources to counter behaviours that affect pharmacy-directly and indirectly.

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Are On-Line Shoppers Only Concerned With Price?

Chris Foster

It’s easy to assume that the on line shopper is attracted to that medium solely by the cheaper prices that may be available.
And, if price was the only criteria, the majority of bricks and mortar stores (B&M) would well and truly be out of business by now.
Yes, as always, there are a number of consumers where price is the sole determinant in the decision to purchase. Traditionally, this has been around 10% to 15% of consumers.
However, what are the real facts?

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I’ve been texting, I mean thinking about texting, as well as dialing, handwriting, and face-to-face talking in our hurry-up worl

Mark Neuenschwander

These days we call the US Post Service [sic] snail mail. But in 1775, Ben Franklin’s innovation sped up letter travel between Philadelphia and San Francisco from forever to a few months.
In 1844, Samuel Morse accelerated message delivery exponentially. Transmitting words at the speed of light, the inventor’s telegraph made Abraham Lincoln our first online president, enabling the commander in chief to chat instantaneously with his generals on the front lines.
In 1862 the transcontinental railroad relegated the year-old Pony Express to mothballs by whisking letters from coast to coast at 30-some miles per hour in under ten days.

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Caring for you Caring for others – a report on the Health Professionals’ Health Conference 2013 3 October to 5 October 2013

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

Evolving from the Doctors’ Health Conference the program of the Health Professionals’ Health Conference included much of relevance to all health professionals including pharmacists. Delegates came from all over Australia and New Zealand as well as several travelling from countries further away including England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada and USA. Delegates included a range of health professionals and medical students. Notably only two pharmacists attended this conference which had approximately 160 delegates.

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Culture Bonds, Right?

Barry Urquhart

PAY ATTENTION: Applying “automatic cruise” is not a viable or appropriate option for management by business leaders today.
The pathway to success and to the future is littered with numerous, often unforeseen barriers, impediments and filters.
There is a clarion-clear message in this for all. It parallels the findings of a recent detailed study among motor vehicle drivers and into the causes of road accidents.
The consistent and most disturbing primary cause of motor vehicle accidents was not speed, alcohol, climatic conditions or unfamiliarity with the local road network (through these were significant, often independent contributors to the accident statistics).
The highest ranking causal factor was INATTENTION.
Being distracted from the primary focus can, and often does have dire consequences.
On the road these can include receiving and sending text messages, mobile telephone calls, loud and aggressive passengers, external eye-catching activities and simple tiredness, boredom and outright inattention.
The consequences can and do impact on many.

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Treating ADHD with Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide)

Staff Writer

From Orthomolecular Medicine News Service- Editor: Andrew W Saul

ADHD is not caused by a drug deficiency.
But it may indeed be caused by profound nutrient deficiency, more accurately termed nutrient dependency. Although all nutrients are important, the one that an ADHD child is most likely in greatest need of is vitamin B-3, niacinamide.

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Celebrating youth service at We Day

Harvey Mackay

The atmosphere was beyond electric: 18,000 cheering teenagers, and it wasn’t for a rock star, a pro athlete or even canceling school.
This remarkable group of students gathered in St. Paul, Minn., for We Day in early October to be recognized for their stellar record of volunteering.
And this was only one of more than a dozen such gatherings across North America.
We Day is described as a celebration of the power of young Americans to create positive and lasting change, not only in their communities and around the world, but within themselves.

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Pointless and perilous pathologies

Loretta Marron OAM BSc

Off sex, always tired or feeling low? Why not see a natural therapist to find out what's wrong. They offer a variety of tests to nail your problems - but do they work? Hang on, the experts say "No"!
"Commercially driven, unvalidated, pseudo-medical tests are endangering the well-being of Australians by giving wrong diagnoses and incorrect reassurances of their health",
so say the Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) Pathology Advisory Group. Consisting of distinguished pathologists and allergists from both Australia and New Zealand, their warning comes with the support of The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA).

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Multi-Professional Prescribing- The AMA Lost Out

Neil Johnston

You have to scratch your head sometimes, particularly when you see news reports quoting Steve Hambledon (AMA President) stating that autonomous prescribing by “non medical health professionals” (which, of course, includes pharmacists), is “dangerous”.
This statement is just about as ridiculous as an earlier statement indicating vaccines provided through pharmacy were dangerous because pharmacy lacks suitable refrigerators.
This followed the decision by COAG to approve the draft Health Professionals Prescribing Pathway, now only requiring legislative approval and Board Guidelines to become a significant factor in the pharmacy profession moving forward.

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Niacin Beats Statins Supplements and Diet are Safer, More Effective

Staff Writer

OHMS Newsletter
by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

 Statins for everyone?
If media are to be believed, and if the drug industry has its way, the answer is "you bet."
The American Academy of Pediatrics has stated that kids as young as eight years of age might take statin drugs.
Specifically: "As a group, statins have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol in children and adolescents with marked LDL cholesterol elevation . . . when used from 8 weeks to 2 years for children aged 8 to 18 years." http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/128/Supplement_5/S213.full
Strangely enough, American Academy of Pediatrics projects receive cash from Merck & Co., Pfizer and Sanofi-Aventis, as well as from Procter and Gamble, Nestlé and other large corporations. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/corporate-relationships/Pages/Friends-of-Children-Fund-President%27s-Circle.aspx

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Chiropractors and GP’s told to team up after published research

Mark Coleman

Recently, the Chiropractors Association of Australia partially funded a study undertaken by researchers at the University of Melbourne, which has provided the best picture yet of the most common conditions treated by chiropractors.
It suggests most chiropractic treatments and consultations undertaken in Australia are evidence based.

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Fart With Confidence

Peter Jackson

Technology derived during the development of protective clothing for use in chemical warfare has now been adapted for everyday consumers to assist them in daily living. The discovery that carbon fibre can absorb and filter flatulence odours and incontinence odours has now been put to practical use in a commercial product called "Shreddies".

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What Replaced Kodak?

Neil Johnston

At the turn of the 20th Century Kodak  reigned supreme.
Box Brownies were the camera for every occasion and the developing and printing of film was big business for pharmacy.
Kodak liked the alliance with pharmacy because pharmacists understood the science behind the various types of film, the processing chemicals and the nuances of the various printing papers.
Yes, Kodak liked the pharmacy retail environment so much that any pharmacists could order a repaint of their front of shop awning at any time – free of charge, provided the name Kodak dominated in the Kodak colours of red, yellow and black.

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A Catalyst for Change

Gerald Quigley

Editor's Note: Australia, it seems, has had the highest global rate of prescribing for statins.
That seems to suggest that Australian doctors may have been prescribing unnecessarily, and behind that fact, allowing drug companies to influence them to a greater extent than necessary.
Those $10 meals certainly provided a return on investment for drug companies to the extent that the party may now be over as approximately 40 percent of doctors are reviewing their prescribing practices surrounding statin usage in their patients. Gerald Quigley relates one patient experience.

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Pushing the envelope

Harvey Mackay

“Pushing the envelope” is a phrase that originated with American test pilots like Chuck Yaeger and John Glenn in the 1940s.
It described max stress situations for the metal skin (“envelope”) of a jet aircraft.  In other words, the plane was designed to fly safely up to a certain speed for a certain distance at a certain altitude. 
The job of test pilots was to “push the envelope” by making the plane go faster, farther and higher.  The term “pushing the envelope” came into popular parlance in the blockbuster book and movie (1983) “The Right Stuff.”
Naturally, this phrase is near and dear to me.  On my business card, my title is “Envelope Salesman.”  So literally, I am pushing the envelope every day! 

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Medical Debate Censorship Attempt by NSW Government

Staff Writer

Editor's Note: Until today, I had never heard of the organisation Avaaz.
Avaaz—meaning "voice" in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.
Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change.
The Avaaz model of internet organising allows thousands of individual efforts, however small, to be rapidly combined into a powerful collective force. (Read about results on the Highlights page.)
The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers.
Avaaz takes action -- signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing "offline" protests and events -- to ensure that the views and values of the world's people inform the decisions that affect us all.

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Inquiry into the Promotion of False or Misleading Health-Related Information or Practices

Judy Wilyman

I'd like to draw your attention to an inquiry that is taking place in the NSW parliament. It is titled ˜Inquiry into the Promotion of False or Misleading Health-Related Information or Practices".
This inquiry is being held by the Committee on the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).
This is the consumer watchdog that investigates consumer complaints or concerns.
The aim of the inquiry is to report on possible measures to address the promotion of unscientific health-related information or practices that may be detrimental to individual or public health.

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New sensor passes litmus test

Staff Researcher

Edith Cowan University researchers have drawn on their expertise in nanotechnology to update the humble pH sensor, replacing traditional glass electrode devices that have been in use since the 1930s with a new sensor thinner than a human hair.
Electron Science Research Institute Director Professor Kamal Alameh said the sensor could have exciting new applications in the oil and gas and medical industries.

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Structure Sensor 3D Scanner Works with New iPad Air and iPad Mini

Staff Writer

Editor's Note: At i2P we're convinced that 3D printing is going to invade just about every aspect of pharmacy - from tablet and vaccine manufacture, drug testing on a patient's own tissue outside of the body. to design detail for any item of pharmacy furniture.
We are therefore stepping up reportage for this exciting and disruptive technology.

if you were one of the almost 3,000 backers of the Structure Sensor on Kickstarter and were hoping to attach the 3D scanning device to your new iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display, you might be a little worried about compatibility. 
Well, fret not. Occipital, the startup behind the Structure Sensor, has adapted its product to Apple’s latest release.

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New nanoparticle delivers, tracks cancer drugs

Staff Researcher

Chemical engineers and clinicians from UNSW and Monash University have synthesised a new iron oxide nanoparticle that delivers cancer drugs to cells while simultaneously monitoring the drug release in real time.
The result, published online in the journal ACS Nano, represents an important development for the emerging field of theranostics – a term that refers to nanoparticles that can treat and diagnose disease.

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How fat could help solve part of the diabetes problem

Staff Researcher

The pancreas is a large organ that wraps around our gut, and produces the exact amount of insulin our bodies need when we eat – except when we start to develop diabetes, and insulin production slows down. Sydney scientists describe how a fat recycling system within pancreatic ‘beta cells’ determines the amount of insulin they secrete, and so may provide a target for future diabetes therapies.

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Receipt of licence application (DIR 126) from PaxVax Australia Pty Ltd for a clinical trial of a GM cholera vaccine

Judy Wilyman

I'd just like to make you aware of this government action to release a genetically modified live bacterial cholera vaccine into the population. Here is the link to this experiment on the government website http://www.ogtr.gov.au/internet/ogtr/publishing.nsf/Content/dir126
Cholera has not been a problem in Australia for many decades.
I have not seen this mentioned in the media so I hope people will take an interest to find out why this experiment is necessary in the Australian population.

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Australia’s future healthcare system must be consumer-centric (ASMI 2013 Conference)

Marie Kelly-Davies

The importance of industry, policymakers and regulators putting the consumer front and centre of discussions on Australia’s future health system was a key theme of the 2013 Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) Conference in Sydney recently.

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ASMI welcomes community pharmacy support for S3 information-based advertising

Marie Kelly-Davies

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is encouraged by strong signals of support from community pharmacy to expand the range of Pharmacist Only (S3) medicines as well as its widespread support of an information-based communications approach to consumers for S3 medicines, as demonstrated by the UTS Pharmacy Barometer released this week.1
Prescription to non-prescription reclassification (‘Rx to OTC switch’) and lifting the current advertising restrictions on S3 communication are key issues that remain high on ASMI’s agenda.

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Dark Forces Emerging - Including Colesworth

Neil Johnston

Editor’s Comment:
The media extract this month comes from a Pharmacy News report that Woolworths is on the move once more with pharmacy in its sights.
We would assume that Coles is also in the mix.
There are many “dark forces” aligned against pharmacy interests. In all my years as a member of the pharmacy profession I don’t think I have seen so many diverse groups waiting in line to “knee-cap” pharmacy activity.
Because many of these “dark forces” overlap and help each other along, I have asked Mark Coleman to clarify these “dark forces” from his perspective, because he has been researching some of these organisations and has written an article about some of them in this edition.
In no way can I see a Liberal Government, the representatives of big business, move to restrain Colesworth, except for minor marginal activities.

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PSA Media Releases for October 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 phone 0419 260 827

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29 October 2013

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework Steering Committee (APPFSC) met in late September and progressed several important initiatives.  

a. Advanced practice recognition model. Work to establish a recognition model for advanced pharmacy practice in Australia continues to make progress. The APPFSC asked the Recognition Model Working Group (a sub-group of the APPFSC) to convene a meeting in October to discuss further details. Planning is underway for several recommendations to be made to APPFSC Member organisations in the coming months. The APPFSC was also fortunate to be able to meet with Dr Catherine Duggan (Royal Pharmaceutical Society) and Prof Ian Bates (University of London) and hear about their work on advanced pharmacy practice recognition in the UK.

b. Review of customised tool of entry-level competencies. A survey was released in August 2013 regarding a review of the customised tool of entry-level competency standards. The APPFSC wished to acknowledge and thank those who had already provided feedback. While numbers were not high, the responses to date did not suggest a fundamental change to the tool. Given the review of the profession’s full set of competency standards is scheduled to commence in 2014, the APPFSC considered that a concurrent review of the customised entry-level tool was appropriate. In response to several requests to the Secretariat, the survey will remain open until further notice. Feedback on the customised tool would be greatly appreciated and will help inform future design and use of the tool. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DDBWRSV.

c. Vaccination by pharmacists. In response to a request from the Pharmacy Board of Australia in May this year, the APPFSC has undertaken work on the administration of vaccines by pharmacists. While it was agreed that vaccination by pharmacists does not constitute advanced level practice, the expansion to pharmacists’ current scope of practice required consideration of the profession’s competency standards and therefore the work was regarded as being within scope for the APPFSC. The mapping of pharmacists’ competencies to those of nurse immunisers was completed by the Vaccination Working Group (a sub-group of the APPFSC) and finalisation of this work to make a submission to the Pharmacy Board of Australia was authorised by the APPFSC with the support of constituent organisations.

d. Web site on advanced pharmacy practice. A new web site where the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework and other related documents are consolidated and made available is being developed. The APPFSC will provide advice in the future when the web site is launched.

e. Report on advanced and extended pharmacy practice. The APPFSC noted the recent release of the Australian Pharmacy Council report entitled Advanced and extended pharmacy practice: an environmental snapshot and commended the report. The document is available on the Council’s web site at www.pharmacycouncil.org.au.

f. Manuscripts. The APPFSC operates on behalf of the pharmacy profession and is committed to publicising the work it undertakes. To this end, several manuscripts are being prepared with a view to submitting these in the near future for consideration of publication in appropriate journals.

The APPFSC is scheduled to next meet in November 2013.

Shane Jackson, Chair APPFSC

29 October 2013


15 October 2013


A Barossa pharmacist who has built a strong reputation for his patient focus has been named as this year’s SA/NT Pharmacist of the Year.

Travis Schiller was presented with the award at a function this week where his proactive and energetic approach to his profession were praised.

PSA SA/NT Branch President Sue Edwards said Mr Schiller had been nominated for the award and among the attributes cited were that he is “honest, reliable, kind, friendly, and professional and a much admired Team Leader”

“Travis is an active and respected member of the Inaugural Chemplus Pharmacy Advisory Committee and the Barossa Valley Nursing Home Medication Advisory Committee, where he regularly provides education sessions for staff and patients,” Ms Edwards said.

“Travis is AACP accredited and is actively involved in promoting health to his community through involvement in running a cardiac rehabilitation seminar, and discussing medicines and issues for people recently diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

“He also acts as an advocate for each patient's health, and in particular seniors ageing in the home. He actively enjoys his regular HMR visits and is the primary pharmacist delivering HMRs in homes from the Barossa right through to the Riverland West region.”

Ms Edwards said Mr Schiller was also involved in sporting clubs promoting a healthy image and was active in promoting and sponsoring the `Chemplus Cup', a trial match between Nuriootpa and Waikerie football clubs.

“He is also the QCPP Coordinator at Barossa Chemplus, and has consistently contributed to the development of corporate activities that strengthen the delivery of quality healthcare across the 62 Chemplus pharmacies.

“Another feature of his work is that he is involved in promoting collaboration with other health professionals such as visiting local doctor's surgeries, and developing stronger professional relationships and implementing systems.

“Travis is well regarded as a champion of Good Health Choices, the Chemplus professional services program.

“He has been an advocate and leader in promoting the Chemplus Medication Organiser to his patients, now providing this service to his many customers.”


14 October 2013


The South Australia and Northern Territory Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia awarded Fellowships to two eminent pharmacists from the State at the SA/NT Branch President’s Reception and Dinner early this week.

Professor Andrew Gilbert and Peter Halstead were presented with Fellowships to the Society by National President Grant Kardachi

Peter Halstead has been a practising pharmacist since 1980, and an accredited pharmacist since 1988, an area he has specialised in, becoming accredited as an external examiner for AACP. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Halstead has work in a range of country and metropolitan pharmacies, as well as in academia at the University of SA where he lectured on small business, scheduling and forensic pharmacy. He was also Registrar of Pharmacy Board of South Australia from 2001 – 10, and was instrumental during the transition to national registration.

At present he is Professions Adviser at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and (AHPRA), and General Manager of the Pharmacy Regulation Authority of SA (PRASA). He is also the Pharmacist Adviser to the Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), and was awarded the inaugural Barry Schultz Medal presented by the SA Branch of the Pharmacy Guild for Excellence in Community Pharmacy in 2012.

Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert recently retired as the Director, Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre at the University of South Australia; and was Director of the ongoing 10 year National Veterans’ Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Service (Veterans’ MATES) program.

He has led a substantial set of research programs within the areas of medicines policy, health service research and health behaviour change, and is an acknowledged leader in these fields at both national and international levels; including a number of major projects in aged-care such as a project which examined the implementation of the Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee guidelines on medication management with residential aged-care facilities. 

Professor Gilbert was Chief Investigator on a recently completed five-year ARC/NHMRC Ageing Well Ageing Productively Grant and a major contributor to the development, and adoption by the Federal Government, of Australia’s National Medicines Policy and The Strategy of achieving Quality Use of Medicines.  

He was the recipient of the 2011 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Australian Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2005 and the South Australian Pharmacist of the Year in 2004, for his work in medicines policy development, implementation and evaluation, pharmacoepidemiology and health-care practice change.


12 October 2013


Broken Hill community pharmacist Alex Page has won the 2013 PSA Award for QUM in Pain Management.

Mr Page has witnessed the effects of chronic pain in communities and the widespread and extensive use of codeine containing analgesics in these communities.

Presenting the award at PAC13, PSA National President Grant Kardachi said Mr Page decided to tackle this issue head on and so he obtained a Masters in Pain Management from the University of Sydney to allow him to highlight adequate pain management as a priority for Broken Hill.  

“Through his tireless efforts, Alex has been able to educate and empower many patients about not only quality use of medicines but also about actively improving their own pain management,” Mr Kardachi said.

“In the pharmacy, he fosters patient education and support as a priority for better treatment outcomes.

“Through the provision of Home Medicines Reviews Alex has been able to identify and combat maladaptive coping mechanisms and the link between chronic pain and depression.

“He recognises the importance of psychologists and provides recommendations and links to provide the best total management plan for his patients. Alex has also succeeded in motivating his patients to remain active and functioning despite their pain.”

Mr Kardachi said that in his role at the Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Service, Mr Page’s work strongly aligns with the National Pain Management Strategy with his involvement in multidisciplinary approach to pain management.

“The collaboration necessary to really effect change and achieve good outcomes that Alex has achieved, can only be described as inspirational and rewarding,” Mr Kardachi said.

“He is a very worthy winner of this award which recognises not only his achievement and successes but also his ongoing commitment to pain management.”

The PSA Award for QUM in Pain Management is sponsored through an education grant from Mundipharma. The grant recognises a pharmacist who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality use of medicines through direct clinical care of consumers with persistent pain.

The recipient received registration fees, travel and accommodation to attend PAC13 to the value of $5500.


12 October 2013


Victorian Rebecca Boschert was named the Pharmacy Student of the Year during a ceremony at the Pharmacy Australia Congress in Melbourne last night.

 Ms Boschert also won the added honour of picking up the audience choice award for the event.
National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Grant Kardachi, congratulated Ms Boschert from La Trobe University, on the achievement of being named the Pharmacy Student of the Year for 2013.

“This year we again saw some amazing students showing amazing skills in their chosen profession,” Mr Kardachi said.

“The counselling session they had to undertake was challenging and required a good depth of clinical knowledge as well as empathy with the ‘patient’.

“It seems to be that every year the skills of the students we are called upon to judge in this competition are more impressive. However, Ms Boschert was a standout in a field of very impressive candidates.

“The Pharmacy Student of the Year award event is a great learning experience for the participants, the profession and the audience as well.”

The eight State, Territory and Wildcard finalists this year were:

  • Connie Arronis, from the University of Sydney who is the NAPSA wildcard
  • Callan Beesley of the University of New England 
  • Narelle Smith form the University of South Australia 
  • Tessa Lane from the University of Canberra 
  •  Rachael Starkey from  Queensland University of Technology 
  •  Sean Pulham from Curtin University
  •  Rebecca Boschert from La Trobe University
  •  Dana McLennan from the University of Tasmania

This year’s competition was being jointly sponsored by Alphapharm and API.


9 October 2013


If you decide at the last minute that you don’t want to miss the great clinical, business and networking opportunities available at PAC13, then you still have the chance to register at the Congress venue on the day or days you wish to attend.

PAC13 is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre form Friday 11 October 2013 until Sunday 13 October 2013.

PAC 13 offers a wide range of presentations so pharmacists who attend the Congress will have no problem finding sessions that meet their needs and interests while gaining valuable CPD credits.

Once again this year, PAC will give all delegates an unprecedented opportunity to broaden their skills and learn from researchers, practitioners and consumers about developments that will help shape the future of our profession and its part in the changing health-care environment.

The PAC13 program will present more than 56 hours of CPD - 11.5 Group 1 and

90 Group 2 credits - from which delegates will be able to select topics of their choice. Significantly for PAC13 delegates, there is a major focus on Group 2 credits which are available for most of the sessions.

PAC13 has a wide range of clinical, practice, and business and management sessions under the Congress theme: 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.

PSA’s Excellence Award winners will also be announced during a special awards plenary session on Friday 11 October.   

These prestigious awards recognise the Young Pharmacist of the Year and the Pharmacist of the Year, as well as conferring a special Lifetime Achievement Award on a recipient.

In addition, the ever-popular Pharmacy Student of the Year finals will be held on Friday, with the winners announced at the Gala Dinner on Saturday.

For further details, go to psa.com.au/pac or to register on the day see the staff at the registration desk in the foyer area of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.


9 October 2013


PAC13 has gone digital with everything you need to maximise your Congress experience at your fingertips to be found in the PAC13 app which is now available for android or IOS mobile phones and devices.

The app has been designed to give delegates all the details they need about the conference with alerts and updates keeping everyone informed of all the latest news and developments at PAC13.

A special feature is the 'My Schedule' section which enables delegates to set up their own Congress schedule by choosing which sessions they want to attend.

By simply tapping on the appropriate link in the session details, it is loaded into the delegate's personal schedule, making it easy to make sure those must-attend session are never overlooked or missed.

The app also features full details of the speakers and presenters, as well as session details, times and venues.

The app comes ready loaded on the seven-inch tablets all full three-day registrants will receive as part of their registration.

The App is available for both android and apple devices from the iTunes store and Google Play by searching Pharmacy Australia Congress.

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.

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


08 October 2013


 The PSA has opened applications for its ignite Pharmacist Leadership Program 2014.

The ignite program was developed by PSA to meet the ongoing leadership and career development needs of early career pharmacists (ECPs).

National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said ignite was an elite program which aimed to develop high-performing ECPs into future health leaders who would drive strategy, change and innovation. 

“The program offers a unique development experience that broadens the understanding of leadership and develops the participants’ skills; taking into account the personal leadership goals of those taking part in the program,” he said.

“The program combines interactive workshops, experiential and distance learning, inspirational speakers, mentoring, networking opportunities and a practical workplace project to develop participants as future leaders.

“ECPs will also obtain recognition towards a Diploma of Management.”

Mr Kardachi said an interesting aspect of the ignite program was the innovative use of horses for greater personal development.

“To be a great communicator and leader requires great people skills, and great people skills stem from self-awareness and sound interpersonal behaviours and one tool the ignite program uses is interaction with horses to intensify participant’s awareness of self,” he said.

“The inclusion of motivational speakers and mentors in the program gives participants practical perspectives of leading in various health care roles, as well as motivating them for their future careers.”

Places for ignite are limited to 12 ECPs in 2014. Applications are open to those who:

  • Are PSA members
  • Are early career pharmacists (maximum 10 years post-registration)
  • Have a minimum of two years’ management experience.

Visit http://www.psa.org.au/education/leadership-program for an information booklet and application form.  Applications close November 15 2013.


7 October 2011


PSA’s annual Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC 2013) heads to Brisbane this week, showcasing the profession to delegates from all over Australia and many parts of the world at the Brisbane Convention Centre at South Bank.

While PAC 2013 will look at many of the challenges facing pharmacy today and in the future, the past has also not been forgotten.

From the ancient apothecaries to the chemists of our developing colonies through to the pharmacy dynasties that blazed the trail for today’s pharmacists, the lessons continued to be learned.

Well-known Brisbane pharmacist and historian, James Delahunty, and colleague John Shea will guide you through pharmacy’s Australian story, its personalities and its politics at 1.30pm on Saturday October 12.

From a Queensland pharmacy dynasty himself, James will also highlight the story of the local Haughton dynasty, how it is recognised by the community and how the present day pharmacy has transformed to its focus on professional services delivery. 

History does repeat itself and pharmacy is no exception to this rule as James and John will relate in what promises to be an entertaining and informative session for all.  

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.

The PAC13 program will present more than 56 hours of CPD - 11.5 Group 1 and

90 Group 2 credits - from which delegates will be able to select topics of their choice. Significantly for PAC13 delegates, there is a major focus on Group 2 credits which are available for most of the sessions.


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

4 October 2013


Great opportunities lie in the delivery of clinical interventions in pharmacies, but unfortunately many pharmacists still may not be maximising the potential this service offers.

PAC13 will present a special workshop laying the foundation for pharmacists to successfully perform, record and claim clinical interventions under the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Pharmacy Practice Incentives, even on, or especially on, the busiest of days in their pharmacy.

The barriers and enablers to conducting clinical interventions will be workshopped so participants learn from each other’s experiences, as well as sharing useful tips and suggestions.

The workshop will be facilitated by pharmacist Simon Carroll who aims to challenge delegates’ thinking, both clinically and practically, to help them maximise this professional activity which improves the quality use of medicines for patients and has 5CPA funding.

Mr Carroll is well-placed to lead this workshop, having been a pharmacist for 28 years, 15 of which were as an owner during which time he and his two partners bought six existing pharmacies and started three greenfield pharmacies. 

In 2004 he created a new brand for the pharmacies and continued to trade successfully until selling them all in late 2008.   

He completed a Master of Marketing (business) in 2010 and a Cert IV Training and Assessment in 2011.

Mr Carroll began full time work with the PSA in 2011 and is currently the PSA’s Senior Professional Practice Pharmacist, in which position he leads a team of pharmacists and project managers in developing PSA’s program resources. He has also specialised in presentations on clinical interventions and was closely involved in the development of clinical interventions CPD modules.

In addition he manages the PSA’s Pharmacy Support Program which involves pharmacist consultants working with community pharmacies to facilitate the introduction of professional services.

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


3 October 2013


Across most ethnic and age groupings, men are over-represented in measures of poor mental health including depression and suicide. 

This is a serious challenge not only for the men but for the families and communities they belong to, a challenge which will be addressed at PAC13 in a special workshop session on Sunday, 13 October 2013.

The Male mental health – sad blokes, understanding men and depression workshop will examine the particular characteristics of depression in men and how pharmacists, as health professionals, can be of support to a depressed male. 

The workshop will be presented by Barry Taylor who has worked in suicide prevention for 25 years at the local, national and international levels.

He is known especially for his lecturing, conference presentations and training work in mental health promotion, suicide risk assessment and postvention, men’s mental health, loss and grief, spirituality and well-being.

His workshop also will cover an overview of how depression and anxiety affects men and the social-cultural factors that influence a man’s decision to seek help. 

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.

PAC13 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 10-13 October 2013.

 Full three-day registrants will receive a free 7-inch, 4.1 android tablet containing the conference handbook and other features, as part of their conference satchel. They will also be eligible to win a PSAC VIP pack worth more than $2000 To register, go to psa.org.au/pac


2 October 2013


The National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, has been awarded the South Australian Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s highest honour for his work in pharmacy.

Mr Karachi was last night presented the Barry Schultz Medal for Excellence in Pharmacy by the Pharmacy Guild’s National President, Kos Sclavos.

Chief Executive Office of the PSA, Liesel Wett, said the honour was well deserved and reflected Mr Kardachi’s long-serving commitment to community pharmacy in South Australia, and indeed across Australia.

“Grant has led the way and his model is one which is looked up to by many pharmacists as the way to do business, and the way to uphold the highest standards and principles of the profession,” Ms Wett said.

“The award also reflects Grant’s untiring work in helping to develop and implement the Home Medicines Review program, a program which today is acknowledged as one of the most successful health programs in the country.

“On behalf of the PSA, our Board, the PSA and our 18,000 members, I congratulate the South Australia Pharmacy Guild for presenting this award and Grant on this outstanding recognition of an outstanding contribution to our profession and all those who are involved in it.”

Ms Wett said Mr Kardachi’s commitment continued to grow in his current position as PSA National President.

“Grant continues to be untiring in his devotion to the profession and he is committed to helping the profession evolve to meet the challenges and opportunities that our changing business and health environment present,” Ms Wett said.

 The award honours the late Barry Schultz, a former Guild leader, and marks the tremendous influence he had on all of those people with whom he had dealings with.

The Schultz medal is awarded annually to a SA-trained pharmacist who epitomises Mr Schultz’s love for the profession, his mentoring of young pharmacists and devotion to personal development and community service outside of the profession.


2 October 2013


A practical hands-on wound care guide for frontline health-care professionals has been developed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and will be released at the Society’s upcoming Congress in Brisbane.

The new Wound care in practice book contains full-colour illustrations and is a quick and easy reference to help assess and manage common wounds.

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said Wound care in practice had been developed after feedback from PSA members.

“Our members told us there was a gap in the market in this area and so we responded by developing and producing this very detailed and targeted reference work,” Mr Kardachi said.

Wound care in practice is an invaluable resource for frontline health-care professionals.

“Whether you work in a residential aged-care facility, community pharmacy, home-based community care or private practice, Wound care in practice has the information you need to provide optimal wound management services.”

Mr Kardachi said the new volume included practical information on dressing selection and was a convenient and quick reference to help health professionals effectively assess and manage a variety of common wound types.

“It includes step-by-step instructions for first aid and wound assessment and easy-to-follow treatment instructions, as well as information on when to refer for further treatment.”

Wound care in practice can purchased at the PSA stand at PAC13.  The cost is $45 for PSA members and $55 for non-members.

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


1 October 2013


The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia today announced it will in future nominate and sponsor international pharmacy students who are PSA members and who are seeking to continue and complete their studies in Australia in 2014 and 2015.

Under the scheme, the PSA will seek to nominate and sponsor students under the occupational trainee stream (Subclass 402 Visa).
It will mean that current international students now have options to complete their training and register as pharmacists.

The National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the decision highlighted PSA’s leadership role in helping to further the careers of PSA member pharmacy students.

“PSA introduced free membership for students and the decision to sponsor foreign students is a further example of our commitment to our members and to the profession,” Mr Kardachi said.

Mr Kardachi said that with the removal of pharmacists from the Skilled Occupation List from 1 July 2013, a number of international pharmacy students were no longer able to access a Subclass 485 Visa which enabled them to complete their studies and register as pharmacists in Australia.

“There are more than 600 international pharmacy students affected by this change,” Mr Kardachi said.

 “As the peak professional body for pharmacists, the PSA will provide support to affected students to enable them to remain and complete their pharmacy internship and gain registration as a pharmacist in Australia.

“They can then to return to their country of origin to use these skills to pursue their careers.

PSA has been approved as a Training and Research sponsor with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

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