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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 September 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 0r 0n mobile 0487 922 176.

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30 September 2013
PHARMACISTS WELCOME REPORT HIGHLIGHTING NEEDTO BETTER UTILISE THEIR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

A report by the Grattan Institute which highlights the critical and immediate role that pharmacists can play in relieving rural doctor shortages has been welcomed by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. 

The report, Access all areas: New solutions for GP shortages in rural Australia, authored by  Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon, says the number of GP services per person in the lowest-access rural areas is less than half that of the major cities in Australia.

“When people can’t see a GP, they get sick with conditions that could be prevented,” the report says.

It goes on to state: “By using pharmacists’ skills better, and by introducing physician assistants, the primary care gap in the lowest-access rural areas can be filled in only five years.”

National President of the PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the report reinforced the message the PSA had been advocating for many years – that pharmacists must be more fully integrated into the health system as a whole.

“Quite simply, pharmacists’ skills and knowledge in medication management are greatly underutilised and PSA has developed a number of strategies and proposals to address this situation,” Mr Kardachi said. 

“Pharmacists can provide a wide range of professional services - working in collaboration with others - which can assist doctors and relieve pressure across the whole health sector, and importantly improve health outcomes and ease cost pressures on the health system.

“For too long, governments of all persuasions have been reluctant to change the system, while at the same time acknowledging that without change the system is in danger of not being able to meet the demands put on it.”

Mr Kardachi said the Grattan Institute report underscored that now was the time to act to ensure that Australia’s health system remained viable and sustainable. 

“We have severe doctor shortages in many rural and regional areas, areas where there is often a pharmacist with the skills and knowledge to help resolve minor ailments that patients may present with.  Further, there are a range of professional services, including medication management, that a pharmacist can provide to ensure better health outcomes for the community,” Mr Kardachi said.

“The PSA looks forward to working with the new Coalition Government to facilitate the speedy introduction of greater pharmacist involvement to improve access to health services in rural and remote areas, and indeed across the whole country.”

 

30 September 2013
CONSUMER’S PERSPECTIVE OF LIVING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
 

Mental health is a growing challenge for Australia’s healthcare sector, and pharmacists are uniquely placed to play a greater role in helping patients with mental health issues. 

The statistics paint the overall picture of mental health in Australia: 1 in 5 Australians will experience mental illness in any year; almost half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime; and mental disorders are the leading cause of disability burden in Australia. 

But what is it actually like to live with mental illness, juggling the challenges of self-management and seeking appropriate support?

Delegates at PAC13 will be given an insight into the consumer’s perspective when Stephanie Frazer draws the audience into her mind and paints a personal picture of the reality of living with mental illness. 

Through sharing her artwork and journal writing, Ms Frazer will introduce the concept of the ‘negative mind’ and its significance in understanding her depression. 

Through openly sharing her story, Ms Frazer aims to allow the audience to connect on an emotional level, facilitating increased insight into the personal meaning of mental illness. 

She hopes to foster a deeper understanding of mental illness beyond the surface level of general awareness and statistics.  This helps to promote greater sensitivity and enhance care in both professional and personal situations.

Her not-to-be-missed session will be held on Friday afternoon, 11 October 2013,

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. To    register, go to psa.org.au/pac

 

27 September 2013
WIN A PAC VIP PASS VALUED AT MORE THAN $2000

We’ve saved the best offer till last and now PSA can announce that one lucky full three-day delegate to PAC13 in Brisbane will win the PAC VIP Pass worth more than $2000.

This is in addition to the free seven-inch tablet they receive for registering for the three days of Australia’s premier pharmacy conference. 

PSA Chief Executive Officer Liesel Wett said the competition was open to all full three-day registrants.

“This is a really exciting competition, and one which offers the winner so much to add to the already great PAC experience,” Ms Wett said.

“This year one lucky three-day delegate will win a VIP pass to PAC, enjoying the latest in clinical and practical pharmacy education as well as a VIP pass to all conference social events.

“To top it all off the winner will receive a voucher for $500 to cover travel or other expenses.

“When the business  and fun of PAC is all over , they will take home a $500 PSA education voucher to put towards ongoing professional development – professional development which is mandatory for continuing registration.”

Ms Wett said three-day registrants only had to answer a simple question to go in the draw for the VIP PAC Pass.

“We know that PAC provides the best pharmacy conference experience in Australia and with the chance to win the VIP Pass, that experience will be elevated to new heights,” Ms Wett said. 

Entering is easy: Full registrants simply need to email the theme of PAC13 to pac.13@psa.org.au

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

 

24 September 2013
PHARMACISTS – SIMPLIFYING YOUR MEDICINES’ USE, NO MATTER HOW COMPLEX.

World Pharmacist Day 25 September 2013 

Change is sweeping pharmacy and healthcare on a global scale.

A new era of healthcare development brings with it much hope.  As more solutions become available to patients, pharmacists can help with their ever more complex care.

The understanding and treatment of human diseases is complicated and challenging because patients themselves are complex.

This complexity derives from many factors – including but not limited to those of biological, medical, behavioural and social natures.

Pharmacists help patients take their medications in a timely and appropriate manner to ensure that they receive the full benefit of therapy.

In Australia, Pharmacists are the most accessible health professional to the public, and are in a prime position to optimise patient care through treatment advice, health promotion and consumer education.

As part of the international celebration of the valuable contributions of pharmacists to the public, pharmacy students from all pharmacy schools in Victoria will be handing out consumer health information leaflets in Melbourne CBD and Bendigo city on World Pharmacist Day tomorrow (25 September)

PSA Victorian Branch President Michelle Lynch said that this is an excellent opportunity for the future generation of Pharmacists to show the public how much we care about their health and how Pharmacists can be involved in managing their health.

She thanked the students from Monash, La Trobe and RMIT Universities and their respective staff and student bodies for participating in this event. 

“The public has strong faith in pharmacists to help them manage their health,” she said.

“The World Pharmacist Day is a reminder to everyone that pharmacists are here to improve the health of the public.

“Everyone should see your pharmacist for better health.”

 

September 24 2013
CANBERRANS GET CHANCE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR PHARMACIST
 

Canberra’s bus travellers will tomorrow be given a unique opportunity to learn more about their health and the great work pharmacists are doing to help improve the health of all our community.

As part of World Pharmacist Day, pharmacy students from the University of Canberra will be at the Canberra Bus Interchange to talk to consumers about all the services pharmacists provide in addition to dispensing medicines.

The students, each group supervised by a registered pharmacist, will also be handing out Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Self Care Fact Cards which provide information on a wide range of conditions and how consumers can identify, manage and treat them with the help of their community pharmacists.

The students from the Canberra Student Pharmacy Association (CaSPA) will hand out Self Care Fact Cards covering:

 

  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hay Fever
  • Exercise and the Heart
  • Headache
  • Pain Relievers
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Fat and Cholesterol

 

They will also be available to answer questions about just what it is pharmacists now do and how the role of community pharmacists is changing.

ACT President of the PSA, Associate Professor Greg Kyle, said the event was exciting and would show the general public a side of pharmacy many do not know exists. 

“The community pharmacy is a lot more than a place where you go to get medicines,” he said.

“It is now a health destination where consumers can walk in off the street without an appointment and receive professional and expert advice and counselling. I think many people will be surprised when they get one of the Fact Cards to see just how much more their local pharmacist can offer.” 

The students will be at the interchange from 11am-1pm and you won’t be able to miss them   – they will be wearing shirts emblazoned with the motto: See your pharmacist for better health

 

24 September 2013
PAC13 PRESENTS FOCUSSED CPD OPPORTUNITIES FOR DELEGATES
 

PAC13 will give 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.

National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said PAC13 was shaping up to be one of the best PAC events held and a major feature was the changes in the way CPD will be delivered.

“This year we have introduced a format under which clinical information will also be supported with a session on how to implement that clinical knowledge into your everyday pharmacy practice,” Mr Kardachi said.

“In addition, we are introducing consumers to present their perspectives. There is a broad expectation that the profession needs to become more outcome focussed and pharmacists must embrace this reality as we move into the future.  Working more closely with consumers must be a focus going forward.

“Workshops are an integral part of the PAC program and this year we have devoted the Sunday program to workshops, making it easier for delegates to plan their attendance and ensure they can register for the workshops most relevant to their individual practice.

“Pharmacists’ future role in minor ailments, a focus on cardio vascular disease as well as male mental health issues are all options 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.”

Full program information, CPD allocation and online registration are available at www.psa.org.au/pac

 

20 September 2013
PHARMACY STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION A HIGHLIGHT

One of the highlights of PAC is the annual Pharmacy Student of the Year competition finals, an event which sees the best student pharmacists from each state and territory vie for the national title.

This year the finals will be held on Friday with the winners – the judges’ choice and the people’s choice – announced during the Gala Dinner on Saturday night.

National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said that the Pharmacy Student of the Year Awards, which were initially launched at PAC in 2004, were a highlight of the Congress.

“The Pharmacy Student of the Year award showcases the skills and abilities of some of our outstanding pharmacy students to the pharmacy profession while also giving students a chance to apply that knowledge in a practical sense and be on judged on it,” Mr Kardachi said.

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

This year’s finalists are:

 

  • 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 is being jointly sponsored by Alphapharm and API.

 

18 September 2013
INAUGURAL PSA TASMANIAN PHARMACIST OF THE YEAR 2013 AWARDED TO RACHEL DIENAAR

Rachel Dienaar has been announced as the inaugural PSA Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year 2013 for her outstanding contribution to the pharmacy profession.

Rachel’s professional activities are wide and varied, incorporating community pharmacy, research, delivery of professional development and facilitating the implementation of professional services. 

In her roles assisting pharmacies to facilitate change in their practice, in the delivery of professional development, in the mentoring of interns, and in her involvement with university undergraduates, she demonstrates a love for the profession that is infectious.

On top of her ongoing excellence in professional pharmacy activities, in 2013 Rachel made one very specific contribution to the Tasmanian community when she was the pharmacist on duty at Tasman Pharmacy on January 4, 2013, when the bushfires took hold and began their rapid advance down the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas.

Within hours of the day beginning, the pharmacy lost all electricity, and the only road to the region was cut.  Rachel quickly communicated with the GPs to determine what she could deal with autonomously and what would require further GP contact. She put in place structures to ensure that people with immediate care issues were given priority, and started systematic paper-based recording of sales and dispensing.  She was the epitome of calm in the middle of the crisis that was going on all around the Peninsula. 

According to Tasmanian President Dr Shane Jackson, “Rachel managed all requests from consumers with a composed professionalism that most other pharmacists can only aspire to, but could certainly learn from.”

“Waiting times for scripts were over an hour long, yet no one complained and everyone I spoke with on the day was thoroughly impressed with the care and attention that Rachel gave to them” according to Tasmanian Vice President, Dr Ella Van Tienen, who was one of over 5,000 holiday makers visiting the region and also found herself stranded.

Rachel's activities during the January fires, coupled with her ongoing, passionate contributions to the pharmacy profession, make her very deserving to be named Tasmanian Pharmacist of the Year 2013 at the Tasmanian Clinical Weekend on Saturday.

 

16 September 2013
PSA WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF ABBOTT GOVERNMENT MINISTERS

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has welcomed the appointment of Hon Peter Dutton as Minister for Health and Senator Fiona Nash as Assistant Minister for Health.

National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi, said the appointments reflected the Coalition Government’s commitment to the health sector and would be welcomed by pharmacists across the country.

“The PSA has worked with Mr Dutton when he was Opposition Health Spokesman and it is clear he is committed to the portfolio and brings to it a wealth of experience as well as a range of ideas and initiatives,” Mr Kardachi said.

“These, combined with the vital services that pharmacists play in dispensing and supplying essential medicines - as  well as the extended professional services - for the community, particularly consumers with chronic diseases, can lead to a better and more effective health system.

“Optimising the management of long-term conditions through quality use of medicines has been shown to reduce or delay the incidence of hospitalisation in patients with chronic diseases and to reduce the need for and spending on expensive hospital admissions and medical services.

“Mr Dutton has always displayed great interest in the wide range of skills pharmacists possess and how these skills can be better utilised in providing improved health outcomes for the community while also helping to ensure we have a viable and sustainable health system in this country.

“Mr Dutton of course faces pragmatic considerations in the form of budgetary constraints but the PSA looks forward to working closely with him to show how the more effective use of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge can help meet the reform agenda.”

Mr Kardachi said the appointment of Senator Nash as Assistant Minister for Health brought a rural and regional perspective  to the critical area of health.

PSA had presented submissions on many mays in which pharmacists can greatly assist in the management and treatment of patients with chronic conditions.

“We look forward to further discussing these with Mr Dutton and Senator Nash,” Mr Kardachi said.

“We have also developed policies and strategies to help improve the health outcomes of the rapidly growing ageing population, people with mental health conditions and those suffering from many other health conditions.

“PSA’s policies and strategies can greatly assist the Government meet its targets while also improving the wellbeing of the older members of our community.”

Mr Kardachi said PSA would seek early meetings with both Ministers to discuss ways to fully utilise the skills of pharmacists across the health sector.

 

16 September 2013
DRUGS IN SPORT AND THE PHARMACIST’S ROLE 

Athletes are prohibited from using a selected range of methods and drugs (substances and medicines) in - and out of - competition.

The prohibited substances (and practices) are detailed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and implemented in Australia by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).

While there is a media focus on “testing positive” athletes can be sanctioned on eight anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) that incur a penalty.

Pharmacists have a key role in supporting athletes in maintaining their health, aiding recovery and providing essential information about the quality use of medicines in the context of their engagement with sport.

At PAC 13, Sydney University’s Andrew McLachlan will present on the subject of Drugs in Sport, highlighting that pharmacists should also know that athletes who are required to use medicines for selected medical conditions are able to obtain a therapeutic use exemption under certain circumstances.

The presentation will also examine how medicines literacy is a critical aspect for athletes including an understanding of the nature, safety, quality and status of supplements and substances purchased from a variety of sources.

Professor McLachlan   is a pharmacist, academic, teacher and researcher with experience in clinical and experimental pharmacology and research into the quality use of medicines.

He is Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care) in the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney based at Concord Hospital. His research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of variability in response to medicines and how this informs the quality use of medicines.

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. To register, go to psa.org.au/pac

 

13 September  2013
PSA CONGRATULATES UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA PHARMACY STUDENTS HONOURED FOR THEIR WORK

Two University of Canberra pharmacy students have been honoured for their work through PSA-sponsored prizes.

Brooke Maree Townsend won the Gold Medal Award which is presented to the best overall student undertaking the Master of Pharmacy by Coursework degree with a minimum of a distinction over the entire course.

Tessa Alice Lane won the Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Prize which is awarded to the most outstanding second-year student undertaking the Master of Pharmacy by Coursework degree.

The PSA ACT Branch congratulated both winners on their outstanding achievements.

ACT Branch Director Caroline Khalil said the standard of students eligible for the awards this year had been exemplary.

‘We are proud to sponsor these awards and particularly so when we see the incredible standard of young pharmacists coming through the university,’ Ms Khalil said.

‘The skills and knowledge they display already, plus their commitment and enthusiasm, are clear indicators that the future of the profession is in good hands.

‘I congratulate the winners but also all the UC pharmacy students who are displaying such excellence in their studies and who are great ambassadors for both the university and their chosen career.’

 

13 September 2013
PAC13 HIGHLIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH ADVANCED PRACTICE

The benefits to pharmacists of pushing practice forward through maximising advanced practice opportunities will be canvassed by leading academic pharmacist, Professor Lisa Nissen, at PAC13 in Brisbane next month.

Professor Nissen will examine what career and practice opportunities may arise from advanced practice and what this may mean for pharmacists as they face the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Professor Nissen is well placed to address this topic and provide guidance for pharmacists seeking to boost their career and practices.

She is Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology and has 20 years’ experience, having worked in hospital and community pharmacy in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Her research focuses on the Quality Use of Medicines in the wider community and the expansion of roles for pharmacists, including development of pharmacy practice into other cognitive service delivery areas such as sleep, pain management and pharmacist prescribing.

Professor Nissen’s specific clinical interest is in the management of chronic pain and she is highly regarded as an experienced pharmacy practitioner, researcher and educator.   

She is a strong believer in the benefits of multidisciplinary healthcare teams in the care of patients in the community and this passion for multidisciplinary care is carried into the classroom with a commitment to the development and implementation of innovative multi-professional education for health students. In recognition of her teaching contributions she was awarded an ALTC Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008.

Professor Nissen is a well-respected and high-profile member of the Australian pharmacy community representing the pharmacy profession across many areas of the health sector. As an acknowledgement of this role she was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2002 and Pharmacist of the Year in 2008.

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. To    register, go to psa.org.au/pac

 

3 September 2013
PAC13 HIGHLIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH ADVANCED PRACTICE

The benefits to pharmacists of pushing practice forward through maximising advanced practice opportunities will be canvassed by leading academic pharmacist, Professor Lisa Nissen, at PAC13 in Brisbane next month.

Professor Nissen will examine what career and practice opportunities may arise from advanced practice and what this may mean for pharmacists as they face the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Professor Nissen is well placed to address this topic and provide guidance for pharmacists seeking to boost their career and practices.

She is Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology and has 20 years’ experience, having worked in hospital and community pharmacy in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Her research focuses on the Quality Use of Medicines in the wider community and the expansion of roles for pharmacists, including development of pharmacy practice into other cognitive service delivery areas such as sleep, pain management and pharmacist prescribing.

Professor Nissen’s specific clinical interest is in the management of chronic pain and she is highly regarded as an experienced pharmacy practitioner, researcher and educator.   

She is a strong believer in the benefits of multidisciplinary healthcare teams in the care of patients in the community and this passion for multidisciplinary care is carried into the classroom with a commitment to the development and implementation of innovative multi-professional education for health students. In recognition of her teaching contributions she was awarded an ALTC Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008.

Professor Nissen is a well-respected and high-profile member of the Australian pharmacy community representing the pharmacy profession across many areas of the health sector. As an acknowledgement of this role she was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2002 and Pharmacist of the Year in 2008.

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. To    register, go to psa.org.au/pac

 

 

9 September 2013
MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS FOR EARLY CAREER PHARMACISTS

Early career pharmacists will get a unique opportunity to hear one of Australia’s leading motivational speakers, Ben Angel, join leading pharmacy figure Rhonda   White to address them on the topic of You and Your Career at PAC 13 in Brisbane this year.

The session will be one of a series of presentations providing practical skills’ development for early career pharmacists. These sessions will provide essential advice about how early career pharmacists can stand out amongst the crowd and grow their professional and business careers.

Mr Angel, known as the ‘Agent of Influence’, is renowned for revealing step-by-step strategies for becoming more influential in your career.

He has a unique style of marketing, profile building, personal branding and self mastery based on proven techniques.

Mr Angel says these techniques can be applied in every area of a person’s life to transform their profits, themselves and their teams into peak performers.

As a professional speaker and personal branding specialist he has delivered presentations for Toyota, Australia Post, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Rebel Sport, Origin Energy and Action International.

Rhonda White is a co-founder of the Terry White Chemists Group and has been integral to the success of the brand.

Her visionary skills in developing the systems and disciplines for the brand, commitment to the development of professional services combined with exceptional business skills have proven a critical ingredient in growing the franchise network to its current position of more than 160 pharmacies in all states, employing some 4500 staff with a turnover of $1 billion.

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. To    register, go to psa.org.au/pac

 

6 September 2013
PAC13’S GLOBAL APPEAL CONFIRMED

PAC’s global appeal has been confirmed with registrations already being received for delegates from eight overseas destinations.

Delegates will come from the United Kingdom, Qatar, China, Nigeria, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the United States to attend Australia’s premier pharmacy conference.

PAC 13’s theme of ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice is resonating with members of the pharmacy profession worldwide.

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  will look at how 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.

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.

PAC’s international appeal is underscored through the agreement of Professor Zubin Austin of the University of Toronto in Canada to be a keynote speaker.

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, who will speak on the topic of One Interesting Profession Globally, has also received awards for his research from national and international organisations.

He 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.

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

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