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Publication Date 03/10/2013         Volume. 5 No. 9   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Welcome to the October homepage edition of i2P - Information to Pharmacists.
Well it seems that change in pharmacy will be continuous and will come from unexpected quarters each time it strikes.
The only way pharmacy can survive this continuous change is to either embrace it with a strong new business plan, sell out or amalgamate with partners who see strength in a strategic partnership.

And while many pharmacists are finding the key to successfully selling clinical services, the lead time to bring a single service on line may be too long to make a suitable financial contribution.
Coupled with the fact that the AMA will fight tooth and nail to prevent pharmacy making any inroads whatsoever, the time has come to take them on.
Vaccination services could be the first disputed service as the AMA has already voiced strong opposition to the possibility of pharmacists providing these services.

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Newsflash Updates for October 2013

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Regular weekly updates that supplement the regular monthly homepage edition of i2P. 
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Feature Contribution

A new era for American pharmacies has begun

Fiona Sartoretto Verna AIAPP

The birth of the first drugstore in 1929 in the USA represented a big revolution for that time: an innovative store design, a new concept of retail store, fair pricing and a wide exposition of products. 84 years have passed by and nothing has changed in the today’s American pharmacies, with the exception of the most important factor: the customers!In fact, while the new technologies, the computers and the smart phones have created far more attentive, curious, and informed customers, the drugstores and the American pharmacies remained the same: big, wide exposition of products in low gondola shelving without any customer service or help during the buy.

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Access all Areas - Is This a Positive for Pharmacy?

Neil Johnston

That pharmacy is in need of a renewal process is not in dispute.
That every man and his dog become instant pharmacy experts when a debate on pharmacy is opened is an expected phenomenon.
And when it is perceived that the "experts" have little knowledge of pharmacy but want to reduce pharmacists' incomes (already and constantly under siege), without engaging the range of aspirations pharmacists already hold, they wonder why it suddenly becomes a non-event.
If a discussion paper emerged that had genuine pharmacist input I would think that most pharmacists would participate in discussion of it.
In other words don't insult our intelligence by placing us in a pecking order that is uninspiring or menial in its approach.
But do approach us with intelligent conversation that has no hidden agendas and is honest in its approach, and do not try to impose your view of the pharmacist's role from your limited perspective.
Then we can all get on with some form of positive collaboration.

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CHF Responds to Article

Neil Johnston

The Consumer Health Forum has responded to a recent i2P article on the resignation of Carol Bennett.
The article can be found at:
http://www.i2p.com.au/article/consumers-health-forum-ceo-announces-resignation

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A Misplaced Medical Judgement

Mark Coleman

Approximately two weeks ago a Dr David Smith published an opinion piece in an online medical publication that was very derogatory towards pharmacy's professionalism.
It is one of many articles that seem to be "planted" in unison with other articles or events.
For example, the release of a Grattan Institute paper titled "Access All Areas", hinting at an expanded role for pharmacists in primary health care.
The article was authored by Dr David Smith who describes himself as "a GP and a consultant in clinical and corporate ethics".
Smith's comments are certainly a bit rich when you consider that pharmacy has always been involved with primary health care and when you further consider his client base he loses all credibility.

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A “new way” for PBS supply to all Australians – ANAO told

Rollo Manning

In a submission to the Australian National Audit Office review of the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement, Pharmacist and PR Consultant Rollo Manning has advocated for a “new way” of supplying Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines and services to Australian Taxpayers that will:

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Researcher Gains Funding

Judy Wilyman

Editor's Note: Judy Wilyman is a dedicated researcher working her way towards a doctorate in science.
Her research concerns vaccinations but mention the word vaccination, and suddenly the board lights up with what I call "the Skeptic Lunatic Fringe" who spring into action and attack anything that detracts from their "party line".
They will throw out statements like "proven to be discredited" and "not evidence-based"like confetti in the breeze.
The irony of their efforts is that their own statements are not evidence-based, nor are the people involved qualified in any medical discipline. Some statements border on defamation, while others are just outright lies.
One critic making comment on i2P calls himself a doctor.
He is entitled to do, but he is not a medical doctor, having earned his doctorate in another discipline.
Add deception for the lunatic fringe as well.

i2P would like to congratulate Judy on receiving funding to present her current research at the 3rd World Congress on Cancer Science and Therapy to be held in San Franciso in October 2013.
It may prove to be an important wake up call to governments (including the Australian government) who promote and subsidise this form of treatment.

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REGROUP, RE - GROWTH - The dawning of a new reality.

Barry Urquhart

There is an increasing awakening among business owners - big, small and micro - that the consequences of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), the end of the capital expenditure mining boom and the debt dilemmas of Europe have included unintended, undocumented and non defined changes in business cultures, philosophies, policies and practices.
Customer service standards, relationships and instances of referrals have all been adversely affected

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Eight Key Factors That Will Maximise the Value of Your Business

Chris Foster

One of the major reasons why you start and build or buy a business is to be able to sell it at some time in the future for a profit.
What are the factors that will maximise your selling price?
It's really important to understand this early so that you can put in place the necessary systems to ensure that you build a business that is saleable.

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Acute low back pain - does anything help?

Loretta Marron OAM BSc

Most of us experience low back pain (LBP). When it persists, we look for ways to alleviate it. In Australia, back problems are the most frequently seen musculoskeletal condition by General Practitioners (GPs) and the seventh most common reason for seeking care. National guidelines from the UK suggest that patients should try acupuncture, manual therapy or an exercise program. A range of medical devices are promoted for pain relief. Are they all placebo treatments or do some work?

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Ex-Patient and a Consultant in Pharmacy Automation

Mark Neuenschwander

My name is Mark Neuenschwander. I have been a patient and I am a consultant in the field of pharmacy automation.
It was 27 years ago that Wrigley's opened the door by putting a barcode on a pack of chewing gum. It was really a statement of faith because grocery stores and drugstores didn't have scanners.  But their faith was not in vain.  Within a decade, virtually every item on the shelves of those drugstores and supermarkets had a barcode, and the vast majority of checkout stands were equipped with scanners to read them.

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Learning business and life lessons at the Farm

Harvey Mackay

I’ve always been a city boy – I can’t even coax a weed to grow.
But I discovered a national treasure, practically in my own back yard, which makes me wish my thumbs were greener.

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AMA Predictably Reacts to Grattan Institute Primary Care Plan

Neil Johnston

It was predictable that Steve Hambledon, AMA president, would be negative to the primary health care solutions as proposed in the Grattan Report published recently.
In my response to the paper Access All Areas co-authored by Stephen Duckett, I pointed out that having pharmacists involved in areas of diagnosis and prescribing produces an extreme response from the AMA plus inferred derogatory comments relating to pharmacy.
As I said in my response, pharmacists are fed up with the medical profession.

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AWARENESS? WHAT AWARENESS?

Staff Researcher

Editor's Note: Recently, in my own home town, the Cancer Council organisation decided to change location to a new office approximately 45 minutes away. The office was  well fitted out with quality furniture and computer equipment, plus miscellaneous office items that included filing cabinets, shredders and photocopiers.
The surprised incoming tenant (an allied health professional) was told that she was now the proud owner of all these assets free of charge so that the Cancer Council could avoid the problems and costs of cartage and storage of the above items.
The value of all the items was estimated at around $25,000.
Needless to say the offer was gratefully accepted but I personally, no longer donate to Cancer Council charity programs.

It seems that in different forms, this phenomenon may be global.


OHMS Newsletter October 11, 2013.
Commentary by Ralph Campbell M.D.
Recently, our local paper promoted a 3K walk/run for "a cure for heart disease" with photos of participants of all sizes and shapes.
For enjoying the camaraderie and the feeling of sacrifice for a good cause, the participants paid a $25 entry fee that went to the American Heart Association (AHA) to promote awareness.

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3D Printing Will Change the Face of Medicine and Pharmacy

Neil Johnston

Pharmacy could be on the verge of a very exciting and rewarding professional pathway with some useful research being conducted in Scotland where 3D printing technology is being married up with stem cells and genomics to produce your own tissue for personalised drug testing and then modifying your drug to create a smooth journey through any lifestyle disorder anticipated in your genes.
The printing technology is cheap.
To create a professional business opportunity, all you are required to do is prepare yourself over the next five years by absorbing suitable education and plotting some medium term investment.
i2P believes that this technology is so important that pharmacy leadership groups should begin immediately to seize the high ground for this issue and not let the opportunities slip away to other health practitioners.
It will be one of the best opportunities to have a "hands-on" participation at the centre of primary health services.

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Health insurance start-up secures VC funding

Staff Writer

Editor's Note: We have previously highlighted Covad Health Insurance as a product pharmacists should consider supporting.
Health insurance has always had a natural fit with pharmacy and there is no doubt that if pharmacists get behind this product, it will be a major success.
The income stream available as commissions on premiums would be a welcome addition in these times of difficulty in achieving financial stability and well-being.
i2P believes that this could also represent an opportunity for a health insurance business to advocate for, and champion, pharmacy clinical services and develop a real working partnership.
That might represent a promising future for both sides of the relationship equation.

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Mental Health Week – pharmacists looking after pharmacists

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

Editor's Note: It is becoming quite noticeable that business confidence has depleted in pharmacy ranks since economic environments have become tougher.
Poor leadership has also made a contribution.
As conditions for pharmacy employers and employees tighten, stress-related illness begins to emerge as everyone adjusts to the new economic uncertainties.
Depression is the outcome of prolonged stress and anxiety.

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Baby's Neck Not Broken by a Chiropractor

Mark Coleman

Recently, newspaper reports have surfaced relating to an incident involving the chiropractic treatment of a young child.
It was reported that a four-month-old Melbourne baby sustained a fracture to the upper cervical vertebra following an adjustment
In both Sydney and Melbourne papers, an allegation was made that a Chiropractor broke the baby’s neck. The CAA issued a release to all media outlets in all States within hours of the publication rejecting the allegation.
The allegation was subsequently investigated by AHPRA. No finding of inappropriate treatment was made. No finding was made that any treatment performed by the Chiropractor caused a fracture as alleged.

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Professional Pharmacists Pay Tribute to Carol Bennett

Professional Pharmacists Australia Spokesperson

Professional Pharmacists Australia today congratulated Carol Bennett on her time as the CEO of the Community Health Forum, wishing her all the best in her future endeavours.

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Observations on implementing pharmacy clinical services

Peter Sayers

It’s not easy implementing a clinical service program and success is related as to how close the service offered is to traditional dispensing and counselllng services.
Also how long a pharmacist has personally known a patient and how trusted the relationship is with that particular patient.
It shows how much pharmacists have collectively fallen down, because I have found strong relationships are sparse in my own world, and those of my colleagues.
Any attempt to fast-track a relationship is viewed with suspicion and apparent mistrust.
So it’s the long haul that has to be put in place first and forward pharmacy has to be implemented and seen to be in place, well before a new service is able to be sold.

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3D Printing Will be Disruptive for Vaccine Manufacturers

Staff Writer

Editor's Comment: What pharmacy leadership organisation has the role of actually driving pharmacy practice?
The number of real opportunities (including that of 3D printing as illustrated in the following article) are multiplying as new disruptive technologies emerge.
3D printing represents the ultimate in drug compounding and pharmacy needs to be front and centre here.
How can these technologies be harnessed and absorbed into some form of future pharmacy strategy
that could really advance the profession of pharmacy instead of perpetually "running on the spot"?
Surely there is some sort of practice research going on?

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Turning plastic bags into high-tech materials

Staff Researcher

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags into a high-tech nanomaterial.
The innovative nanotechnology uses non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags to make 'carbon nanotube membranes' ? highly sophisticated and expensive materials with a variety of potential advanced applications including filtration, sensing, energy storage and a range of biomedical innovations.

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Research shows huge potential of sweet sorghum as a multi-product crop

Staff Researcher

A new Australian-based research study into sweet sorghum has shown the huge potential of the crop as a single source of energy, food and animal feed.
Sweet sorghum is receiving significant global interest because of its potential as a multi-product crop, however there has been minimal research under Australian growing conditions or using Australian processing facilities, until now.

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Converting Hand-Written Notes to Digital Notes

Staff Writer

Pharmacists have always been notorious for their penchant for leaving "sticky" notes attached to dispensing benches, cash registers and various other places. While efficient for the moment, long-term display of old notes looks very untidy and eventually deteriorates to inefficiency.
The cloud-based productivity tool, Evernote, (which I believe is a pharmacy essential) has extended its reach into another important branch of note-taking through a partnership with the classic 3M Post-It Notes. In a move similar to the Evernote Moleskine notebook, which was released last year, the note-taking and organization software company is blurring the line between digital and analog again, enabling users to preserve their real-world jottings and access them from anywhere.

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Common Symptom Guide - Android App Review

Staff Writer

Purpose of App Review

 * to review the utility of Common Symptom Guide App for a clinician
 * to evaluate the medical evidence this App uses

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Pharmacist Scope-of-Practice Bill Now Law

Staff Writer

Editor's Note:
The world's legislator's are finally waking up and discovering a very useful and economic health worker called a pharmacist.
Continually overlooked because of medical lobbying, it looks as though medicos are finally pricing themselves out of business.
Initiated in California, a new bill allowing a wider scope of practice in primary health care has been passed and is likely to spread throughout the US and most western economies.
I have often commented in i2P that pharmacists started to become invisible in primary health care around the year2000, and despite energetic lobbying by pharmacy leadership groups, the debate seemed to be consigned to oblivion.
The wheel is turning finally and we may yet see an energetic and useful health system evolve from pharmacy ranks.

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Consumers Health Forum CEO announces resignation

Staff Writer

As a sometimes controversial figure to some leadership segments of pharmacy, Carol Bennett attempted to inflict change upon pharmacy that was not always well-founded.
She co-opted two other partner organisations to assist, both known to be anti-pharmacy in sentiment.
A petition was organised by the CHF to promote their point of view, but it was a dismal failure beside the Pharmacy Guild petition promoting a somewhat opposite view (over 1 million signatures).
On top of this, early enquiries by pharmacists wishing to join the CHF uncovered the fact that the CHF was not a representative forum for individual consumers at all, but an aggregate of large associations and businesses whose interests would not necessarily reflect those of individual consumers.

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SHPA thanks Carol Bennett

Staff Writer

By Suzanne Newman

SHPA is sad to learn that Carol Bennett has resigned as CEO of the Consumers Health Forum.
SHPA has enjoyed a good working relationship with Carol and has valued her leadership and advocacy for health consumers.

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International digital media expert Jye Smith to guide industry on navigating social media at ASMI’s 2013 Conference

Marie Kelly-Davies

With social media reaching into every aspect of Australian lives, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has secured international expert Jye Smith to present key insights on “Social Media and the Healthcare Consumer” at its annual conference in Sydney on Thursday 14 November.

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Good bone health relies on calcium and vitamin D working in combination

Marie Kelly-Davies

The systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of vitamin D supplements on bone mineral density conducted by the University of Auckland should not discourage Australians from taking a preventative approach to osteoporosis, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) said today.

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Herbal medicines sold legally in Australia assured of high quality

Marie Kelly-Davies

Consumers can continue to have confidence in the quality and safety of complementary medicines (herbal medicines, nutritional and dietary supplements) that are legally sold in Australia, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has today advised.

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Advancing Complementary Medicines in Australia: International regulatory expert Michael Smith to share insights at ASMI Conferen

Marie Kelly-Davies

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) will leverage the international experience of pharmacist and licenced naturopathic practitioner Michael Smith at this year’s conference to explore the evolving role of complementary medicines in preventative health.
In Australia, vitamins, mineral and supplements (known as complementary medicines) represent the largest and fastest growing segment in the non-prescription sector, with two-thirds of Australians taking them regularly to optimise their health and wellbeing.1

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3D Printing Will be Disruptive for Vaccine Manufacturers

Staff Writer

Editor's Comment: What pharmacy leadership organisation has the role of actually driving pharmacy practice?
The number of real opportunities (including that of 3D printing as illustrated in the following article) are multiplying as new disruptive technologies emerge.
3D printing represents the ultimate in drug compounding and pharmacy needs to be front and centre here.
How can these technologies be harnessed and absorbed into some form of future pharmacy strategy
that could really advance the profession of pharmacy instead of perpetually "running on the spot"?
Surely there is some sort of practice research going on?

Comments: 3

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Primary Health Care and Pharmacy Clinical Services

Neil Johnston

Editor’s Note:

Pharmacy leaders, academics and education providers have suddenly become alert and attentive to a paper recently released by the Grattan Institute.
Although I personally remain cynical as to where the recommendations within that paper (titled Access All Areas ) will take pharmacy, nonetheless it has created a spark of activity across an otherwise bleak landscape.

Governments have long squandered opportunities that have been available to them through the profession of pharmacy.
This has probably come about because of the top heavy list of advisers drawn from the medical profession over a long period of time.

Could this be a signal that policies may finally be changing to embrace the potential that pharmacists could be unleashed over the primary health care community.

I have asked Mark Coleman to comment on the following  Pharmacy News media report item that contains a response from both the PSA and the PGA.

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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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