s PSA Media ReleasesOctober 2010 | I2P: Information to Pharmacists - Archive
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 ReleasesOctober 2010

Peter Waterman

articles by this author...

Keeping you up to date with PSA activities.

Information made available from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia by Peter Waterman.
Peter Waterman is the Public Affairs Manager for the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
He may be contacted by telephone (02)62834782, or on mobile phone 0419 260 827

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30 October 2010

PSA STAFF NOTCH UP 10,000KM in WALK-A-THON

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia staff across the country have walked the equivalent of a total of more than 10,000km since July as part of a health imitative leading up to the Society’s annual Pharmacy Australia Congress.

Walkers were also encouraged to see how many times they could walk from their home location to Melbourne, where PAC currently is being held.

The initial aim of the walk-a-thon was to try to cover the distance around Australia and while this was not achieved, the event was deemed to be a great success nonetheless, organisers said.

Devised by PSA’s Social Club, the walk-a-thon was designed to improve the health of PSA staff while lifting awareness of the need for office-based workers to get more exercise.

Social Club organisers said it was appropriate for a health sector organisation to lead by example.

Based on the Department of Health and Ageing’s Measure Up program, participants aimed to meet the department’s guide of a healthy lifestyle recommendation of a minimum  of 10,000 steps (or about 8km) a day.

To assist in measuring g the distance walked, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, donated 50 pedometers for staff to wear during the walk-a-thon.

Organisers said many walkers were shocked to see how sedentary they actually were after measuring their daily number of steps with a pedometer.

Social club organisers said the event would be run again for PAC11 and would start earlier to ensure the total kilometres covered was equivalent to walking around Australia.  Those staff members who are attending PAC are curious to see how many steps they will walk over the four day event.

 

29 October 2010

YOUNG PHARMACIST OF THE YEAR NAMED

A passion for the pharmacy profession and its future direction has seen South Australian community pharmacist Vivienne Mak named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year at a ceremony at PAC10 today.

The award was presented to Ms Mak by Her Excellency, the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce AC.

Ms Mak graduated in 2006 and worked as a full-time community pharmacist before returning to the University of South Australia in 2009 to complete her PhD, focusing on pharmacy practice.  She was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award and Sansom Pharmacy Fund Research Scholarship to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy.

“I am passionate about the future of the pharmacy profession and have an immense interest in improving the direction of pharmacy and the way pharmacists practice. This has sparked my interest to pursue a career in research to promote re-professionalisation,” she said.

“With the current changes in the health system and within the pharmacy profession, it is an exciting time as a young pharmacist to be a part of the pharmacy profession.”
She currently actively contributes to the pharmacy profession as a council member of PSA South Australia Branch and chair of PSA’s SA Early Career Pharmacist Working Group.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive this award. It provides a unique opportunity for me to reach for a higher level of professionalism and innovation within the pharmacy profession. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the profession and to pursue research excellence.”

Announcing the award, National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said Ms Mak’s dedication and commitment to her profession exemplified the best qualities that were the basis of the profession’s future in Australia.

“Ms Mak’s work in finding ways to improve the way pharmacists practice will have a great and lasting impact on the profession,” Mr Plunkett said.

Patrick Davies, CEO of Symbion, sponsors of the awards for the sixth consecutive year, paid tribute to Ms Mak.

“The PSA Excellence Awards recognise and reward innovation and excellence in pharmacy and they also play a vital role in encouraging and developing young Australian pharmacists,” Mr Davies said.

“Vivienne is a most worthy recipient of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Young Pharmacist of the Year. It is a fantastic achievement and one that will no doubt inspire young pharmacists to strive for excellence in their profession.”

 

29 October 2010

 PSA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

An innovator who constantly strives to provide solutions to enable pharmacists to fully utilise their professional skills has been awarded the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at PAC10 today.

Gerard Stevens of Sydney was presented the award by the Governor-General of Australia, her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC.

Mr Stevens’ innovative approach saw him introduce the Webster system that reduces nursing home medication administration errors, allows collaboration with allied health professionals, reduces medication wastage and government costs, and encourages better use of pharmacists’ clinical and educative skills.

“My work encouraged pharmacists to review doctors’ medication charts for any interventions that may be required and this in itself was a forerunner to the introduction of government-funded domiciliary medication reviews, and later home medication reviews,” he said.

“Another area I have addressed with success is medication compliance in Aboriginal communities and an example of the success of the Webster system Clamshell in that compliance in the Tiwi Islands where medication collection alone has increased to more than 60 per cent.”

“What the award means to me is, it makes me feel very proud. I am happy to be nominated. I am delighted to receive it. I consider it to be a great honour and privilege.”

Announcing the award, National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said Mr Stevens’ work had resulted in significant reductions in medication errors in nursing homes.

“His innovative and forward-thinking approach had resulted in a system which is having, and will continue to have, very positive benefits for the health outcomes of many Australians.”

Patrick Davies, CEO of Symbion, sponsors of the awards for the sixth consecutive year, paid tribute to Mr Stevens.

“The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious recognition of the significant contribution that Gerard has made to the Australian Pharmacy industry throughout his distinguished career.  Gerard is a thoroughly deserving recipient of this award and he sets a fine example for others to follow.”

 

29 October 2010

PHARMACIST OF THE YEAR NAMED


One of Australia’s leading advocates for rural pharmacy, Karalyn Huxhagen, has been named the recipient of this year’s prestigious Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Pharmacist of the Year award.

The award was presented at a ceremony at PAC10 today by Her Excellency, the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce AC.

Based in Mackay, Queensland, Ms Huxhagen is a passionate community pharmacist and advocate for rural pharmacy. She is renowned as a leader and change agent across all levels of health care and her endeavours have helped to improve service delivery and health outcomes for Australians living in rural and remote areas.

“At heart I am a community pharmacist with a great passion for my customers, staff and the local community,” Ms Huxhagen said.

 “Being awarded the Australian Pharmacist of the Year by PSA is an achievement beyond my comprehension. I am passionate about all aspects of Pharmacy and I have been lucky enough to be able to give to the profession my time and expertise in areas that interest me.

“I am a strong advocate for the areas of rural, regional and remote health in many areas of health but my particular focus has always been on delivery of pharmacy services to these areas.

“There has been a lot of good days and bad days in achieving the goals that I personally have set in achieving better outcomes in rural, regional and remote Australia and being awarded this award for my work tells me that my hard work has not gone unnoticed.”

Announcing the awards at the Pharmacy Australia Congress in Sydney today, National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett said rural pharmacy had no better advocate than Ms Huxhagen.

“Her commitment to this sector is boundless and has resulted in some very real and positive developments for rural pharmacy in Australia,” he said.

Patrick Davies, CEO of Symbion, sponsors of the awards for the sixth consecutive year, congratulated Ms Huxhagen and said her work was an inspiration for all pharmacists.

“Her devotion to community pharmacy and to rural pharmacy in general set standards for others to follow,” he said,

“These Awards inspire all pharmacists to continue to drive professional standards even higher and to further elevate the quality of health care provided through all pharmacies in Australia.

“On behalf of everyone at Symbion, we’re delighted to recognise Karalyn’s achievement as the 2009 Pharmacist of the Year.”

 

27 October 2010

PAC10 GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW


Australia’s premier pharmacy event, the Pharmacy Australia Congress, gets underway tomorrow (Thursday) with close to 900 registrations already received  to take full advantage of the event.

A diverse range of international and national speakers will cover topics ranging from the future of pharmacy and clinical developments, through to business models and innovations in running pharmacy practices.

The comprehensive PAC10 exhibition will give delegates the opportunity to see some of the latest developments in technology and products, and talk to representatives about the products and services on show.

There is also a broad social program which is a great lead in to a range of activities that engulf Melbourne during Melbourne Cup week which immediately follows PAC10.

Being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre until Sunday, 31 October, PAC10 is based this year on the theme of the “Seven-Star Pharmacist”.

This theme comes from the World Health Organisation’s view that the appropriate, efficient and cost-effective use of resources must be the foundation of a pharmacist’s work, regardless of which sector of the profession the pharmacist is engaged in.

It has identified seven roles, or “stars” to achieve this: care-giver, decision-maker, communicator, leader, manager, life-long learner, and teacher.

Last-minute delegates to PAC10 can register at the Congress when they arrive and still make the most of the Congress which can earn them up to earn 35 Continuing Professional Development credits.

The Congress will be officially opened on Friday morning, 29 October, by Her Excellency, the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce.

For more details, go to www.pac10.com.au.

 

25 October 2010

TURN UP FOR LAST-MINUTE REGISTRATIONS AT PAC10

Last-minute delegates to PAC10 are able to register at the Congress venue on the day or days they wish to attend.

This means they still have the opportunity to earn up to earn 35 Continuing Professional Development credits by attending this year’s Pharmacy Australia Congress.

Being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 28-31 October, PAC10 will be officially opened by the Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, and will feature a host of international and local speakers.

In addition to plenary sessions, concurrent sessions will cover business and clinical topics which will boost delegates’ knowledge and give them an edge over their peers in business and professional undertakings.

Working breakfasts kick off each day and social evening gatherings round off the day’s events at the Congress.

After last year’s initial poster display success, PAC10 has expanded on the event and this year will feature more than 40 posters.  The posters can be viewed during lunch breaks to ensure delegates with session commitments are still able to examine and appreciate the work that has gone into the posters.

There is also a broad social program including a mystery dinner night, the gala Dinner and a range of other activities designed to cater for all tastes and age groups.

On top of all of this are two of the highlights – the announcements of the Excellence Awards and the naming of the Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY).  Delegates are able to support their PSOTY finalist on Friday, 29 October at 17.00 hours when the final takes place.

The PSA Excellence Awards will be announced at the opening plenary session from 9am on Friday, 29 October while the Pharmacy Student of the Year will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Saturday, 30 October 2010.

For further details, go to www.pac10.com.au or to register on the day see the staff at the registration desk located opposite the PAC10 Exhibition being held in Exhibition Hall 6.

 

22 October 2010

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR PREMIER PHARMACY EVENT OF THE YEAR

There is still time to register for this year’s Pharmacy Australia Congress, the premier pharmacy event where delegates can earn up to earn 35 Continuing Professional Development credits.

With national and international speakers and a range of targeted concurrent sessions, PAC10 has something to offer all pharmacy professionals whether it be on the educational or business front.

In addition, the comprehensive PAC10 exhibition will allow delegates to see some of the latest developments in technology and products, and talk to representatives about their exhibits.

There is also a broad social program which is a great lead in to a range of activities that engulf Melbourne in Melbourne Cup week which immediately follows PAC10.

Being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 28-31, PAC10 is based this year on the theme of the “Seven-Star Pharmacist”.

This theme comes from the World Health Organisation’s view that the appropriate, efficient and cost-effective use of resources must be the foundation of a pharmacist’s work, regardless of which sector of the profession the pharmacist is engaged in.

WHO believes that arriving at this goal requires the ability to evaluate information and decide on the most appropriate action and to achieve this objective pharmacists of the future must possess specific knowledge attitudes, skills and behaviours in support of their roles. 

It has identified seven roles, or “stars” to achieve this: care-giver, decision-maker, communicator, leader, manager, life-long learner, and teacher.

These seven stars have informed the selection of topics, workshops and events at PAC10, ensuring delegates leave with a greater skills base and a clearer view of the future of pharmacy.

To register or for more details, go to www.pac10.com.au.

 

21 October 2010

GALA DINNER COMPLETES THE PAC10 EXPERIENCE

The Gala Dinner of the Pharmacy Australia Congress has long been one of the highlights of the annual event.

After a couple of days of educational sessions and workshops, participants traditionally relish the opportunity to relax with their friends and peers before heading into the final day of the Congress on Sunday.

This year’s dinner is being held for the first time in the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Banquet Room, a purpose-build venue which will even further enhance the enjoyment level of the dinner.

Entertainment, fine food and wine, and the opportunity to dance, talk to or just relax with your friends and colleagues are all features of the Gala Dinner.

With the Congress and Gala Dinner only 10 days away, there is still time to register for the Congress, or if you are already registered, to purchase a ticket for the Gala Dinner on Saturday night, 30 October.

The gala Dinner is the highlight of a range of social events at PAC10 which this year has the added benefit of being held in Melbourne in the lead up to the famed Melbourne Cup.

Professional entertainers will add to the enjoyment factor and ensure that the dinner is something that will be long remembered and talked about by everyone who attends it this year.

The Gala Dinner is a must for delegates wanting to enjoy the full PAC10 experience.

Being held in Melbourne from 28-31 October this year, delegates to PAC10 can earn up to 35 Continuing Professional Development credits during the congress.

To register or for more details, go to www.pac10.com.au.

 

19 October 2010

UPDATED MEDICATION REVIEW GUIDELINES RELEASED

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has released updated guidelines for pharmacists providing Home Medicines Review (HMR) services and Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) services to aged care homes.

PSA was contracted under the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement to review and update the Professional Practice Standards as well as any practice guidelines identified as in need of development or review.

National President of the PSA, Warwick Plunkett, said that during  the review it was identified the  PSA’s HMR guidelines were in need of revision as they were last reviewed in  2000.

“It was also identified that given the broadened scope of the new Medication Review standard (to cover all forms of medication review from HMR/RMMR to PMP and MUR), some of the specific details around HMR and RMMR had been lost and guidelines were needed to underpin the new standard,” Mr Plunkett said.

PharmConsult was contracted to assist PSA in the review of the HMR and RMMR guidelines and an Expert Review Group was assembled to review the guidelines and inform PharmConsult of necessary changes and additions. 

“The Expert Review Group consisted of experienced accredited pharmacists from each State in Australia and two representatives from the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy,” Mr Plunkett said.

“The result is that the reviewed guidelines are robust and comprehensive and an essential tool for all pharmacists undertaking these services.

“The HMR guidelines contain more information on how to establish/ implement HMR services as well as communication and collaboration with other health-care providers while the updated RMMR guidelines include recent changes in RMMR processes.

The Professional Practice Standards Review and Training Program were funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and developed by PSA with the support of the Pharmacy Guild as part of the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

The Guidelines for pharmacists providing Home Medicines Review (HMR) services and

Guidelines for pharmacists providing Residential Medication Management Review (RMMR) and Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) services to aged care homes are available for all pharmacists on the PSA website  www.psa.org.au/guidelines

 

18 October 2010

PHARMACY-BASED FLU VACCINATION 

Pharmacists perform an important primary care role in the provision of information regarding vaccinations and also identifying appropriate patients who should receive vaccinations.

Following a highly successful trial in Tasmania, Dr Shane Jackson will give a presentation on pharmacy-based flu vaccination as part of the Professional Practice: New Professional Services in Pharmacy concurrent stream at PAC 10.

“This presentation will outline the three main roles for pharmacists in vaccinations; health promotion, hosting and performing vaccinations. The Tasmanian Pharmacy Swine Flu trial case study will show an example of how this role can be implemented in practice. The third role and very important role in the future will in the administration of vaccinations,” Dr Jackson said.

“As part of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services response to the swine flu emergency in 2009, a trial of pharmacy-based nurse-immuniser administered swine flu vaccination was undertaken.

“Phase One involved five pharmacies for one week in Southern Tasmania. These five pharmacies were selected based on the fact that low uptake of vaccination had occurred in the regions the pharmacies were located.  Due to the success of Phase One, an additional nine pharmacies were recruited into Phase Two. In Phase One, during one week across five pharmacies, more than 2500 individuals were vaccinated.”

Dr Jackson said qualitative analysis from Phase One indicated that the key to its effectiveness was ease of access.

“Feedback from patients indicated that apart from ease of access, free service, no appointment necessary, and no wait time were important factors in having the vaccinations performed within the pharmacy,” he said.

“Importantly, ~35% of individuals that were vaccinated indicated that they would not have had a vaccination had it not been done in the pharmacy.

“This highlights that pharmacy-based vaccination programs may capture individuals unlikely to have a vaccination delivered by another provider. As pharmacy begins implementing a renewed legislative framework, it is timely to reflect on professional behaviour and the implications of the new legislation on the profession’s Code of Ethics.”

Being held in Melbourne from 28-31 October this year, delegates to PAC10 can earn up to 35 Continuing Professional Development credits during the congress.

To register or for more details visit www.pac10.com.au.

15 October 2010

MILITARY PHARMACY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (MILSIG) WORKSHOP

The Military Pharmacy Special Interest Group (MILSIG) workshop will be held on Thursday, 28 October 2010 between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

This workshop will give those with a specific interest in military pharmacy the opportunity to get together to discuss some of the issues and developments in this sector.  

A key presenter at the workshop will be Colonel Georgeina Whelan, Command Health Officer, Headquarters Forces Command. Colonel Whelan will speak about the restructure of Army Health Support. 

Colonel Whelan will also discuss the health reform agenda, which is the largest of its kind to be undertaken in Defence since the Vietnam War.

Pharmacy Officer from No. 1 Health Support Battalion, Lieutenant Yeung (Gabriel) Siu will also be present. LT Siu will discuss his role in the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) support to the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Lieutenant Siu will also touch on his experiences in the Singaporean Armed Forces. 

The MILSIG workshop will also cover topics such as procedural measures and policy issues affecting Defence agencies and will give military pharmacists the opportunity to discuss current issues and provide interactive feedback through a closed forum. 

Being held in Melbourne from 28-31 October this year, delegates to PAC10 can earn up to 35 Continuing Professional Development credits during the congress.

 

To register or for more details visit www.pac10.com.au.

 

14 October 2010

ACCREDITATION FOR PSA INTERN TRAINING PROGRAM

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s National Intern Training Program (NITP) has been granted accreditation by the Australian Pharmacy Council.

The APC, in its capacity as independent accreditation body for the Pharmacy Board of Australia, has been tasked with the accreditation of Intern Training Program (ITP) providers following the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme on 1 July 2010.

The PSA program is the first and only ITP to be granted such accreditation.

The PSA has long recognised that the transition from student into the workforce is not an easy time for early career pharmacists and its National Intern Training Program helps smooth the transition from student to competent pharmacist.

A great strength of the NITP program is that it is delivered by the PSA,  the professional organisation representing the professional interests of pharmacists and the practice of pharmacy wherever pharmacists work in supporting the Australian health-care system.

The program has been developed with workplace relevance in mind, increasing the applicability of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge. 

The NITP is especially relevant under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) which requires registration nationally instead of pharmacists registering in each state individually.

The PSA NITP incorporates discussion on national and state-based issues to take into account the NRAS changes and, being a national program, enables interaction between interns and pharmacists across Australia, thereby broadening their knowledge of the profession.

PSA understands the key elements required of a training program developed to help new graduates apply their knowledge in a range of workplace situations, and to become a valuable team member in any pharmacy.  To meet these needs, PSA has designed the NITP program for maximum impact and effectiveness.

With a combination of interactive workshops and workplace-based activities, the NITP course is not just an extension of university, but a specifically developed program with a focus on the workplace with the utilisation of pharmacists’ skills and knowledge in practice.

PSA recommends students consider the course and the provider that is best going to assist them with their career in the short and long term and that should be with the organisation that best helps them develop as a pharmacist.


11 October  2010

PREVENTING CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE IN AUSTRALIAN PHARMACY– WHAT WE CAN DO NOW

There are many opportunities for community pharmacists in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the management of risk factors for CVD.

A special session at PAC10 this year will be Screening and Early Detection Services in Pharmacy in Australia – What We Can Do Now in Cardiovascular Disease, presented by Kevin McNamara from Monash University.

“There is much evidence from Australia and internationally to demonstrate that community pharmacists can deliver effective interventions for many individual risk factors, as well as early detection and awareness,” Mr McNamara said.

“In recent years, a holistic approach involving the concurrent assessment and management of multiple CVD risk factors is increasingly acknowledged as best practice.

“Pharmacists have demonstrated their capacity to deliver similar holistic approaches in diabetes and secondary CVD prevention, but there is less evidence to demonstrate their potential for primary CVD prevention.

“The focus of this presentation will be to describe the new evidence for this role emanating from research undertaken as part of the Fourth Community Pharmacy Agreement.

“The feasibility of implementing of such a service into community pharmacy will also be discussed.”

The session is being held on Sunday, October 31, at 4pm

Mr  McNamara is lecturer in pharmacy practice at Monash University and Research Fellow in Rural Pharmacy at the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health, a collaboration between Flinders University and Deakin University.

For several years he has been part of a multidisciplinary team involved in epidemiological and clinical studies involving cardiovascular disease risk factors, with his major focus being the identification of evidence treatment gaps and developing community pharmacist responses to these gaps.

Being held in Melbourne from 28-31 October this year, delegates to PAC10 can earn up to 35 Continuing Professional Development credits during the congress.

To register or for more details visit www.pac10.com.au.

 

3 October 2010

LEARNING AS A PHARMACY TEAM

Pharmacists have the opportunity learn with their team at PAC10 this year, with the Pharmacy Assistants Program offering a range of sessions designed to increase the knowledge and skills base of all pharmacy team members.

Unlike other pharmacy assistant conferences, the PAC10 program gives pharmacists and pharmacy owners the chance to learn alongside their team, thereby ensuring consistency of skills while boosting the spirit of teamwork.

The day-long program on Saturday, 30 October, has been tailored to include units from the Diploma of Management which will be delivered in small group workshops for all members of the pharmacy team.

Tony Hughes, an experienced business management professional who has been facilitating the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Diploma of Management for more than five years, will deliver the workshops and will target some of the areas crucial to the efficient operation of a pharmacy.

Joint Chair of the PAC10 Organising Committee, Alistair Lloyd, said the Pharmacy Assistants Program at PAC would provide invaluable insights to give pharmacists and others in the pharmacy workforce a competitive edge and a broader skills base.

Subjects to be canvassed include Managing Quality Customer Service which will look at some of strategies and tips to help pharmacy staff understand their customers and the pharmaceutical needs of those customers.

“The pharmacy team working as a unit is the basis of the success of many pharmacies and these sessions will help them to respond quickly and effectively to the needs of their customers,” Mr Lloyd said.

“In fact the Pharmacy Assistant program will enable you to provide exceptional customer service while setting service standards and training staff to meet and exceed those standards,” Mr Lloyd said.

“To succeed today you need to develop strategies to compete against other pharmaceutical distribution channels – both existing and emerging – and the Implementing and Monitoring Marketing Activities session will help you to do just that.”

Being held in Melbourne from 28-31 October this year, delegates to PAC10 can also earn Continuing Professional Development credits which are mandatory under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professionals which came into effect on 1 July.

To register or for more details visit www.pac10.com.au.

 

1 October  2010

EVIDENCE-BASED PHARMACY PRACTICE AT PAC10

 The importance of evidence-based practice in pharmacy will be examined a so part of a major plenary session at PAC10 entitled Practicing Professionally in a Commercial Environment.

Director of the Postgraduate Studies and Professional Development Unit at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Kirstie Galbraith, will examine how evidence-based practice is about solving clinical problems.

“As pharmacists we are faced with clinical problems every day and we need skills in knowing how to solve them,” she said.

“Evidence-based practice (EBP) is more than just knowing the published evidence; it requires the integration of the best research evidence with our clinical expertise and our patient’s unique values and circumstances.

“Using an example from practice, this presentation will introduce a widely accepted structured approach to clinical decision making and finding and implementing evidence in practice”

The session will help pharmacists attain Seven Star Pharmacist status by demonstrating the importance of practising within an EBP framework and describing how they can integrate evidence-based practice skills into their daily practice.

Ms Galbraith has many years of experience as a hospital and community pharmacist, and has been the Course Director of the Master of Clinical Pharmacy program since its inception in 2003.

She has been instrumental in developing academic units in online format to enable student flexibility in their learning.

She is also the unit coordinator of a semester long online unit in EBP, which was developed in conjunction with Greg Duncan at Monash University. This unit is delivered to a multidisciplinary group of students and has an emphasis on practical application of evidence in patient care.

Being held in Melbourne from 28-31 October this year, delegates to PAC10 can earn up to 35 Continuing Professional Development credits during the congress.

To register or for more details visit www.pac10.com.au.

 

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