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


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

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Take a vacation from your vocation

Harvey Mackay

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

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Explainer: what is peer review?

Staff Writer

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

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Dentists from the dark side?

Loretta Marron OAM BSc

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

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Planning for Profit in 2015 – Your key to Business Success

Chris Foster

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

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

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

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Attracting and Retaining Great People

Barry Urquhart

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

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Updating Your Values - Extending Your Culture

Neil Johnston

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

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

Staff Writer

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

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

Staff Writer

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

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

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Culture Drive & Pharmacy Renewal

Neil Johnston

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

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ReWalk™ Personal Exoskeleton System Cleared by FDA for Home Use

Staff Writer

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

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Pharmacy 2014 - Pharmacy Management Conference

Neil Johnston

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

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Generation and Application of Community Pharmacy Research

Neil Johnston

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

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PSA Media Releases for October 2013

Peter Waterman

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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

29 October 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The APPFSC is scheduled to next meet in November 2013.

Shane Jackson, Chair APPFSC

29 October 2013


15 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


14 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


9 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

PAC13 has a wide range of clinical, practice, and business and management sessions under the Congress theme: ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes.

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

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

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

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


9 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The theme for PAC13 is ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes.

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

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


08 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


7 October 2011


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

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

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

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

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

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

The theme for PAC13 is ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes.

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

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

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


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

4 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

The theme for PAC13 is ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes. 

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

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

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


2 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1 October 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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