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Notice of annual
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting
of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia will be
held at the National Convention Centre, Canberra,
on 10 October 2014 at 5.00pm.
• To consider and, if thought fit, adopt the report of the
National Board for the year ended 30 June 2014 together
with the income and expenditure account for the year
and the balance sheet as at 30 June 2014.
• To appoint auditors for the year ending 30 June 2015.
• To transact any other business, which may, in accordance
with the Constitution, be transacted at the meeting.
All financial Ordinary Members of the Society are entitled to attend
and vote at the meeting. If unable to attend, a Member may appoint
a proxy to attend and vote on their behalf. A proxy does not need
to be a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Proxy
forms may be obtained from the website at www.psa.org.au or by
contacting the National Office of the Society on Ph: 02 6283 4777.
Proxy forms must be received by the PSA not less than 24 hours
before the time at which the meeting is to be held. All Members not
able to attend the AGM are encouraged to appoint a proxy.
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The complementary health care
industry has been called on to
develop a database of reference
resources for use by consumers
and health professionals.
Speaking at the inaugural Blackmores
Institute Symposium in Sydney
last month, PSA National President
Grant Kardachi said that a central,
comprehensive database which was an
all-encompassing reference would enable
pharmacists to instantly check on any
evidence behind the CM, any interactions,
and any other information which might
affect the consumers’ health outcomes –
positively or negatively.
‘And with whole-of-industry information
contained in the database, it would be an
invaluable tool for the industry as well as
health professionals,’ Mr Kardachi said.
It would also be available to consumers,
‘so transparency is a key’.
‘Such a database would of course be
invaluable for pharmacists discussing their
health issues, and the role CMs play in
them with consumers. Discussing CMs with
consumers is important and under a future
model of practice for pharmacies, such
interaction would be expanded through
the use of non-dispensing pharmacists
advising and counselling consumers front
of shop,’ Mr Kardachi said.
their pursuit of
natural medicine information and
introduced the Griffith University Short
Course in Integrative medicine, a CPD
accredited online course for healthcare
professionals, which is available free to
pharmacists through the Blackmores
Her remarks followed two days of sessions
aimed at assisting community pharmacists
to incorporate a complementary medicine
service into their professional practice.
‘ The support we have had from community
pharmacy is fantastic and a true
endorsement of the need for this type of
information and pharmacy’s readiness to
embrace it,’ Dr Braun said.
The online, Griffith-devised, CPD-accredited
short course builds on the university’s
Short Course in Integrative Medicine. It was
originally developed as a 1.5-day face-to
face workshop and presented by the School
of Pharmacy’s Associate Professor Evelin
Tiralongo and Adjunct Associate Professor
The key feature of the short course is its
independent and unbiased presentation
of the clinical evidence-based on
scientific research combined with the
presenters’ practical experience in
Dr Braun said that with so many
Australians taking complementary
medicines it was important that
pharmacies were well equipped to provide
quality service and advice about them.
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