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Knowing your horse is critical and
this puts Southern Hemisphere
competitors at a disadvantage when
‘You need a very close affinity between
horse and rider so we are always going
to be at a disadvantage when we ride
in Europe as we have to borrow horses,’
‘I competed at the World
Championships in Wales two years ago
and you really notice the difference.
They look after us and give us very
good horses but it’s not the same as
having your own horse.
‘You have a week or two to bond with
the horse and train but only having a
couple of weeks preparation certainly
adds a different element to competing
in Europe or the World Championships.’
Andrew’s shoulder injuries have limited
him somewhat but he still loves the
vaulting events ‘where you jump off the
horse, pick something up off the ground
and then jump back on the horse and do
that at a high speed. That’s always been a
bit of fun but I’ve slowed down a bit with
the shoulder injuries’.
‘I have had two operations on each
shoulder so I have become acquainted
with the healthcare services, and with
Andrew believe horses have a lot
to teach us and supports the ignite
program’s use of horses in a special
workshop to further develop skills
in communication, team building,
relationship development and trust.
‘Being with horses really is good for a
person’s development and I do some
work with the Riding for the Disabled
Association and we have found a lot of
success with these people being able
to connect with, and grow, from their
association with horses,’ Andrew says.
‘ This is particularly so with kids with
autism but it is true for kids with all
sorts of disabilities and it is a very
successful program across Australia
and across the world.’
ignite trifecta 2015 off
Applications for the Society’s third ignite Pharmacist Leadership Program
for early career pharmacists (ECPs) opened last month.
The program was developed by the PSA
to meet the ongoing leadership and
career development needs of early career
pharmacists. PSA National President
Grant Kardachi said ignite aimed to
develop high-performing ECPs into
future health leaders.
‘ This is an advanced program which helps
to identify pharmacists who will help
drive strategy, change and innovation
moving into the future,’ Mr Kardachi said.
Ignite program graduate and 2013 PSA
Young Pharmacist of the Year Katie
Brookes, from Tasmania, told Australian
Pharmacist: ‘the ignite program gave me a
greater self-awareness and taught me the
effect that my behaviour had on others
‘It provided me with the opportunity
to learn how to use my actions and
behaviour as a leader to enhance the
possibility of obtaining positive results.
‘ignite also presented the opportunity
to meet other like-minded young
pharmacists which helped to build on the
passion and enthusiasm that I have for
‘One tool the ignite program uses is
interaction with horses to intensify each
participant’s awareness of themselves.
In addition, the inclusion of motivational
speakers and mentors in the program
gives participants practical perspectives
of leadership in various healthcare roles,
as well as motivating them for their
‘ The ignite program offers a unique
development experience that has
been specifically designed to broaden
the understanding of leadership and
to develop the participants’ skills.
Significantly it takes into account the
personal leadership goals of those taking
part in the program.
‘ To be a great communicator and leader
requires great people skills, and great
people skills stem from self-awareness
and sound interpersonal behaviours,’
Mr Kardachi 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.
Participants also obtain units of credit
towards the PSA Graduate Diploma of
Applied Pharmacy Practice and the PSA
Diploma of Management as part of the
Places for ignite are limited to 12 ECPs
with applications open to PSA members
who have been registered for less than
10 years. More information is available
on the PSA website (www.psa.org.au).
Applications close 24 December.
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