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30 APRIL – 10 MAY 2015
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PRE CONFERENCE TOUR
25 – 30 APRIL
PRE CONFERENCE TOUR
28 – 30 APRIL
POST CONFERENCE TOUR
DUTCH RIVER CRUISE
The PSA Offshore Refresher
Course next year celebrates
its 40th event – its ruby
Since the first Refresher in Noumea,
delegates have enjoyed the
highest-quality pharmacist education
in locations from Macau and Malta to
Vancouver and Venice.
Thousands of pharmacists have travelled
to the amazing locations that Refresher
has offered – and for every Refresher there
are hundreds of stories.
To mark the 40th anniversary, Australian
Pharmacist is keen to hear some of the
best stories, anecdotes, and travellers’
tales from all the previous Refresher
conferences and we are asking you to
send us your memories.
These memories may range from the
dramatic to the humorous or even one of
bizarre situations which seem to be part
and parcel of travel.
Lynette Dupuy recalls some of the highlights of last year’s visit to
Washington and New York.
We attended a wonderful Pharmacy
Refresher Conference in May and June
After landing at Los Angeles, we flew to
Phoenix in Arizona to commence our
adventure in the Wild West, travelling
by coach through the Sonoran Desert,
Monument Valley staying at Lake Powell,
visiting Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon
National Park and, of course, the Grand
Canyon. Our Journey ended in Las Vegas,
a city worth visiting at least once in a
lifetime. There is so much entertainment
with less gambling now.
The journey then took us by air to
Washington DC. The Australian
Ambassador, Kim Beazley, addressed
us at the beginning of the conference.
He loves his job. We visited the National
Air and Space Museum and had to be
told to leave at closing time. Just to see
the White House, the US Capitol and the
Supreme Court Buildings was wonderful.
The Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown and
staying at the centrally located Fairmont
Hotel all added to the experience.
There were 300 of us in Washington,
but, by the time we reached New
York, where we stayed at the Waldorf
Astoria, our numbers had grown to
400. This wonderful hotel is close
We did a lot of walking and the
whole group enjoyed a cruise to see
the harbour and Statue of Liberty –
after lectures of course.
The Rockefeller Centre was close to
the hotel. We went to the top of the
Empire State Building and of course,
we had to see a musical – Chicago.
The whole group were guests of the
United Nations, where we actually sat
in the delegates’ chairs and listened
to a committee meeting. Australia’s
Ambassador to the UN, Gary Quinlan,
addressed us and, at the end of the
tour, we were given a boxed lunch –
all quite amazing.
Many delegates flew home after
New York. However, about 170 of us
went by bus to Boston, passing through
and having lunch in Philadelphia,
where, of all places, we had our first
taste of Creole cooking. Boston is the
place for seafood. We had great lunches
and dinners. We really recommend the
‘Legal Sea Food’ chain of restaurants on
the East Coast. The lobsters are amazing.
Museums abound in Boston.
The group boarded the Holland America
Veendam and set sail for Quebec.
This was a wonderful adventure, visiting
Bar Harbour in Maine (lobsters again),
Halifax – Peggy’s Cove and Sydney.
We visited the Cemetery in Halifax where
many of the casualties of the Titanic
disaster are buried. I had always wanted
to visit the farmhouse on Prince Edward
Island that inspired Anne of Green Gables.
This was fascinating and there was a lot
of information about the author.
After leaving the ship in Quebec,
we spent a few days there and then
travelled by train to Montreal before
flying home via Chicago and Los
Angeles. In Canada they weigh suitcases.
The weight per case is critical as to
whether you board the train.
SEND US YOUR REFRESHER MEMORY
The story/photo judged the most
interesting will win a prize of a free cabin
on the 2015 Post Conference Dutch River
Cruise worth $5,000. Send your story to
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