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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 PSA Victorian Office, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria from 6.30pm-7pm on Friday 20 November 2015.
• To consider and, if thought fit, adopt the report of the
National Board for the year ended 30 June 2015 together
with the income and expenditure account for the year
and the balance sheet as at 30 June 2015.
• To appoint auditors for the year ending 30 June 2016.
• 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.
Authorised by the National Board of the Pharmaceutical Society
4 September 2015
PO Box 42
Deakin West ACT 2600
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Pharmacists have a real role in
advising on use of complementary
medicines according to a position
statement released last month
by the Pharmaceutical Society of
PSA’s Complementary medicines
position statement recognises that
complementary medicines may have
a role in managing or treating some
conditions and pharmacists are ideally
placed to help consumers make informed
decisions on their use.
It says complementary medicines may
be used as an adjunctive therapy with
conventional medicines provided there is
evidence to support their use.
PSA National President Joe Demarte
said PSA was committed to supporting
pharmacists in helping consumers make
informed decisions about complementary
medicines, and continued to advocate
strongly for a partnership approach with
consumers to promote the Quality Use of
Medicines and responsible self-medication.
‘ This is a partnership between the
pharmacist and the consumer where
the pharmacist as the medicines expert
can advise on the appropriate use of
complementary medicines the consumer
may be considering,’ Mr Demarte said.
‘ There is a wealth of information available
about complementary medicines which
can be confusing and the pharmacist
can assist in ensuring that consumers
are provided with the best available
information about the current evidence
for efficacy, as well as information on any
potential side effects, drug interactions
and risks of harm.
‘In the event that a consumer chooses to
use a product with limited evidence, the
pharmacist must advise the consumer on
the risks of rejecting or delaying treatments
for which there is good evidence for
safety and effectiveness. PSA strongly
encourages all consumers considering
taking complementary medicines to
first consult their pharmacist for sound,
Mr Demarte said PSA endorsed the
NHMRC report, released in March 2015,
which found there were no health
conditions for which there was reliable
evidence that homeopathy was effective.
PSA does not support the sale of
homeopathy products in pharmacy.
‘Our position is that pharmacists must
use their professional judgment to
prevent the supply of products with
evidence of no effect,’ Mr Demarte said.
The statement also said: ‘Pharmacists
should be guided by the PSA Code of
Ethics, which states that the pharmacist
must respect the autonomy and rights
of the consumer to actively participate
in decision making, and must balance
this with the health and wellbeing of the
consumer – the pharmacist’s first priority.
‘PSA encourages pharmacists to
consider the available evidence for
the use of complementary medicines
when deciding to stock them in
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