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The staff at the Dunsborough Pharmacy on the South West Coast of
Western Australia were quick to organise an appeal to support people who
lost homes and property in the bushfires about 90 minutes' drive north at
Yarloop last month.
The immediate result was a packed car
load of essential medicines and toiletries
delivered to the Australind evacuation
centre, with more on the way.
Dunsborough Pharmacy owner and PSA
member Linda Keane told Australian
Pharmacist that while the pharmacy
was about 100 plus kilometres away
from the fires, the local Busselton and
Dunsborough fire crews were all called
up to fight them.
'The locals here know lots of people
fighting the fire. Only a few years
ago, we had a really big bush fire
near Margaret River and everyone
remembers how helpful many 'not so
locals' were, so it is just our turn to give
back,' Linda said.
'We also had some people from
Yarloop come in to organise scripts for
medications they needed. They must be
staying with relatives close by.'
The donations were organised by
Linda's 'amazing' Retail Manager,
Renita McDonald, who liaised with
Helpful Hampers, a not-for-profit
organisation, dealing directly with the
evacuation shelters. They divided up
the donations for individual families
according to what they needed.
Linda said the girls at the pharmacy had
asked what they could do to assist and
'as everyone was donating clothes and
food, it made sense for us to donate
medicines and toiletries.
'So we started asking customers to
donate toiletries like toothbrushes,
hair brushes and so on. I thought they
might need more also the asthma side
of things due to all the smoke so we also
sent spacers and antihistamines.
'However, I didn't want to be one of
the businesses who ask customers for
donations, make themselves look good
but never actually put their own hand in
their pocket so I made the commitment
that the pharmacy (or I) would match
our customers' donations.'
The customers donated more than
$700 and all the goods were purchased
and provided at cost price.
'We don't feel we have done anything
more than many others in the
community, Linda said.
'It makes me feel proud how
communities really pull together when
trouble arrives. Everyone so wants
to help. Everyone is thankful it hasn't
happened to them but everyone is also
thinking it could be them next time.'
The Pharmacists' Support Service is a free service
run by pharmacists for pharmacists, pharmacy
interns and students and provides a team of
volunteer pharmacists trained in peer support and
telephone counselling. It offers support related
to the many demands of being a pharmacist in
Australia. Telephone 1300 244 910 for the cost of
a local call. The Service is available 365 days of the
year from 8am to 11pm.
BY ANDREW DANIELS
ignite blasts off
The PSA has called for applicants to
join its prestigious ignite Pharmacist
Leadership Program for 2016.
The ignite program aims to nurture and
develop high-performing early career
pharmacists into future leaders who will
drive strategy, change and innovation.
National President Joe Demarte said
ignite involved combining interactive
workshops, experiential and distance
learning with a range of inspirational
speakers, personal mentoring and
'As part of the innovative program,
participants enhance personal
development and skills through the
use of horses; an innovative strategy
unique to ignite that aims to increase
participants' self-awareness as leaders,'
Mr Demarte said.
'ignite workshops are highly interactive
and practical, enabling participants
to go beyond theory to apply what
they learn. ignite not only prepares
pharmacists to be a pharmacy leader,
it also provides an experience to
become a leader in daily life.'
As part of the ignite program,
participants also obtain units of credits
towards the exclusive PSA Graduate
Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice
and the PSA Diploma of Leadership and
'Being part of the ignite program is
a great opportunity to challenge
yourself, your talents and abilities while
strengthening the confidence in your
pharmacy knowledge' he said.
Places for the program are limited to
12 Early Career Pharmacists in 2016.
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