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Generous to a fault
Four pharmacy academics from
developing countries will be able to
attend the MyDispense symposium on
18 and 19 July at the Monash Centre,
Prato, Italy, because of the generosity
of the 2015 PSA Lifetime Achievement
Award winner, John Coppock.
Mr Coppock generously added some
funds to the money attached to his
award and donated it to the Monash
University Faculty of Pharmacy and
Pharmaceutical Science Foundation to
provide bursaries to allow academics
from developing countries to attend
The four senior pharmacy educators
receiving bursaries come from Ghana,
Uganda, Malawi and Namibia. The
bursaries will cover their flights, the
symposium and accommodation costs
-- on average they are receiving around
2,000 euros each.
The symposium is international and
we will have representation from
MyDispense users from the USA and the
UK. However, Monash is encouraging
pharmacy educators from developing
countries to attend so they can access the
resource -- hence the travel bursaries.
MyDispense is a free online learning
tool developed by Monash University
which is now used internationally.
The MyDispense International
Steering Group has members from
Monash University, UCSF, University of
Connecticut and Nottingham University,
and has been driving the development
of MyDispense as an internationally
The original Lifetime Achievement Award was
sponsored by Symbion.
Climate change and health
The United States Government has released a report on the impact of
climate change on people in the US.
The Report, The Impacts of Climate
Change on Human Health in the
United States: A Scientific Assessment,
involved three years of research by
more than 100 health experts and
The report concluded that rising
• Increase deaths and illnesses related
to heat stress by tens of thousands
• Compromise water sources, increasing
the risk of water-related illnesses
• Extend pollen seasons by up to a
month, exacerbating the health of
millions of Americans with allergies
and asthma conditions
• Increase the exposure of food to
certain pathogens and toxins
• Adversely impact mental health,
noting that reactions to climate
change range from minimal stress
and distress symptoms to clinical
disorders, such as anxiety and
Climate and Health Alliance President
Dr Liz Hanna said the report highlighted
the failure of the Australian Government,
particularly the Health Minister, to
exercise leadership and act on the real
and present danger climate change
posed to health of Australians.
The US report warns that climate
change not only changes the severity
and frequency of health problems
that already exist, but also creates
unprecedented or unanticipated
Dr Hanna said Australia needed a
national health assessment that
detailed how climate change impacted
communities across the country so
health professionals were trained to
'Australia is hotter than most countries,
making us more vulnerable to the
ravages of heat extremes, droughts,
fires and cyclones fuelled by warming
oceans. A strong response from the
Federal Health Ministry and Health
Department to develop a national
strategic response to this threat is
urgently required. Our nation's health
is at stake. Nothing could be more
important.' Dr Hanna said.
The Climate and Health Alliance
is a coalition of Australian health
professionals and organisations that
want to see climate change addressed
through prompt policy action.
WA award winners
PSA WA Branch has named its 2016
Excellence Awards winners.
WA Pharmacist of the Year is Noel
Fosbery. His primary focus in delivering
high quality pharmacy services is the
health and wellbeing of his community.
As the proprietor of two community
pharmacies, Noel established clinical
services to ensure his pharmacies are
considered health destinations.
The WA Young Pharmacist of the Year
is Teresa Di Franco. Teresa combined
her pharmacy experience, particularly
in medication management and
patient care, with her experience as
a Credentialed Diabetes Educator to
become a passionate advocate for
patient care and leader for her profession.
The WA Life Time Achievement Award
winner is Jeffery Leach who has worked
tirelessly to promote the pharmacy
profession and has focused on the
continual innovation required to keep
pharmacy at the cutting edge.
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