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Ken Bickle steps down
PSA life member Ken Bickle FPS has
stepped down from the Board of the
National Return and Disposal of Unwanted
Medicines Project (NatRUM project).
He has been involved in the
NatRUM project since 1998 and was
instrumental in its development and the
implementation in 1990s.
NatRUM project Manager Toni Riley said
that Mr Bickle had managed the original
Newcastle pilot which developed the
basic protocols for the program and
demonstrated its cost effectiveness.
His negotiations in incorporating the rival
OPAL program into NatRUM had been
fundamental in ensuring the successful
development of the NatRUM project in
those early years.
Mr Bickle join the Board in 1998, and was
deputy chair until 2011.
‘His uncanny ability to provide the
new ideas, sound advice and financial
oversight have ensured the Project’s
successful growth, and will be greatly
missed by all,’ Ms Riley said.
‘It is a matter of great pride for all that the
NatRUM project has a national impact
and providing a free service to the
whole community of Australia, from the
most southern tip to the most northern.
The NatRUM project is still considered
a world leading return and disposal of
unwanted medicines program and is the
envy of many countries around the world.
‘ The Board members and management
of NatRUM will miss his wise counsel and
wish him the very best in his retirement,’
Ms Riley said.
Support with CPD plans
Pharmacists will soon be able to get face-to-face advice on how to create
CPD plans that comply with Pharmacy Board of Australia requirements.
In the second half of this year, PSA
is scheduling a series of workshops
for pharmacists on how to develop
a personal CPD plan that accesses
the wealth of continuing education
offerings available to PSA members.
PSA Board member Rachel Dienaar
told Australian Pharmacist that the CPD
plan requirements were timely given
the changing landscape of pharmacy
practice and new emerging roles.
‘I am pleased that PSA has taken the
initiative with the up and coming online
CPD recording platform, to best prepare
our members for active contribution to
the healthcare team.
‘ The CPD plan structure used in
Tasmania before national registration,
which ran for around 10 years, was
designed to assist pharmacists to plan
CPD activities based around professional
development and practice needs.
‘Focussing on the overall personal
requirements of a pharmacist by
developing a learning plan encourages a
life long learning approach to maximise
practice change and improvement,
Ms Dienaar said.
In April the PSA completed a nationwide
consultation with members to find out
about their understanding of the PBA’s
new CPD registration requirements, to
identify the best way to assist them in
meeting these requirements, and to
present a proposed solution to get their
feedback and refine the design. As a
result PSA is developing an intuitive,
online CPD planning and recording tool
to make meeting Board requirements for
CPD a much easier task.
The Board’s revised Registration
Standard: Continuing professional
development (effective 1 December
2015) requires every registered
pharmacist (excluding those with
non‐practising registration) to develop
a CPD plan to identify and undertake
CPD activities to meet their professional
development needs relevant to their
scope of practice.
The PSA’s update of its CPD plan will
support members to do this with an
easy, online CPD planning tool. This tool
will help a pharmacist to identify their
scope of practice, identify relevant
competencies from the National
Competency Standards Framework for
Pharmacists in Australia, identify areas
needing development and identify
PSA education and training to meet
their CPD needs in order to maintain
competence and extend scope
The new online CPD Plan will be
available to PSA members soon.
I am pleased that PSA
has taken the initiative
with the up and coming
online CPD planning and
recording platform, to best
prepare our members for
active contribution to the
Rachel Dienaar, PSA Board member
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