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will bring together government leaders,
drug regulatory agencies, drug safety
specialists, healthcare professionals,
pharmaceutical industry, healthcare
technology providers, health insurance
providers, patient safety advocates,
and consumer groups from all over the
globe in this premier one-of-kind drug
safety conference and exposition.
Professor Lisa Nissen, PSA Queensland
President said, 'The world is rapidly
changing and drug safety has become one
of the most challenging public health issues
of our time. It is everyone's responsibility to
take action to address the serious threat to
global public health posed by the pressing
issues relating to unsafe medicines and the
unsafe use of medicines.'
The concurrence of these two major
pharmacy events in Brisbane during
October will give all delegates an
unprecedented opportunity to expand
their knowledge, gain new skills and
experience, and further develop their
business and professional careers.
The Australian pharmacy profession meets
the international profession during a week
that will not be repeated in its capacity to
broaden the horizons of all participants.
New national Board member
has joined the
the resignation of
Julie Stokes from the
Queensland Branch Committee.
At the November 2012 Queensland
Committee meeting Dr Stokes resigned
from the Branch Committee because of new
work responsibilities at Queensland Health.
Branch President, Lisa Nissen wished Nick
and Nerida the best of luck in their new
roles and thanked Julie for her dedication
and commitment to PSA and the
Queensland Branch Committee since 2008.
As a result of her resignation from
the Branch Committee she also
relinquished her positions as a PSA
national Board member, Vice President
of PSA Qld Branch, Treasurer of the
Pharmaceutical Society of Queensland
(PSQ) and Trustee of the Qld Pharmacy
Nominations were called for the Board
position and Nick Efstathis was nominated
and appointed unopposed as the second
Qld Board representative. He also took on
the role of Branch Vice President.
The Committee also appointed Professor
Nerida Smith as the Treasurer of PSQ and
Trustee of the Qld Pharmacy Research Trust.
MIMS supports PSS
The Pharmacists' Support Service (PSS)
has been given a boost through a
donation of $2000 from MIMs.
The donation is being used to develop a
Pharmacists' Support Service website which
will include resources and information to
support and assist pharmacists.
The website will enable PSS to broaden
its outreach to pharmacists throughout
Australia. Currently the service only has
adequate funds to provide a telephone
service between 8am and 11pm to
Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and
the Northern Territory. A website with
links to useful information will provide
pharmacists throughout Australia with
a valuable resource that they can access
24 hours a day. The PSS website will be
launched early in 2013.
John Coppock, President of PSS, said,
'PSS plans to use communications
technology to develop novel ways of
supporting pharmacists. A PSS website will
be available to pharmacists across time
zones, day and night and will equip them
with information and links to a range
He said that PSS does not underestimate
the value of a listening ear from a
Julie Stokes and Dr Lisa Nissen.
colleague and that the telephone service
will also be expanded across all states
of Australia when adequate ongoing
funding becomes available.
PSS is working towards expansion into
Western Australia and Queensland in 2013.
Mr Coppock said that he hopes that MIMs'
generosity will set a precedent to be
followed by other organisations involved
with the pharmacy profession.
Donations to the PSS are tax deductible.
Anyone wishing to support its work should
direct donations to PSS c/o 381 Royal
Pde, Parkville 3052. Donations can also be
made over the phone using a credit card
through the PSA (Victorian Branch) office
on (03) 9389 4000 or by direct deposit into
the PSS bank account BSB 083170 and
account number 145988064 (Please send
your name and contact details so that a
receipt can be issued).
Pharmacists requiring assistance can
contact PSS for anonymous and discreet
support on 1300 244 910 between 8am and
11pm every day of the year.
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