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'The Victorian Branch is fortunate to
have Louis on its Committee. We are very
grateful that he continues to contribute
his expertise and share his passion
for pharmacy through PSA after his
retirement from full time employment,'
Assoc. Prof. Roller has been a member of
APSA since its creation in 1977. The end
of 2012 marks 50 years of his association/
membership with ANZAAS, Section 6 and
then APSA from 1977. He has presented
53 research communications at APSA
meetings, either alone or in combination
with students and/or colleagues
In 1995, he obtained a grant to bring
together pharmacy academics from
Australia and New Zealand to discuss
and present information about teaching
pharmacy practice. This was the
springboard for the current APSA format
of having the Pharmaceutical Sciences
stream and the Pharmacy Practice stream
at APSA conferences.
Louis was awarded the honour of being
the APSA Lecturer for 2009 and presented
a plenary lecture entitled, Coming out
of the wilderness: Evolution of pharmacy
education in Australasia.
Qld Branch honours
Queensland Branch members and guests
gathered at the President's Dinner in
November to celebrate the Branch's
achievements and its achievers.
Branch President, Dr Lisa Nissen listed
highlights of the year as: Brooke Myers
winning the 2012 PSA Young Pharmacist
of the Year Excellence Award, having
Professor Ian Frazer as keynote speaker at
the Branch Sunshine Weekend conference
and the success of the Multidisciplinary
Dr Nissen also presented former Branch
President Robert Elliott with is Life
Fellowship of PSA. Mr Elliott was made a
Life Member in 1985.
Four new Life Members -- Warren
Campbell, George Kotzas, Richard Malouf
and John Scott -- who have been PSA
members continuously for 50 years --
were also announced.
The Professor James Dare Graduate
of the Year was Melanie Burgess from
James Cook University.
Dr Nissen said that the nominees were
chosen for great communication, sound
academic performance, leadership,
initiative, contribution to the student
community and strong ethics. The finalists
were April Chan (QUT) Nadia Venzke
(Griffith) Melanie Burgess (JCU) and Aaron
The Intern of the Year was Natalie Mancuso
from the Corinda Guardian Pharmacy.
Dr Nissen said that Natalie had excelled
in pharmacy service delivery though a
number of initiatives including:
• Guardian Angel Knitting programs
• Establishing Social Media Awareness
around topics such as Depression,
Dementia, Asthma and Stroke using a
• Collaborating in establishing Medschek
and Diabetes Medschek in the
• Increasing the uptake of HMRs
• implementing lung function screening
• being actively involved in researching,
presenting and moderating
educational lectures to RACF staff.
The PSA ACT Branch is growing
Speaking on behalf of Branch President
Professor Gabrielle Cooper, Vice President,
Bill Kelly gave a report to members at the
branch end of year function in December.
He said that 2012 had been a busy and
'Locally we have seen significant growth
in membership. Our total membership in
January was 293, and we are now sitting
at over 330 members.
'It is great to see that so many ACT
pharmacists recognise the value of being
part of their peak professional body.
Melanie Burgess and Dr Lisa Nissen.
In 2013 we look forward to continuing
to demonstrate to non-members why
becoming a member is so important,'
Mr Kelly said that the vocational
education and training provided by
the Branch, which includes a range of
nationally recognised qualifications from
certificate through to diploma level,
had also grown over the year.
'In March we secured 13 subsidised
diploma of management places funded
through the Federal Government's
National Workforce Development Fund.
For our members, this meant they paid a
significantly reduced fee for a nationally
recognised qualification. Our members
who took advantage of this are
'We also continue to train interns
locally, with in more than 10 interns
currently enrolled in our program. We are
constantly reviewing the program to
ensure it serves the needs of interns and
the profession, and so it continues to be
of the high standard it is.'
Mr Kelly said that a number of new
pharmacies opened in the ACT in 2012
and the Branch team had visited many of
them to introduce the PSA and its role.
He said that working closely with the ACT
Medicare Local, has led to the Branch
being funded by the ACT Medicare Local
to develop and deliver an education
program which will be rolled out in
the first half of 2013. It will consist of a
one day workshop and Self Care health
campaign that will be distributed to
all ACT pharmacies. The program's
focus will be on triage, management
and referral of clients with common
conditions presenting to pharmacy in the
Bill Kelly and Paul O'Connor.
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