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The PSA ACT Branch has been funded
through the ACT Medicare Local (ACTML)
to develop an education program
aimed raising pharmacists' awareness of
after-hours services and increase their
skills at managing and triaging common
ACTML Chair Dr Rashmi Sharma said
ACTML's After Hours Program is about
enhancing access to after-hours primary
healthcare services and ensuring
Canberrans are aware of where they can
receive urgent after-hours care requiring
medical attention before the next day.
'ACTML conducted an initial needs
assessment which confirmed that
pharmacists play a key role in providing
assistance to Canberrans during the
after-hours health care period. We are
pleased to be funding the PSA program,'
Dr Sharma said.
ACT PSA Branch
said, 'this is
the ACT and sets
a benchmark in
collaborative after-hours care. Working
with the ACT Medicare Local, the ACT PSA
Branch will develop a program that will
set the standard for others to follow.
'The program will result in pharmacists
and their staff being more informed,
equipped and confident, through
improved knowledge and skills,
to manage and/or refer common
after-hours presentations to the most
'I am confident the community will
be more aware of after-hours services
available to them, which service is
relevant to meet their needs, and when it
is appropriate to use the relevant service.'
Professor Cooper said for too long
pharmacists' skills of have not been
used to the best advantage of
'One of the aims of the program is to more
fully utilise existing pharmacist's skills as
health-care professionals. In addition, the
pharmacists will be better informed of
services that can be accessed after-hours by
the community and in so doing reduce the
load on the acute care hospitals.
'The program aims to further address the
gaps in after-hours care in collaboration
with other primary care providers and the
ACT Medicare Local," she said.
ACTML will also implement a consumer
awareness campaign to ensure Canberrans
know what their after-hours healthcare
options are, including going to their
pharmacy for after hours help and support.
Monash award to Cathie Reid
APHS Packaging CEO and business
entrepreneur Cathie Reid has received
this year's Distinguished Alumni Award
for Professional Achievement from
The Award recognised her leadership within
the pharmacy sector and contribution
to safer medication management for
Monash presents the Professional
Achievement award each year to an
alumnus who has gone on to become a
leader in their chosen field. Ms Reid, who
graduated from Monash with a Bachelor of
Pharmacy in 1991, follows in the footsteps
of high-achieving Australians such as
actress Jane Turner (Kath & Kim) and IVF
pioneer Professor Gabor Kovacs.
Ms Reid said, It's humbling to receive
this recognition from Monash University.
I'm extremely proud to be a pharmacist
and I hope this acknowledgement helps
elevate the important role of pharmacy
in our community, particularly as we face
the increasing health challenges of an
Ms Reid sits at the helm of the
Brisbane-based APHS Group with husband
Stuart Giles. Together, they have grown
APHS into one of Australia's largest suppliers
of pharmaceutical and clinical services
for the hospital, oncology and aged care
sectors, with an annual turnover exceeding
Several years ago, Ms Reid saw an
opportunity to transform the pharmacy
organisation's aged care IP into a
medication packaging solution for retail
pharmacies and their growing base of
older customers. In 2010, she launched
APHS Packaging, which now delivers more
than 13,000 medication compliance packs
throughout Australia each week.
Professor Bill Charman, Dean of Monash's
Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical
Sciences, said the award recognised not
only Ms Reid's achievements but the value
of the pharmacy sector.
'Cathie's successful nomination is testament
to the calibre of a Monash education and
the varied and important role pharmacists
play in delivering quality healthcare,' he said.
Earlier this year, Ms Reid's commitment to
safety and quality assurance culminated
in APHS Packaging receiving the National
MedicineWise Awards for Excellence in
Labelling and Packaging. Ms Reid was also
the Telstra Women's Business Owner of the
Year for 2011.
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