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Awards winner at PAC12
Telstra Business Women's Awards
winner, Cathie Reid, is a feature
speaker at this month's PAC12 where
she will explain to delegates how she
positioned her pharmacy business for
success. Ms Reid, who last year won
the National Commonwealth Bank
Business Owner Award category at
the Telstra Business Women's Awards,
is a managing partner of APHS,
one of Australia's leading providers
of specialised hospital, oncology and
aged care pharmacy services. Her story
and her national recognition in the
Telstra Business Women's Awards will
be a highlight of the business and
management stream plenary session
on Saturday 20 October at 8.45am.
APC announces new CEO
The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC)
has named Bronwyn Clark as its new
Chief Executive O cer, starting in
November 2012. Ms Clark's previous
role was as the Chief Executive and
Registrar of the Pharmacy Council
of New Zealand (PCNZ), with overall
responsibility for the regulatory
functions carried out by the PCNZ
and general management of the
organisation. APC President John
Low said, 'On behalf of the APC
I welcome Bronwyn as the new CEO.
Given her knowledge and experience
I am con dent she will enhance and
develop what is already a committed
and progressive organisation'.
Zyrtec (cetirizine hyrdochloride) will be
available from supermarkets following
a decision by the Therapeutic Goods
Administration's Advisory Committee
on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS).
Following the decision Zyrtec will be
rescheduled from Schedule 2 to an
unscheduled product from 1 January
2013 when sold in divided forms for
oral use containing 10 mg or less of
cetirizine per dose in packs containing
ve days' supply.
Health risk behaviours
Many health risk factors are rising,
although some, such as smoking
and excessive alcohol consumption,
have dropped among certain age groups
-- particularly among young people.
The Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare (AIHW) report Risk factor trends:
age patterns in key health risk factors over
time released in September presents
comparisons over time for di erent age
groups for key risk factors for health
including overweight and obesity,
physical inactivity, poor diet, smoking and
excessive alcohol consumption.
AIHW spokesperson Dr Lynelle Moon said,
'These are key risk factors for diseases
such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2
diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
'Monitoring these risk factors is important
in helping to guide and target preventive
For example, between 1995 and 2007--08,
measurements of body mass index
and waist circumference among adults
rose. This resulted in higher rates of
overweight/obesity for all ages, with the
largest rise among females aged 12 to 44.
'Additionally, between 1989--90 and
2007--08, the proportion of adults who
were physically inactive remained high at
over 50% for all age groups, with a rise in
physical inactivity seen in 15--24 year olds
between 1995 to 2007--08,' Dr Moon said.
'Some good news is that rates of smoking
have fallen substantially among young
people, particularly teenagers, in the
last decade. The proportion of adults
who were daily smokers also dropped
between 1989--90 and 2007--08, from 27%
to 21% for men and from 20% to 17% for
women. Falls occurred for adults in most
age groups, but the greatest fall was for
those aged 18--24,' she said.
Apart from men aged 75 or over, increases
were seen in the proportion of people
aged 18 or over who drank at long-term
risky levels between 1995 and 2007--08 in
all age groups. However, these rates have
stabilised among some age groups since
Men receive inconsistent messages
on prostate cancer testing according
to DrAnthony Lowe, Chief Executive
of Prostate Cancer Foundation of
He said that PCFAA research indicates
that 40% of men nd advice about the
usefulness of the PSA test confusing.
The National Health and Medical Research
Council (NHMMRC), Cancer Council
Australia (CCA) and PCFA are working
together to improve the consistency of
information for men and their doctors.
Evidence about prostate cancer testing
using the PPSA test is about to be
reviewed by the NNHMRC. It will develop
an information document on PSA testing
in asymptomatic men.
NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson,
said 'This document will assist doctors
to provide men and their families with
evidence-based information on the
potential harms and bene ts of testing
and of any follow up investigations
and treatments. Men can then make an
informed decision about whether to be
tested for prostate cancer.'
The PPCFA and the Cancer Council
Australia (CCA) is also developing
a clinical practice guideline, using
NHMRC's standards and procedures.
These guidelines will supplement
NHMRC's work by providing further
clinical guidance for doctors consulting
with men about having a PSA test.
Prostate cancer awareness
Increasing awareness of prostate cancer
over the past decade has underpinned
an increase in testing, with nine in
10 Australian men now having been
tested for prostate cancer risk by the time
they are in their mid 70s.
Last month, as part of International
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month,
Prostate Cancer Foundation of
Australia (PCFA) released a report,
Research, awareness, support: Ten years
of progress in prostate cancer, which
demonstrates signi cant progress in
community awareness and knowledge of
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