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Torquay weekend success
The PSA Victorian Branch has declared
its 2012 Clinical Weekend a resounding
success. More than 200 members
attended the annual event held at
Wyndham Resort at Torquay on the last
weekend in August.
The Victorian Branch
Lynch said she was
pleased to have
the opportunity to
meet with so many
'The feedback from everyone has been
extremely positive. Attendees indicated
that they found the sessions informative
and relevant to their practice.
'The venue was excellent and ideally
located for easy access,' she said.
The 2011 PSA Victorian Pharmacy Medal
winner, Bruce Gould, said, 'I really enjoyed
the Clinical Weekend at Torquay. The
venue was excellent , and the speakers
gave us some very useful information on
a number of topics which we will be able
to put into practice in our workplace.
'The Sunday workshops I attended were
excellent . The Diabetes workshop was
very hands on and gave us lots of useful
information on how use blood glucose
monitors and insulin pens.
It was good catching up with a number
of pharmacists I haven't seen for years.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend
the weekend to enjoy some relaxation
while learning about some important
topics,' he said.
The two day program aimed at providing
members with an update on a variety
of chronic disease states. The Saturday
lecture program concentrated on clinical
and management aspects of chronic
diseases while the Sunday workshop
program equipped participants
with practical skills to apply to their
Feedback about the quality of the
presentions from those attending was
Some comments included:
• On Dr Christopher Worsnop's session
about COPD -- 'Fantastic presentation
appreciated snippets of humour, but
easy to follow and very relevant'. 'I'm
hoping to do some lung screening
in my pharmacy, and also found
some good points to use in patients
• On Dr Michelle Tellus' presentation on
rheumatoid arthritis and gout -- 'Great
coverage of many topics, relevant up
to date and clearly put and explained'.
'Fast, furious, but fabulous'.
• And on Dr Nick Carr's presentation
about schizophrenia and bipolar
disorder -- 'An excellent, interesting
and stimulating presentation and
superb talk -- meaningful relevant
A pharmacist in GP land
Researchers at The University of
Queensland's (UQ) School of Pharmacy
are making medication use safer by
incorporating pharmacists into general
practice medical centres.
During a three year study, a pharmacist
was integrated into a Brisbane inner-city
suburban general practice medical
centre to provide medication reviews
for practice patients and quality use of
medicine services for the practice.
The study, led by
PSA 2011 Young
the Year Chris
that GP referrals
reviews at the clinic
increased by more than 400% during the
period of the study.
'Integration of a pharmacist into a
general practice medical centre allows for
increased opportunity for communication
and collaboration with GPs and other
health professionals.' Mr Freeman said.
'This model provides improvement in the
quality use of medications for patients
and decreases harms associated with
medications. The model does not intend
to replace the current role of pharmacists
in the community, instead, it seeks
to extend the reach of a pharmacist's
specialist knowledge in the use
'Pharmacists are equipped with a wide
variety of skills and have expertise in
medication therapy however are often
underutilised in the primary care setting.'
Mr Freeman said.
'We have shown the potential bene ts
of this new model of pharmacy
practice, building on the important
role pharmacists currently play in the
community pharmacy environment'.
The study was supported by an Alan
Grant-Taylor Scholarship and funds
received from the Pharmaceutical Society
of Australia Research Trust. Mr Freeman's
ndings have been published in the
International Journal of Pharmacy Practice.
Qld hay fever warning
Queenslanders can expect to endure a
longer hay fever season than the rest of
Australia thanks to owering subtropical
grasses according to Dr Janet Davies from
The University of Queensland's (UQ) Lung
and Allergy Research Centre.
Dr Davies said that in Queensland the
grass pollen season continues for longer
than spring, due to the presence of
subtropical grasses that ower in summer.
She warned that people who su er from
allergic rhinitis are at greater risk of
Dr Lisa Nissen said
that because of the
extended hay fever
season there is a key
role for pharmacists
to assist patients
with over the counter enquiries for
antihistamines and nasal sprays and to
identify those at risk of exacerbations of
their asthma symptoms.
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