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Dr Davies said, 'Allergic rhinitis and
asthma have a signi cant impact on
patient health and quality of life. There
is a need to optimise allergy diagnostics
and treatments for subtropical grass
'Our immune system sees these
subtropical grasses, like Bahia, Bermuda
and Johnson grass, di erently to the cool
climate grass pollens such as Ryegrass.'
Dr Davies' research is developing new
blood tests to diagnose patients who
are primarily allergic to subtropical
grass pollens. Together with a team
of Australia's leading clinical allergy
specialists, Dr Davies is coordinating
a survey on the types of grass pollens
patients are most allergic to across
di erent regions of Australia.
Professional services came to
life last month, as more than 80
pharmacists gathered in Sydney for
PharmacyLIVE, the PSA NSW branch event
designed to drive implementation of
professional services, provided practical
clinical knowledge and hands-on
interaction, all supported by practice
incentives and business cases.
The conference was opened by the Hon
Melinda Pavey MLC, NSW Parliamentary
Secretary for Regional Health, who shared
the NSW government's enthusiasm for
pharmacists' increasing role in public
health delivery and disease prevention.
Delegates immersed themselves in a
sold out, interactive diabetes clinical
update from presenter Jane Ludington
and gained valuable practical experience
in structured blood glucose monitoring.
This session saw pharmacists learn to
analyse trends in monitoring results,
in order to tailor management to the
individual patient. The session was
supported by Roche Diabetes Care
The afternoon sessions covered business
aspects of professional services, with
Clinical Interventions demysti ed,
MedsCheck and Diabetes MedsCheck
explored, and with a lively discussion
on how best to deliver these services to
pharmacy clients. Sarah McInerney and Lia
Mahony shared their secrets to success,
and how they have built these services
seamlessly into their dispensary work ow.
The vitality of professional services
continued into Monday, with Professor
Peter Carroll giving insights into
hypertension and cholesterol and
how pharmacists can assist in patient
knowledge of their conditions.
Catherine Bronger and her team from
ChemistWorks brought blood pressure
monitoring and blood lipid screening to
life, with delegates testing each other for
hypertension, and taking home their own
lipid pro le too.
Ashlee Ward from GuildLink supported
these sessions with processes and
guidelines on how to record these services
Delegates commented favourably on the
practical nature of the program, with the
right mix of theory and activity to make
the services achievable.
'It's so interactive' sums up the reaction of
delegates who left with real processes, real
plans and real enthusiasm for professional
services and what they will add to
Tasmania completes the
University of Tasmania (U/Tas) fourth
year pharmacy student, Daniel Hoyle,
has won the Tasmanian heat of the
Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY)
Daniel completes the nal line-up for
the national nal to be held at PAC12 in
Melbourne later this month.
According to the judges it was a really close
The nalists, all U/Tas fourth year students
were: Daniel Hoyle (winner), Jack
Muir-Wilson, Jonathan Nixon, Jasper Young,
Souyma Rambhatla, and Sara Al-Zubaidy.
The judges Helen Howarth (PSA NITP
coordinator and Professional Development
Pharmacist), Duncan McKenzie (Specialist
Pharmacist Royal Hobart Hospital, Chair of
SHPA Tas Branch) and Prof Gregory Peterson
(Head of the U/Tas Pharmacy school) were
impressed by the communications skills and
clinical knowledge shown by the nalists.
Professor Peterson said that Daniel holds a
RAAF Assoc. (Tas) WAAAF Branch Honours
Scholarship in Alzheimer's Disease and has
been on the Dean's Roll of Excellence for the
Faculty of Health Science at U/Tas over the
past three years, and has also won a number
of academic prizes. 'We are extremely proud
of him,' he said.
The nal line-up for the National nal
is: Louise Gabrovsek (WA), Sarira El-Den
(SA/NT), Melanie Burgess, (NAPSA
wildcard entrant), Briony Davidson
(ACT), Megan Coleman (NSW), Kahlinda
Mahoney (Vic), Elizabeth McCourt (Qld) and
Daniel Hoyle (Tas).
The Pharmacy Student of the Year
Competition is sponsored by Alphapharm.
UTAS students (PSOTY competitors) from left to right: Jack Muir-Wilson, Sara Al-Zubaidy, Jonathan Nixon, Daniel Hoyle,
Soumya Rambhatla, Jasper Young
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