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The Victorian Early Career Pharmacists
Group did not want to be left out of
the action and hosted a barbecue and
drinks on Saturday evening. They added
great social value to the weekend and
signi cantly increased young members'
engagement with PSA.
Mr Feldschuh said that planning was
already underway to make the 2013
Primary Health Care Weekend a bigger
and better educational event for Victoria.
PDL centenary lecture in NSW
The NSW part of the PDL Centenary
National Speaker Series was presented by
John Montgomery in Sydney in late April.
According to organisers it was a great
success, with 122 pharmacists braving
torrential rain to attend.
The National Speaker Series is being held
to celebrate Pharmaceutical Defence
Limited's (PDL) 100th anniversary and to
thank PDL members for their loyalty.
John Montgomery has worked in the
pharmaceutical industry in the US, UK and
Australia. He was CEO of Alphapharm
from 1999 to 2010. Recently he was
appointed Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy
at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Vic pharmacy students' annual
The inaugural Victorian Pharmacy
Students Conference was held on
Saturday 21 April at Monash University
It was held concurrently with the Victorian
Primary Health Care Weekend with more
than 50 pharmacy students from Monash,
La Trobe and RMIT attending.
The program included a report from
executives of all three pharmacy schools
and a presentation from pharmacy
statesman John Coppock on how history
may guide the future of pharmacists.
A pharmacy student forum provided
opportunities for pharmacy students
to discuss and share their experiences,
concerns and ideas.
The morning tea and lunchtime trade
exhibition at the Cossar Hall was an
attraction as students learnt a lot from
pharmaceutical companies about
their latest products and services.
Eight practising pharmacists presented
to the students about their individual
career paths. They managed to stun
the students as none of them worked
in conventional hospital or community
pharmacy settings. The career areas
covered included HMRs, Medicare Locals,
clinical IT, health insurance, military,
health economics, pharmaceutical sales,
police and corrective services.
The President of the Victorian Pharmacy
Student Association, Amanda Ven,
said that the conference was fun and
insightful. The trade exhibition was
interesting with lots of freebies, which she
knew all students loved.
She said the speakers were fantastic and
provided a glimpse of pharmacy beyond
the four walls of a regular community or
'For the students who attended, I believe
that they are now more open-minded
about the possible career pathways they
Victorian Branch Director Bill Suen said
that he was pleased to support the
student bodies in this conference so that
Victorian pharmacy students could get
together to share their ideas and network.
He was grateful for the leadership and
insight of Amanda, as well as Catherine
Brown (VPSA, Monash), Xavier Agostino
(RAPS, RMIT) and John Traynor (BAPS,
La Trobe) in supporting and organising
this conference. With the extremely
positive feedback, the team has already
begun planning for 2013.
Record attendance at Primary
Health Care Weekend
The new look PSA Victorian Primary
Healthcare Weekend had a record of more
than 200 registrants and attracted great
interest from sponsors.
The weekend was held on 21 and 22
April at its new venue at the Cossar
Hall on the Monash University Parkville
Campus. The educational program and
the associated trade exhibition were
extremely well received.
The Parkville site had been a hub for
pharmacy in Victoria for decades and
its accessibility and the state of the
art educational facilities from Monash
University made it the ideal venue for this
The Cossar Hall is a remarkable venue
for the trade exhibition and all agreed
that it is ideal for such activities that
bring everyone together to discuss new
pharmacy products and services.
Victorian Branch President and Chair
of the Professional Development
subcommittee Mark Feldschuh
thanked the Branch sta , the sponsors,
the Victorian ECP group, VPSA, RAPS and
BAPS for their hard work and support
which made the event so successful.
He said the feedback from everyone had
been extremely positive, and the bene ts
of running a major event at Parkville
Pharmacy assistants were also catered
for with a comprehensive Pharmacy
and Pharmacist Only refresher training
program running in parallel to the other
A new initiative -- running the inaugural
Victorian Pharmacy Students Conference
concurrently -- was also a great hit,
with more than 50 students attending
from all three pharmacy schools (more
NSW Branch Director Steven Drew, PDL CEO Marie Ritchie
and NSW PDL Director Albert Rigoli.
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