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New Victorian Branch
After four years as Victorian Branch
President, Mark Feldschuh handed over
the presidency to Michelle Lynch on
Incoming President Michelle Lynch said
she was honoured to be Branch President
and looked forward to working with the
committee members and the national
team to achieve the best outcomes and
services for PSA members.
'Pharmacy is always facing new
challenges and I will endeavour to ensure
our branch serves and supports Victorian
members to the best capacity'.
She thanked Mark for his commitment
and dedication during his term as
president, and for his support and
mentoring of her in the Vice-President
role, and now in the transition to the
presidency. Mark will continue to serve
and support branch members as the Chair
of the Victorian PD subcommittee and as
a Branch Committee member.
Under Mark's leadership as Victorian
President, the Victorian Branch
went through extensive changes to
become part of a truly uni ed national
organisation, breaking down many
barriers and helped establish a new
cohesive national culture.
Over the four years of Mark Feldschuh's
presidency, the Victorian Branch
continued to support its members
and o ered what it believes is a
comprehensive and accessible CPD
program through an extensive regional
CPD program in 15 centres across
the state. Mark has also signi cantly
strengthened PSA's advocacy activities
with key Victorian politicians, health
professional groups and the media.
He established strong links with all three
Victorian pharmacy schools and their
student bodies, providing excellent career
support to many young pharmacists
and students through various training,
recruitment and mentoring programs.
Mark said he was very pleased to be
handing over this important role to his
deputy, Michelle Lynch.
'Michelle has been an excellent support
for me and I have no doubt that she
will bring new ideas and concepts to
take Victorian member services to the
Mr Feldschuh thanked Victorian
members, fellow committee members,
area coordinators, various volunteers
who have served on numerous working
groups and subcommittees, the branch
director Bill Suen and the Victorian Branch
O ce sta for, 'making his presidency so
rewarding and satisfying'.
Michelle Lynch has had broad
experience in both community and
hospital pharmacy. She currently works
as a pharmacy consultant o ering various
pharmacy expertise and management
services to pharmacies, public and private
hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.
Michelle also works in community
pharmacy to keep up her skills and
practice knowledge. She asked members
to contact her anytime to discuss matters
of their interest or concern, so she can
direct the Branch's e orts in meeting the
And new SA Branch President
The South Australian/Northern Territory
Branch has a new President for the rst
time in 15 years.
At its meeting last month long time
President Grant Kardachi stood down and
Sue Edwards was elected president.
The incoming o ce bearers are:
• President: Sue Edwards
• Vice-Presidents: Lyn Banner and Grant
• PSA national Board Director: Grant
Outgoing state President Grant Kardachi
said that after 15 years as President
he was delighted to be handing
over to someone of Sue's experience
and knowledge of the
'I believe Sue has a
good knowledge of
the broader health
reform agenda. She
works with DATIS,
with a Medicare Local
and has vast experience in consultant
pharmacy. She has completed many HMRs
and has a wide network of contacts in
community pharmacy as a result.
'Most importantly, at a time when
pharmacy is trying to expand its health
professional role, Sue understands the
bigger picture and she will be a real asset
to PSA in coming years,' Mr Kardachi said.
Ms Edwards has also been appointed by
PSA as one of its nominees to the Board of
the Australian Association of Consultant
Pharmacy. She has replaces outgoing AACP
Chair, Debbie Rigby. She was recently
named the 2012 AACP P zer Consultant
Pharmacist of the Year.
WA tackles obesity
The Pharmaceutical Society of Western
Australia (PSWA) has welcomed the WA
State Government's campaign tackling
obesity. The rst phase of a $9.1 million
initiative, launched by Health Director
General Kim Snowball last month,
seeks to break new ground and shift
community attitudes toward weight and
PSWA President John Harvey said, 'obesity
is a social disease and often causes
various secondary conditions such as
hypertension, diabetes, joint pain, mental
health problems, even fertility issues.'
With encouragement from PSWA, WA
pharmacists are already taking a proactive
approach to the obesity issue by o ering
health based solutions. 'The primary role
of a pharmacist is to act as a triage, a
" rst stop" for anyone with a health query.
We encourage people to initially talk to
their pharmacist if they think they have
an obesity problem as pharmacists have
extremely e ective health initiatives in
place ranging from discussion groups,
nutritional advice and referral to
physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists
to psychologists and support groups"
Mr Harvey said.
Michelle Lynch and Mark Feldschuh
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