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Action packed PDL Centenary Lecture
The Tasmanian PDL Centenary Lecture
on the 12 June was an outstanding
Guest presenter, mountaineer
extraordinaire Michael Groom, thrilled
and delighted the audience with stories
of life changing experiences, avalanche
survival, coming down a mountain
with temporary blindness and climbing
mountains with all toes amputated.
For many in the audience it was an
inspirational presentation and a night
that will not be forgotten. The audience
was also treated to a surprise concert
by local Tasmanian guitarist Cary
Lewincamp to complete the evening.
During the evening PSA Tasmanian
Branch President, Dr Shane Jackson,
presented a Life Fellow Certi cate to
Kevin Morgan and Life Membership
Certi cates to Jocelyn Watson, Ernest
Targett, Geo Noar and Athol Townley.
Congratulations also to Michael Moss
and Shirley Graver who have also
become Life Members.
Kevin Morgan, Ernest Target, Shane Jackson, Jocelyn Watson and Athol Townley.
ACT pharmacy regulation
The ACT Health Directorate has written
to pharmacy owners in the Territory
informing them of the Minister for
Health's decision to introduce a new
licensing scheme for community
pharmacies in the ACT.
In the letter, ACT Health Protection
Service Chief Pharmacist Vivien Bevan
said that Chief Minister and Minister
for Health, Katy Gallagher, had made
her decision following a consultation
process triggered by the imminent expiry
of the current restrictions on pharmacy
ownership at the end of July 2012.
The letter outlined that the licensing
scheme would, 'mean that a community
pharmacy owner will need to hold
a licence in order to legally own a
community pharmacy in the ACT.
'The current restriction on who may
[or may not] own a community pharmacy
under the Health ACT 1993 will be
maintained beyond 1 July 2012 by the
insertion of a new equivalent restriction
in the Public Health Regulation 2000.'
The proposed new licensing scheme
will be implemented in the latter half
of 2012. (The e ect of the changes will
be to maintain current requirements for
pharmacy premises). 'Although there will
be a new requirement for community
pharmacy owners to hold a licence, the
requirements for community pharmacy
premises will be e ectively maintained.'
The letter said that, 'The ACT Government
considers it important to ensure that
restrictions on community pharmacy
ownership and premises are maintained
in the interest of ensuring the safe supply
of medicines to the public'.
Red undies y high in NT
By Andrew Daniels
A Northern Territory intern has set what
must be the standard for kidney health
In late May as part of Red Undies Week
Chloe Kay, a PSA National Intern Training
Program (NITP) intern at Northpharm,
which is located in the foyer of the Royal
Darwin Hospital, organised a full day of
health promotion activities focussing on
kidney health as part of her intern course.
The event was a huge success and even
attracted local television news coverage.
Chloe said she was very happy with
'I never expected so many people to stop
and be tested. All of the di erent services
were very helpful on the day,' she said.
'We successfully screened 45 people on
the day, three of whom consented to us
contacting their GP directly for referral;
a number of others did not wish us to
contact the GP direct, instead preferring
to make their own appointment. One
person was even directed into the
emergency department with elevated
BP (225/120). They were complaining of
chest pain from the previous evening.'
The promotion included renal nurses who
work across Renal Services NT including
in dialysis, transplant and on the wards at
Royal Darwin Hospital.
Chloe decided to focus on kidney health
because the pharmacy provides renal
services and kidney health t in with it.
'It took a bit of planning and envisaging
what it would look like but the results
were worth it,' she said.
Damien Fagan, the senior clinical
pharmacist at Northpharm was so
inspired by the event's success and
Chloe's hard work organising it that he
contacted Australian Pharmacist to share
'I think it really is a good news story
of what community pharmacy can be
involved with and a real inspiration for
other NITP interns and shows what kind
of health promotion activities they can
get involved in -- not just the usual 'table
with lea ets' approach.
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