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Pharmacy Research Trust
The Pharmacy Research Trust of NSW
is seeking applications for its 2012
The trust promotes, fosters, develops
and assists the pursuit of research and
post-graduate education and study in
all branches of pharmacy provided the
work is related to research into the
causes, prevention or cure of disease
in human beings, animals or plants.
The trust is seeking applications for
a) Research project grants from
which may include requests for
or scholarships for postgraduate
b) Seed funding from less
established researchers, usually of
fewer than three years' standing,
or for support of established
investigators in exceptional
circumstances (as determined
by the Research Committee).
Such projects should be capable
of leading to sufficient results to
enable subsequent applications for
funding to larger granting bodies.
Under the terms of grants, all research
projects and seed funding, other than
scholarships for postgraduate students,
will have a maximum duration of two
years. All postgraduate scholarships
will have a duration of three years
(PhD) or two years (Masters), with a
possible extension of six months in
the case of PhD scholarships. When
examining applications, the Research
Committee will consider:
• The overall quality of the project.
• The quality of the applicant and the
successful track record of applicant
(as judged by the applicant's
experience and research record).
• The case that the research is
worthwhile and the likelihood of
success within the stated timeframe.
• The likelihood that new knowledge
will emerge from the research.
• That the level of funding requested
is sufficient to achieve the stated
outcomes, and whether additional
funds have been sought or approved
from other funding bodies.
• That the investigator has the
capacity to take the project to a
• Established researchers will be
required to justify their need to
seek funding from the Pharmacy
Research Trust of NSW in
preference to any other external
Applications close on 9 December.
Details are available on the PSA
website at: www.psa.org.au
Pain management award
The 2012 PSA Award for QUM in
Pain Management has opened for
The award recognises a pharmacist
who has made an outstanding
contribution to the Quality Use of
Medicines through direct clinical care
of consumers with persistent pain.
The pharmacist's contribution may
be in one or more of the following
• Non-prescription medicines and
• Medication review
• Disease state management.
Nominations will be adjudicated
against a selection of the goals of the
National Pain Strategy. The recipient
of the 2012 award will receive a
conference prize package of travel,
accommodation and registration for
PAC12 and ConPharm 2012 to the
value of $6,500. The award is once
again being strongly supported by
Mundipharma as a way to support
the valuable contribution pharmacists
make in the area of pain management.
Applications can be made on behalf of,
or by, the nominated pharmacist and
will be accepted up until 1 May 2012.
Further information and an application
form is available on the PSA website
The 2012 PSA Award for QUM in
Pain Management is supported by
Compounding supplier NxGen
Wholesaling has teamed up with
Curtin University to launch the first
university compounding short course
available to all pharmacy graduates.
According to Nxgen there has
been high demand for a quality
compounding specific course and
there are currently no courses
designed exclusively for all qualified
pharmacists in Australia who wish to
specialise in compounding.
The course, Contemporary
compounding and formulation, is due
to commence in mid 2012.
Andrew Rowe, General Manager of
NxGen Wholesaling said, 'It is about
time pharmacists were properly
trained in compounding at a
university level. It is very worrying
the level of knowledge some
graduate pharmacists have on basic
compounding and biopharmaceutics.
'We can help with providing all
equipment, chemicals, bases and
technical support but urge everyone to
complete the university course before
they get started,
' Mr Rowe said.
The course is designed to go
further than simply demonstrate the
processes behind compounding but
teach the reasons behind formulating
medications. It will take pharmacists
back to the roots of pharmacy by
teaching them formulation principles,
compounding calculations, routes of
administration and biopharmaceutics
and quality control.
50 years of ibuprofen
This month marks the 50th
anniversary of the discovery of
ibuprofen. To mark the anniversary
Reckitt Benckiser brought world
authority on ibuprofen, Professor Kim
Rainsford to Australia to talk about his
favourite topic -- ibuprofen.
The recipient of the 2011 Award, Western
Australian pharmacist Penny Tuffin, with Carolyn
Winkler from Mundipharma
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