Home' Australian Pharmacist : November 2011 Contents Vol. 30 -- November #11, 2011
The forum identified five work
• developing a career structure
aligned to career paths,
• defining an educational structure
aligned to career paths,
• a professional capability campaign,
• a clearly defined model of care
across patient groups with agreed
collaboration between health
• addressing capacity.
Ms Plant said that a recently
completed community pharmacy
anticoagulation service pilot study
conducted in 15 pharmacies had
'sensational results'. It found a 17.1%
improvement in adherence.
'The response was overwhelmingly
positive. The GPs involved get the
results as they become available.
It showed potential to save lives,
reduce harm and to save money.
If the proportion of people with atrial
fibrillation taking anticoagulation
therapy increased from 32% to 50%,
this could prevent approximately
200 strokes a year in NZ with a cost
saving of around NZ$17 million a year.
'This (model) could be extrapolated to
other conditions such as diabetes or
metal health. We see this as cracking
open the future of pharmacy in New
' she said.
AGM draws record
numbers at PAC
In a first for PSA the Society's annual
general meeting (AGM) was held in
conjunction with PAC11 and attracted
a record number of members.
PSA President Grant Kardachi said
the AGM was particularly memorable
as the new PSA Constitution was
approved by members at the AGM.
The changes recommended were
largely procedural with a number
of changes to the Constitution
recommended; the two major ones
being the number of Board Members
States and Territories have, based
on their membership numbers, and
staggered terms for Board members.
During the AGM, Mr Kardachi told
Members that it was the first AGM
under the PSA's new reporting
structure based on the financial year,
and so his report covered the period
January 1 to June 30 2011.
Motions from the floor canvassed
ways in which PSA can support
greater consistency in the professional
conduct of its members and thereby
provide an example to the profession.
The year began sadly with the
devastating floods in Queensland,
NSW and Victoria, and fires in WA.
PSA was instrumental in helping
set up a fund to aid victims, and
participated in fund-raising activities.
'Early in the year, PSA put forward
a budget submission proposing a
Liaison Pharmacist Program to be
funded through Medicare Locals to
help the Government deliver early
gains in the health reform process
and, in particular, to improve the
health outcomes of consumers with
Mr Kardachi said while this submission
did not receive funding it served its
strategic purpose of bringing attention
to the role pharmacists can play
in mental health and this impetus
accelerated during the first six months
of the year.
'The much greater national focus on
mental health has afforded PSA many
opportunities to promote a greater
role for pharmacist in this area, as well
as a recognition of pharmacists as
health care clinicians,
' he said.
'The ongoing implementation of Fifth
Community Pharmacy Agreement
programs continued and we set about
developing and implementing ways in
which PSA can support our Members
with education and training programs
in readiness for these new programs.
'PSA has also launched its online
Preceptor Training Course which
further recognises the important role
preceptors play in the profession
and how they set the future career
foundations for students in their
'Ongoing issues with the Australian
Health Practitioners Regulatory
Agency prompted a Senate Committee
Inquiry at which PSA gave evidence.
The inquiry's findings were critical of
APHRA and it operations, especially in
the area of delays in registering health
' Mr Kardachi said.
'PSA hit a milestone with our
membership topping the 16,000
mark for the first time. This is a huge
achievement and clearly validates
PSA's claim to being the organisation
that represents all pharmacists across
all sectors. It also gives us added
strength in our advocacy and lobbying
'During the year we also moved to
extend our breadth of professional
association with other groups
by signing MoUs with the
Pharmaceutical Society of New
Zealand and the National Association
of Pharmacy Students of Australia.
'Workforce issues also created a
lot of debate but PSA did not buy
into this as we are awaiting robust
data which will paint a clear picture
of whether there is indeed a glut of
pharmacists or a mal-distribution of
'Part of our collaboration with
other groups is our involvement
with the Pharmacist Coalition for
Health Reform which launched a
Pharmacists the best-kept secret in
healthcare campaign which is gaining
traction across the profession and is
another way in which PSA continues
to highlight to Government the
critical roles of pharmacists.
'We also had a range of meetings
with other stakeholders such as
Palliative Care Australia, the Heart
Foundation, the Consumers Health
Forum, the Department of Veterans'
Affairs, Alzheimer's Australia,
Diabetes Australia -- and a host of
other groups, all with the purpose of
lifting the profile of pharmacists and
highlighting the skills we have.
'The Constitutional Review
Committee completed its very
extensive and detailed work on
reviewing the Constitution and I
know you have a lot of details of that
in your AGM packs and will vote on
Forum airs member
concerns and ideas
By Andrew Daniels
The annual PAC National Members'
Forum once again allowed members
to raise issues and ideas with the
The closed session allowed members
to speak openly and frankly with their
PSA President, Grant Kardachi said
the National Members' Forum also
showcased some of the ways in
which PSA is seeking to deliver value
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