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practice. In fact, intended patient
outcomes are not achieved in a large
proportion of cases.
'Issues such as proper dose
administration, generic substitution
confusion, drug/drug and drug/
food interactions and poor patient
compliance can contribute to less
than optimal outcomes to more than
50% of patients. But pharmacists
can help reduce this rate.
'Pharmacists can advise on side
effects and other reactions to
medicines. They can also advise on
areas outside of taking medicines
which help in improving the
wellbeing of cancer patients.
'Lifestyle changes can help improve
the effectiveness of medicines
and can include weight reduction,
smoking cessation, diet and
exercise -- all of which are changes
advocated by the Blue September
' he said
Mr Kardachi said pharmacists
already work collaboratively in a
hospital setting with other health
professionals and were therefore
good sources of information for
cancer patients about the overall
'Allaying fears of the unknown can
also be a crucial role for pharmacists
to play with new cancer patients.
Pharmacists are the best-kept secret
in health care!' he said.
Members have shown a great deal
of interest in the proposed changes
to the PSA Constitution. Some of the
more frequently asked questions are
set out below.
We have a Constitution that has
worked well since unification;
why change it?
The Constitution has been in operation
since July 2007 and unification
since March 2008. With a few years
of operation a number of issues
have arisen which suggest that it
needs clarification. In addition, it is
good practice for an organisation
to periodically review its governing
Does it change the fundamentals of
what PSA does or offers members?
The changes relate largely to
governance of the organisation, not
service delivery. PSA will continue to
do what it is good at: representing its
members by advocating for change in
Pharmacy and delivering world class
CPD and other services. In fact, the
proposed changes enhance members'
rights within PSA.
Why do it then?
Without introducing drastic change,
the proposed amendments continue
the growth of PSA as a modern
energetic organisation and ensure
members' rights are protected
through a guaranteed say in
What are the key changes proposed to
There are many changes proposed,
most of which are to clarify its
operation without changing the
original intent. The key changes
introduce staggered Board terms,
a fixed election cycle and clarify the
number of Board Directors each
State/Territory is entitled to. Overall,
the proposed changes are consistent
with the themes which underpinned
the unification of PSA into a single
What are staggered Board terms?
This occurs when a proportion of
the Board Directors (in this case one
third) is elected each year, rather
than en masse every three years.
Once elected, each Board member is
eligible to serve a three-year term.
When talking about the proposed
changes, you say the current Board
arrangements present a substantial
risk to PSA. What are those risks?
Under the current arrangements
Board Directors are elected for a
period of three years and can remain
on the Board for a maximum of four
terms of three years. While unlikely,
all Board Directors could potentially
not return to the Board at the end of
any single three year term or reach
their maximum number of terms at
the same time. Introducing staggered
Board terms spreads this risk.
Changes are proposed only in
the Constitution -- what about the
The Constitution is the contract
between PSA and its members. The
By-Laws are a subservient document
to the Constitution and cannot
change any of its terms. Rather,
the By-laws tend to expand on the
implementation of the rights provided
in the Constitution. The By-Laws
may be changed by a 75% vote of
the Board and will be revisited if
the changes to the Constitution are
accepted by PSA members.
Will the proposed changes have any
effect on my membership fees?
No. If adopted these arrangements
will not have any effect on future
membership fee changes and will not
result in higher running costs for PSA.
Vice President, Claire O'Reilly assists President, Grant Kardachi apply the blue paint
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