Home' Australian Pharmacist : September 2011 Contents To secure tickets for these events, see: www.pac11.com.au
Arriving by Taxi
Taxis take 20 minutes from the airport and
cost around $40.
Drop off points are at 1 Convention Centre
Place or 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf.
Arriving by Tram
Tram numbers 96, 112 and 109 travel down
Spencer/Clarendon streets and stop opposite
the Clarendon Street entrance of the MCEC.
Tram numbers 48 and 70 stop at the end of
Flinders Street. Walk towards the Yarra River,
across the new pedestrian bridge.
Arriving by Train
Take the train to Southern Cross Station.
Tram numbers 96, 109 and 112 travel past
Southern Cross Station down Spencer/
Clarendon Streets and stop opposite
Program to give you a business
and professional edge
PAC11’s theme of Discovery, Development,
Diversification is designed to help equip
delegates with the skills needed to meet the
challenges of pharmacy in the future.
Pharmacy is facing a raft of business and
professional changes and it is critical that
pharmacists have the skills to meet the
challenges and opportunities of the new
The areas of Discovery, Development
and Diversification have been identified
as essential pillars in the evolution of the
pharmacy profession, an evolution which is
leading to pharmacists playing an ever-greater
role in the nation’s new collaborative health-
For full program details go to
New PSA Web Site
The new PSA website will be launched at
PAC 2011, a move which represents an
exciting step for PSA and signals a big step
forward in how we deliver services to our
members. With a new professional design
and revised menu options, the site makes
it easier to find pharmacy-related information
and resources. We’ve made it much simpler
to submit CPD answers, browse our wide
range of online CPD courses, and register
for local workshops and events. Our online
bookshop has been improved with a more
professional appearance making it easier to
browse and place an order from our growing
range of titles.
The website search has been vastly improved
to make it easier to find relevant information
PSA National forum
The PSA National forum, being held on
Saturday 8 October, provides an opportunity
for PSA members to hear first-hand of
developments within the Society and also
to address questions to the PSA Board and
This year’s forum has been modified to better
meet the needs of PSA members and will see
a 30-minute presentation on PSA initiatives
leading into the Forum’s open discussion.
The presentation on PSA initiatives will look
at developments in the first year of the Fifth
Community Pharmacy Agreement as well
as issues of importance and relevance to
This is a chance for pharmacists to have their
say on issues of concern or relevance, so
make sure you don’t miss this opportunity.
Annual General Meeting
PSA has moved to a July–June financial year,
enabling the Society’s Annual General Meeting
to be held during PAC.
The Society’s first financial year AGM will
therefore be held on Friday 7 October at
17.30 and will give the opportunity for
unprecedented numbers of PSA Members to
attend and provide input into the running of
The PSA Board, Executive, Chief Executive
Officer and senior staff will also be present at
the AGM to answer questions from the floor.
A major component of the AGM will be
discussion and voting on proposed changes
to PSA’s Constitution.
The changes to the Constitution are available
at www.psa.org.au or contact your local
Branch on 1300 369 772 or the PSA Director
of Corporate Services on 02 6283 4774 or
via email at email@example.com with
PSA Excellence Awards
A highlight of the Congress is the presentation
of the PSA Excellence Awards, the pharmacy
profession’s most prestigious awards which
recognise individual achievement and the
important contribution that the pharmacy
profession makes to Australian society.
The awards acknowledge the achievers of
the profession: those involved in innovative
practice; those who are striving to raise
practice standards; and pharmacists who,
through their professionalism, provide a model
of practice which others strive to emulate.
Three awards are presented:
• Lifetime Achievement Award
• Pharmacist of the Year
• Young Pharmacist of the Year
The PAC poster presentations enter their third
year, having already established themselves as
one of the professional learning highlights of
the Congress in a very short time.
Posters are an important method of
communicating pharmacy practice and
research work and at PAC11 are displayed
in a designated area in the exhibition hall
to ensure delegates have an opportunity to
study them in detail.
Poster viewing and discussion with authors
is possible on Friday and Saturday from
12.30 till 14.00 .
The Pharmacy Student
of the Year
The Pharmacy Student of the Year (PSOTY)
counselling competition is now firmly
entrenched as one of the sessions of PAC that
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