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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
is clearly not to be missed, where State and
Territory finalists compete to demonstrate
their counselling skills and professional
knowledge in front of an audience of
delegates and their peers.
The event recognises outstanding pharmacy
students by showcasing their skills and
abilities to the pharmacy profession while
also giving the students a chance to apply
their skills and be judged on them – thus
learning from the experience and being able
to apply new knowledge to their professional
The winners of the event – one selected
by the judges and one by the audience
– are announced on Sunday in the wrap-
up session. The PSOTY 2011 National
winner will receive the Alphapharm National
travel prize of an expenses paid trip to the
International Pharmacy Student Federation
(IPSF) Congress in August 2012.
PAC11 a credit to pharmacists
PAC11 will provide delegates with an
opportunity to gain many of the CPD
credits required by the Pharmacy Board for
Up to 12 Group 2 CPD credits are available
for attendance and successful completion
of the multiple choice based assessment for
the AACP Consultant Pharmacists’ Forum at
the PAC pre-congress session on Thursday
6 October. Attendees of other pre-congress
sessions can gain up to 6 Group 1
Up to 20 CPD credits are available for
attendance at PAC sessions over three days
from Friday 7 October – Sunday 9 October.
There are several options for attending a
two-hour long workshop to gain group 2
CPD credits on the afternoon of Sunday
Credits for attendance will automatically
appear on your PSA CPD record. This is
enabled via scanners that record delegates’
details at the beginning of each session –
all you need to do is register and show up to
the sessions you wish to attend.
Go to www.pac11.com.au to register.
Unique Gala Dinner event
It’s time to don your glad rags and meet
members of the mob at the drum to spend
the night hoofing, grubbing and dipping
Well that’s how it would have been put in the
1920s, which is the theme for the black-and-
white gala dinner being held on Saturday
night 8 October from 7pm till late at the
In today’s language, that invitation would read:
It’s time to dress up and meet your friends at
the hall (speakeasy) to dance, eat and drink
the night away.
The PAC Gala Dinner is the highlight of
the range of social events at PAC11 which
are designed to add enjoyable social and
networking opportunities which complement
the educational sessions of the Congress.
And what better counterpoint for the serious
business of the Congress than a fun black-
and-white Roaring ‘20s dinner.
The Early Career Pharmacist Breakfast
Session on Friday 7 October, tackles the
very important issue of Pharmacy and the
law, and examines it with a case scenario
of a pharmacist being sued for breach of
An interactive mock court case will be held
which challenges early career pharmacists to
consider the ethico-legal issues in a scenario
they may encounter in daily practice.
Another Early Career Pharmacist social
function is the very popular Early Career
Pharmacist Cocktail Party where you can
exchange news, network and socialise with
other pharmacists in the early stages of their
pharmacy career.This event is always popular
and a highlight of the Congress.
The cocktail party will be held on Friday,
7 October from 7.30pm–9pm at the Tonic
Bar at Crown Promenade and is another
opportunity for you to exchange views and
ideas, catch up on developments in the
profession and generally rekindle or make
new friendships while having a great time.
The Friday Networking Dinner is being held
for the first time and makes the most of
Melbourne’s famous reputation for being a
city of great and exciting restaurants.
Enjoy this dinner with friends and colleagues
who have similar interests - whether it be
an interest in rural pharmacy, a desire to
learn more about becoming an accredited
pharmacist or just an interest in a relaxing
dinner with colleagues. The networking
dinner provides you the opportunity to talk
freely and in a relaxed environment about
the professional and other issues that are of
interest or concern to you.
For something completely different, the Bush
Breakfast with Robbo on Saturday morning
at the Convention centre from 7am–8.30am
promises to be one of those events that
PAC11 delegates will be talking about for a
long time to come, and you can be one of the
lucky ones to be there in person.
To register for any of these social activities visit
the PAC11 website www.pac11.com.au
The Great Debate
The Great Debate enters its third year at
PAC11 and has already established itself
as one of the highlights of the Congress.
A light-hearted break from the sessions
and workshops, the debate examines a
serious issue in an entertaining way.
This year there will be a wide range of
speakers from different areas of the
profession and industry debating the
topic ‘Too Many Pharmacists Spoil the
Broth’ – asubject selected because of its
relevance to the profession today and into
the future, as well as for its potential to
enable speakers to inject a light note into
Presented in a fun but informative way,
the debate will pit pharmacist against
pharmacist to try to thrash out the thorny
issue of whether there are too many
pharmacists in the workforce.
This year’s speakers are Vivienne Mak,
Dimitra Tsucalas and Gilbert Yeates
for; who will face Karalyn Huxhagen,
Mick Nunan and Jeff Hughes against.
Alison Roberts is chair.
A wide range of pharmaceutical companies
and pharmacy suppliers are exhibiting in
the PAC11 exhibition area in Hall 6.
PAC exhibitions have long been held to be
among the profession’s most targeted and
worthwhile vehicles for getting information
to the pharmacists at the frontline of
Register online at www.pac11.com.au and
get ready to secure your pharmacy future
at this year’s best pharmacy congress.
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