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'Jessica has worked actively with
local community health, particularly
with mental health nurses and
diabetic educators to ensure optimal
treatment outcomes. They have been
actively involved in training staff and,
in particular, ensuring the correct
handling of S2 and S3 requests using
'What, stop, go' and Project Stop.
'One of their successful initiatives
was the "Quit smoking make a date"
promotion that led to an increase
in people who wanted to quit
smoking, with an increase in sales in
'She is highly professional, thorough,
practical and dedicated with
leadership and maturity beyond her
' Dr Nissen said.
Queensland graduate of
The inaugural recipient of the
Queensland Branch Professor
James Dare Graduate of the Year
award is Joe Montieth from the
University of Queensland.
This year, the award was renamed the
Professor James Dare Graduate of
the Year in commemoration of one of
the founding fathers of the profession
in Queensland and to recognise his
contribution to the development
of the first school of pharmacy in
Queensland in this the centennial year
of the UQ School of Pharmacy.
The nominations were:
• QUT -- Ashleigh Coome
• Griffith -- Benjamin Thurgood
• JCU -- Rachel Rhodes
• UQ -- Joe Monteith.
Dr Nissen said, 'What an impressive
group of graduates we had to choose
from. The future of the profession
looks bright with the amazing calibre
of all our graduate finalists.
'Joe is inspirational with his
commitment to the profession,
his studies and the wider community,
Each School of Pharmacy nominates
a student for the award from the
Dr Nissen said the award is not about
academic performance but is rather
the 'all around good guy' award. 'Some
of the qualities we're looking for are
great communication and interpersonal
skills, sound academic performance,
leadership, initiative, contribution to the
student community and strong ethics.
Drugs of Addiction Forum
Genetic factors contribute up to 60%
of the likelihood of developing a drug
addiction problem, according to Dr Mike
McDonough, Chief Advisor, Addiction
Medicine, at the Victorian Department
of Health. As such, drug dependent
persons are unfairly regarded as
being weak willed. Addiction should
be treated as another chronic disease
state and, in fact, the mainstays of drug
dependence treatment, methadone and
suboxone, are now listed on the WHO
essential medicines list.
Almost 130 health professionals,
including general practitioners, drug
and alcohol clinicians, representatives
from the Department of Health and
pharmacists, enjoyed the forum
which included discussion on the
bio-psychosocial approach to drug
dependency, recent trends in
prescription opioid use both locally and
overseas, immunisation as a possible
future treatment, other co-existing risk
factors, the need for further training for
pharmacists and GPs working in the
field and the inadequacy of the current
Irvine Newton, Chair of the Victorian
Harm Minimisation Working Group,
said he was pleased with the level of
interest demonstrated at the forum.
'This is a reflection of the seriousness
of the issue and the need for PSA to
take action to support and encourage
pharmacists and other health
professionals to address and manage
this significant health challenge.
UTAS pharmacy goes
Tasmania's next generation of
pharmacists have access to the latest
dispensary designs and technology
thanks to the opening of a new
model dispensary at the University of
Tasmania's School of Pharmacy.
The direct dispense format dispensary
was donated by Chemmart Pharmacy,
with Willach providing some of
Professor Greg Peterson, Head of
the UTAS School of Pharmacy, and
Chemmart Pharmacy Executive
Director Jonathan Layton joined UTAS
students, staff and other professional
representatives to officially open the
dispensary in late November.
Prof Peterson said, 'The provision of
this real-life pharmacy dispensary, made
possible through the generous support
of Chemmart Pharmacy and Willach, will
help ensure UTAS pharmacy students
develop real life skills within a simulated
educational environment, and are
practice-ready on graduation.
'Graduates sit a national competency
exam in their intern year and 100% of
UTAS BPharm graduates passed the
exam in 2008 and 2009 (2010 data is
not yet available).
Jonathan Layton said Chemmart's focus
on professional services and direct
dispensing is closely aligned with the
approach being taken by the University
of Tasmania's School of Pharmacy.
'Our focus on professional health
solutions and direct dispensing is
driving real value for pharmacists and
it's great to be able to give students
at UTAS the chance to trial and
become familiar with this model. The
model dispensary will help students
become more comfortable with face-
to-face contact and giving health
advice, which is where the future of
community pharmacy is headed.
'We're certainly finding that up-and-
coming pharmacists are now looking
for a stronger balance between the
professional and retail side of their
Willach's FAMA round shelf and
drawer systems are being depicted as
part of the model, giving students the
opportunity to become familiar with
the latest dispensary technology.
Mark Warburton, Director of Willach's
Australian Operations, said, 'It is
important that our pharmacy students
are familiar with new technology
and dispensary designs which
continue to be integrated into the
Australian pharmacy environment.
We are pleased to be able to give the
students at UTAS this opportunity.
Pharmacy student Ayden Brown and Holly
Greeves (from the School of Pharmacy) in the
new model dispensary.
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