Home' Australian Pharmacist : August 2011 Contents Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
6–9 October 2011
To secure tickets for these events, see: www.pac11.com.au
PAC11 will provide delegates with an
opportunity to gain much of the CPD
credits required by the Pharmacy Board
Up to 12 Group 2 CPD credits are
available for attendance and successful
completion of 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 CPD credits.
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 9th of October.
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
PAC11, being held in Melbourne from
6–9 October 2011, is the pharmacy
profession’s pre-eminent event.
With the profession undergoing major
change, this year’s theme of Discovery,
Development, Diversification has been
selected to help focus on the evolving
nature of the profession, and to help
pharmacists meet the challenges and
opportunities that these changes present.
The elements Discovery, Development,
Diversification are essential parts of the
pharmacy professions’ development
as it plays an ever-greater role in the
nation’s health-care system, as we
move to a collaborative model under the
PAC11 will be held at the Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre which
has been specifically designed to facilitate
displays and ensure delegates get the
most out of sessions, workshops and
During the Congress, delegates will be
brought up-to-date on new practice areas
for pharmacists, and leading researchers
and experts will present on a range of
topics that will help attendees discover,
Many points to attend PAC11
develop and diversify their practice –
giving them a competitive and professional
edge to move into the future.
In addition to the educational and
business sessions, PAC11 features an
extensive social program to provide plenty
of opportunities to network and mix with
old and new friends.
The Congress traditionally attracts up
to 1,000 delegates and brings together
PSA members and non members, as well
as industry professionals, to learn and
network in a relaxed environment.
On top of the wide educational range of
events, a diverse social program ensures
that delegates have plenty of time to
network and catch up with old friends or
make new ones.
Go to www.pac11.com.au to register.
Presentations to suit all
The need for a new paradigm to deliver
health care and to meet the needs of the
long-term mentally ill who are homeless
will be examined by Emeritus Professor of
Public Health and Community Medicine at
the University of NSW, Ian Webster AO, at
PAC11 this year.
Emeritus Professor Webster will examine
the key elements in the management
of chronic disease which are self care,
involvement with the health care team,
anticipatory care and the “chain of care”.
“At each level there are major obstacles
to the effective management of chronic
disease and disabilities in homeless
people,” Emeritus Professor Webster said.
“This difficult but important task will be
presented against the backdrop of the
epidemiology of disease in homeless
populations, with special reference to
mental health and coexisting substance
Emeritus Professor Webster is also
Consultant Physician in the Shoalhaven
region with special interests in co-existing
mental health and substance use disorders,
chronic pain and addiction.
From 1976 to 2007 he was honorary
physician to the Matthew Talbot Hostel for
the Homeless in Woolloomooloo, Sydney
and now visits a clinic for the homeless at
the Exodus Foundation, Ashfield, Sydney.
He is Patron of the Alcohol and other
Drugs Council of Australia and past
Chairman of the Alcohol Education and
He is Chairman of the Australian Suicide
Prevention Advisory Council, the NSW
Expert Advisory Group on Drugs and
Alcohol, the Governing Council of the
Ted Noffs Foundation and the Centres
for Primary Health Care and Equity at the
University of New South Wales.
Emeritus Professor Webster was made an
Officer in the Order of Australia in 1995 and
received the Prime Minister’s Award in 2009
for outstanding work in the field of drugs
In another major PAC11 presentation,
developments in treatment strategies
for Alzheimer’s disease in the context of
pharmaceutical settings will be discussed
by noted authority Professor Jürgen Götz.
Professor Götz, who is Chair of Molecular
Biology and Director of the Alzheimer’s and
Parkinson’s Laboratory at the Brain and
Mind Research Institute of the University of
Sydney, will be presenting on Dementia –
Understanding the underlying mechanisms
and translating into practice.
Professor Götz said recent clinical
strategies for Alzheimer’s diseases
included vaccinations and the modulation
of the formation, aggregation and
clearance of proteins such as Abeta,
“To test treatment strategies, we
established transgenic mouse models
that reproduce key features of the human
pathology,” Professor Götz said.
“These treatment strategies will be
discussed in the context of ongoing
strategies for AD in pharmaceutical
Professor Götz studied biochemistry at
the University of Basel, and earned his
PhD in immunology in the laboratory
of Nobel Laureate Georges Köhler at
the Max-Planck-Institute in Freiburg,
After postdoctoral work at UCSF and the
Preclinical Research Division at Novartis in
Basel, he established his reputation in the
Alzheimer’s field as a research group leader
at the University of Zürich (1994–2005).
His major research interests are in the
development and analysis of transgenic
mouse models for Alzheimer’s disease
and related dementias using the tools
of functional genomics. Furthermore,
he is interested in the physiological and
pathological functions of the microtubule-
associated protein tau, and how tau
interacts with the amyloid-beta peptide.
Professor Götz’s prsentation will be part of
the PAC11 Advanced Clinical Stream of the
Concurrent Sessions being held on Friday
afternoon, 7 October.
Emeritus Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
at the University of NSW, Ian Webster AO.
Professor Jürgen Götz
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