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fields to ensure continuity of care for
'The focus of this symposium was
aged care and we examined issues
such as diabetes, glaucoma, healthy
ageing, depression, palliative care
and rheumatoid arthritis. Although
it is improving, we still tend to work
in professional silos -- particularly in
private practice settings. Work silos
don't allow us to see the wider health
picture and realistically don't allow our
patients the same opportunity either.
'The symposium confirmed that
multidisciplinary care models are
the way for the future and the
collaboration of health professionals
is an integral and much-needed step
in this process. To expand our clinical
footprints, we must recognise the
skills and scope of practice of firstly
ourselves and then of our health
colleagues, respect each other and,
most importantly, know how to
complement one another.
The symposium was held jointly by
the PSA Queensland Branch, the
Optometrists Association of Australia
Queensland and the Northern Territory,
the Australian Association of Social
Workers, LifeTec Queensland and the
Health Fusion Team Challenge.
Sydney University PSA
The University of Sydney Faculty
of Pharmacy celebrated the
achievements of its students and staff
with its annual awards ceremony in
Fourth year student Rose Cairns
was awarded the PSA NSW Branch
Ltd Gold Medal and the Prize for
Proficiency in Pharmacy 4th Year.
Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of
Pharmacy, welcomed the guests and
gave special thanks to the Faculty's
industry sponsors for their support
for the event and the faculty, many of
whom attended the event to directly
present to the award/scholarship
recipients. Professor Marie Carroll,
Director of Academic Affairs from the
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
presented all other awards on behalf
of the University.
Undergraduate and postgraduate
students received prizes sponsored by
the PSA NSW Branch Ltd, Blooms The
Chemist, The Pharmaceutical Society
of Australia, the Society of Hospital
Pharmacists of Australia, McGraw-Hill,
Blackmores, Amgen Australia and the
Guild Insurance Group.
Five staff members of the Faculty
were presented with awards
for teaching and support of the
student experience. Students who
received university scholarships or
academic merit prizes in 2010 were
The President of the Pharmacy Alumni
Association presented the Pharmacy
Alumni Award for Achievement to a
1968 alumna, Janette Roberts, for her
work 'over the last 30 years to make a
difference to the shape of an optimally
healthy next generation'.
The ceremony was held in the
Sutherland Room in the Holme
Building on campus.
PSA NSW Branch Ltd student
• Edwina Alington: Prize for Master
of Pharmacy 1st Year.
• Simone Touma: Prize for Master of
Pharmacy 2nd Year.
• Jacky Hanh: Prize for Proficiency in
Pharmacy 1st Year.
• Daniel Trajikov: Prize for Proficiency
in Pharmacy 2nd Year.
• Vincent Viengkhou: Prize for
Proficiency in Pharmacy 3rd Year.
• Rose Cairns: Prize for Proficiency in
Pharmacy 4th Year.
• Rose Cairns: Gold Medal.
Gold medal awarded in SA
The PSA South Australia Gold Medal
is a prestigious award that dates
back to 1896.
The 2010 award was presented
to Courtenay Trainor at the PSA
Autumn Weekend recently. This was
no small achievement, as it is only
presented in years where a student
Health symposium success
The inaugural Multidisciplinary Health
Symposium, held on the Sunshine
Coast in Queensland in May, proved
to be a very successful and timely
gathering of health professionals from
a range of disciplines who examined
ways of working collaboratively
to improve the health outcomes
Bruce Elliot, President of the PSA
Queensland Branch, one of the
groups behind the symposium, said
the meeting had been a 'phenomenal
success', with 90 registrants across at
least five health professions.
'All participants came away with
an increased knowledge and
understanding of how we can all
work together collaboratively and
cooperatively. The meeting was also
timely with the announcement of the
first 15 Medicare Locals due at any
moment because the participants
are among those who will be pivotal
to the success of the Medicare
Mr Elliot said the symposium was
developed to bring together allied
health professionals from a variety of
Bruce Elliot addresses the Symposium
L to R: Peter Botham, Leonie Sheil, Bruce Elliot
and Krissie McDonald.
L to R: Edwina Alington, Daniel Trajikov, Claire
O'Reilly (NSW Branch Vice President and PSA
Board member), Jacky Hanh, Rose Cairns,
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