Home' Australian Pharmacist : May 2011 Contents Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre
6–9 October 2011
For further information see: www.pac11.com.au
The three days of PAC11 sessions, plus the day of
pre-Congress sessions and workshops, will help
delegates keep up to date with the latest research
relevant to their everyday practice.
PAC11 will also assist in the development of
professional skills and provide information and
ideas about new tools to improve pharmacy
practice, and in turn the health outcomes
PAC11 provides the opportunity to move beyond
talking about the need to change and defines what
role pharmacists can play.
The Congress will give an unprecedented
opportunity to broaden skills and competencies,
and learn from researchers, practitioners and
consumers about research and developments that
will help shape the future of the profession and its
part in the changing health-care environment.
To help target and focus on the Discovery,
Development, Diversification theme, each day
of the Congress will be devoted to one its main
elements, with pre-Congress sessions aimed at
specific interest areas of the profession.
Thursday, 6 October
The pre-Congress sessions are tailored to suit
many of the diverse interests of the profession
and are an ideal lead-in to the main Congress
program. Delegates can register separately for
these important events.
These sessions are:
• Military Pharmacy Special Interest Group
• Harm minimisation
• AACP accredited pharmacists’ forum
• Pharmacy practice in government meeting
• Pharmacy in health forum
Friday, 7 October
The first day of the Congress is devoted to the
theme’s element of Discovery of knowledge
through academic and practice research,
market inquiry and experimentation to break
new ground professionally and in the area of
running pharmacy businesses.
The highlights of the day are:
• Early Career Pharmacist breakfast session:
Pharmacy in the law
• Opening of the Congress by The Hon.
Nicola Roxon MP, Minister for Health and
• PSA Excellence Awards
• Poster display/sessions (during lunch time
in the exhibition area)
• National finals of the PSOTY counselling
The concurrent sessions for Friday are
divided into four sections: Advanced Clinical,
Therapeutic Update, Professional Practice/
Management and Practitioner Presentations.
PAC11’s theme of Discovery, Development,
Diversification will be encompassed in its
wide-ranging but targeted program sessions
which will help to equip delegates with the skills
they need to meet the challenges of pharmacy
in the future.
So comprehensive are the professional and
business changes sweeping the profession that
it is essential pharmacists have the skills to meet
the challenges and opportunities of the new
Discovery, Development and Diversification
have been identified as essential pillars in
the evolution of the pharmacy profession.
This evolution is leading to pharmacy playing
an ever-greater role in the nation’s new
collaborative health-care system.
One of the foundations of the profession is its
continuing discovery of knowledge through
academic and practice research, market
inquiry and experimentation to break new
ground professionally and in the area of running
Saturday, 8 October
On Saturday, the Congress will focus on the
latest research relevant to pharmacists that
will help pharmacists in the Development
of professional skills as well as providing
information about new tools to improve
your practice, and in turn the health
outcomes of consumers.
The highlights of the day are:
Address during the opening plenary by President
of the Phamaceutical Society of New Zealand,
Elizabeth Plant, on the Development of
Pharmacy Practice in NZ.
• Poster Display/Sessions (during lunchtime in
the exhibition area)
• PSA National Forum
• Gala Dinner.
The concurrent sessions for Saturday cover
Advanced Clinical, Therapeutic Update, and
Professional Practice/Management, with the final
stream focusing on Self Care; a session aimed at
both pharmacists and pharmacy assistants.
The Advanced Clinical sessions kick off
with Penny Tuffin looking at palliative care
and strategies for end-stage medication,
with the afternoon sessions being devoted
to Dr Julie Cichero looking at how to
overcome swallowing difficulties and the
modification of medications, followed by
Professor Andrew McLachlan giving an update
on optimising anticoagulant use in older people.
The Therapeutic Update sessions will include a
very relevant presentation by Dr Wendy Brodribb
on Medicines in breastfeeding – supporting
breastfeeding for mothers and their babies, while
the Professional Practice/Management sessions
will include a look by Greg Duncan at a subject
high on everyone’s agenda these days – the use
of social networking sites in practice – how to
do it well.
Sunday, 9 October
The final day of the Congress explores the third
element of the theme, that of Diversification
which is the key for the future of the pharmacy
profession. Sessions will showcase new practice
areas to boost professional and business
The highlights of the day include the
Great Debate – Too Many Pharmacists
Spoil the Broth?
Workshops in the afternoon are divided into the
topical areas of:
The Advanced Clinical sessions will include
presentations by Dr Tony Smithyman on
the challenge of overcoming antibiotic
resistance, a look at the drug burden index
and how it can be applied to improve health
outcomes presented by Dr Sarah Hillmer,
and Professor Jurgen Gotz examining
dementia and understanding the underlying
mechanisms and translating into practice.
The final session of the day in this stream
will be by Professor Ross McKinnon
who will delve into pharmacogenomics –
and putting research into practice.
The range of sessions on Therapeutic
Updates include a presentation by
Dr Guy Gavagna on new drug pipelines,
and the overuse and abuse of medicines
presented by Mile McDonough.
A highlight will be a panel including
John Coppock, Dr Safeera Husseiny
and Mike Donough who will debate
• Ethical dilemmas in the pharmacy:
• Emergency contraception – Is it like any
• The deliberate misuse of medicines –
Should you intervene?
The Professional Practice/Management
sessions kick off with a very topical
presentation on mandatory professional
obligations – CPD, mandatory reporting,
professional indemnity given by
Steve Marty, followed by a panel discussion
on the role of pharmacists in Medicare
Locals. The final session of the day will
cover compounding in pharmacy and
Jenny Giam will ask, ‘When is a pharmacist
• The 10 Most Significant Clinical
Interventions in Pharmacy
• Pharmacist Interventions in
Drug and Alcohol
• Business Management and
• Breaking Down Psychological Barriers
• Critical Appraisal
• Pharma Industry – Experience the Flavour.
Sunday’s concurrent sessions will be held in the
morning and will mirror those of Saturday with
sessions on Advanced Clinical, Therapeutic
Update, Professional Practice/Management and
In the Advanced Clinical area, highlight sessions
will include Emeritus Professor Ian Webster
looking at chronic disease management in
homeless people while those attending the
Therapeutic Update sessions will hear from
speakers including Professor Jeff Hughes
who will give tips on interpreting lab data in the
PSA Board member Dr Shane Jackson will
lead off the Professional Practice/Management
sessions with a look at 5CPA professional
services – and how to get started in them,
followed by Phil Woods on marketing for
pharmacists, NOT pharmacies.
And to end PAC11 on a relaxed and social
note, a wine tasting will conclude the
You also have the opportunity to contribute to
the PAC11 program by submitting either an
oral or poster abstract. Call for Abstracts close
at midnight on Monday 6 June. Information
regarding the Call for Abstracts is available here:
Full program information and online registration
is available at: www.pac11.com.au
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