Home' Australian Pharmacist : Australian Pharmacist February 2011 Contents Vol. 30 -- February #02
Pharmacy opens at
Acting Victorian Premier and Minister
for Bushfire Response Peter Ryan
recently visited Marysville businesses
recovering after the 2009 bushfires,
including a new pharmacy.
The pharmacy's opening, a first for
Marysville, follows the re-opening
of the Australia Post franchise in
the town's main street, and the
establishment and re-building of small
businesses in recent months.
The pharmacy is temporarily located
at Marysville Central shopping centre,
which was established by the State
and Federal governments to provide
new and existing businesses with
temporary accommodation during
the rebuilding and recovery of
Marysville. Permanent facilities will
be established by pharmacy owner
Andrew Clayton with the assistance
of a $100,000 grant recently awarded
through the Victorian Bushfire
Business Investment Fund.
'The new pharmacy, together with the
re-opening of the local post office last
week and the recent establishment
of new businesses and re-opening
of existing businesses, is a great
confidence booster for the local
' Mr Ryan said.
Service in SA
The Victorian-based Pharmacists'
Support Service (PSS) has expanded
its service to South Australia.
Pharmacists in South Australia can
now contact this anonymous service
for the cost of a local call.
PSS offers support to pharmacists
who want to talk to a colleague
about any issue including workplace
stresses, pharmacy practice matters,
work or personal pressures, health
issues including mental health
concerns and drug and alcohol
misuse. The PSS provides discreet,
non-judgemental, privacy-assured peer
support. The pharmacists answering
calls are all volunteers, each trained
in the Lifeline model of telephone
counselling, and can also link callers to
other expert services when necessary.
The expansion into South Australia
follows on from Tasmania in May
2010. The service is now available
in three states and part way to the
organisation's goal of becoming a
The President of PSS, John Coppock,
said, 'We are taking the expansion
one state at a time to ensure that
appropriate planning and quality
assurance is in place. We also have
to ensure that sufficient funding is
available. Expenses increase every
time we add a state.
'We would like to go north once
funding is assured. We have already
received a number of requests for
assistance from Queensland'.
More information about the service
is available at: www.psa.org.au/site.
An outstanding Offshore
The 2011 Offshore Refresher
Conference will be the most
successful conference to date with
more than 250 registrations already
Conference Chair Warwick Plunkett
said, 'An outstanding faculty of
speakers led by Professor Andrew
McLachlan will cover neurology,
ophthalmology, and GI tract in addition
to streams on therapeutic updates and
The faculty will also cover a diverse
range of professional and business
topics that will give participants in the
conference the latest information on
ideas, techniques, developments and
services, ensuring their professional
development is greatly enhanced
through attendance at the conference.
In addition, participants can earn
up to 50 Continuing Professional
Development credits. The Conference
will be held in Venice and Salzburg
from 1--10 May.
• Bruce Annabel, a consultant and
industry commentator, and a leading
authority on the financial, strategic
planning and business aspects of
• Dr Jenny Gowan, a consultant
pharmacist to the North East Valley
Division of General Practice.
• Bill Horsfall, a consultant
accredited pharmacist working
for the Greater Monash General
• Debbie Rigby, a consultant clinical
• Dr Sepehr Shakib, the Director
of the Department of Clinical
Pharmacology at Royal Adelaide
Hospital whose main interest is
patients with multiple comorbidities.
• Dr Danny Stiel, a consultant
gastroenterologist and Clinical
Director of the Royal North Shore
Hospital's Division of Medicine and
• Dr Peter van Wijngaarden, a
research fellow at the Royal
Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in
Full conference details are
available in the registration
brochure which can be downloaded
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