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MoU with students renewed
PSA's relationship with the National
Australian Pharmacy Students' Association
(NAPSA) was strengthened last month
with the renewal of the Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) between the
The MoU aims to further develop the
strong working relationships between the
PSA National President Grant Kardachi,
said the re-signing was a significant
development in the ongoing growth of
relations between PSA and NAPSA.
Chris Braithwaite, National President of
NAPSA, said that NAPSA was proud to
continue the fantastic relationship that has
been developed with PSA over many years.
The MoU is structured to ensure that
pharmacy students are well supported and
that their interests are well represented.
It also sets out the basis for ongoing
support in the pharmacy profession after
they graduate from university.
The MoU's objectives are to:
• assist NAPSA Executive in the efficient
administration of the organisation;
• assist NAPSA in accessing PSA products
and services; and
• offer NAPSA members professional
development opportunities through
Mr Kardachi said, 'I am delighted that PSA
and NAPSA are continuing this relationship
which recognises the pharmacists of the
future, and the pharmacy leaders of the
future, as well as the role PSA can play
in building their careers and practices.
Over many years now the relationship
between PSA and NAPSA has grown and
developed into one which is of great
benefit to the profession as a whole.
'With members covering every sector of
the pharmacy profession, PSA represents
the vast majority of pharmacists practising
in this country. Partnering with NAPSA
gives the pharmacists of the future access
to resources and skills to help them build
their career and move into the profession
after they complete their studies.
In addition, this MoU complements PSA's
free student membership which gives
pharmacists of the future access to the
Society's broad range of resources to
help further their career. This is a great
beginning for students who then transition
into the wider collegiate PSA family which
supports them throughout their entire
professional career,' Mr Kardachi said.
Chris Braithwaite said, 'PSA plays a critical
role in our profession and to expose
students to its functions and services
through NAPSA only eases the transition
from student to pharmacist. To announce
this at our annual Congress was a fantastic
opportunity for our members to be
exposed and involved in this relationship.
'We look forward to the coming two years
and implementing the objectives and
initiatives of the agreement'.
Horses for courses
PSA is taking an innovative approach in
educating early career pharmacists to
become future health leaders.
It will use horses in a special workshop to
accelerate learning for ignite leadership
program participants to further develop
their skills in communication, team
building, relationship development
Experiential learning with horses is a
powerful and effective way to learn.
Working with horses is a somatic
experience designed to increase an
awareness of self and help to activate the
creative thinking of those involved.
Importantly, it enables participants
to develop their non-verbal
communication, which forms up to 80%
of all communication.
ignite is PSA's new leadership program
and aims to develop high-performing
early career pharmacists into future
leaders who will drive strategy, change
and innovation in all sectors of the
The program offers a unique leadership
development experience that broadens
the understanding of leadership and aims
to develop leadership skills; taking into
account the personal leadership goals of
those taking part in the program.
It combines interactive workshops,
experiential learning, distance learning,
inspirational speakers, personal
mentoring, networking opportunities and
a practical workplace project to develop
participants as future leaders.
The name ignite was chosen because
PSA feels that "leaders ignite the spark to
inspire and influence others."
This innovative program has been
made possible through the support of
Alphapharm and PDL. Full details of the
program, including an application pack,
are available on the PSA website.
Grant Kardachi and Chris Braithwaite .
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