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Advanced practice survey
The next stage of the advanced Pharmacy
Practice project is underway and the steering
committee wants to know what types of
advanced practice pharmacists are already
To this end the committee has released a
survey and has invited input fro pharmacists.
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework
Steering Committee is a profession-wide
collaborative forum established to
progress tasks and initiatives associated
with the national competency standards
Late last year it released an Advanced
Pharmacy Practice Framework for Australia
(the APPF) on behalf of the pharmacy
profession. The APPF was subsequently
endorsed by the Pharmacy Board of Australia.
The next stage of the advanced pharmacy
practice project centres on implementing
the APPF. The committee has released the
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Survey as a first
step and is seeking input from pharmacists
who may already be practising at an advanced
level or are actively working towards this goal.
The survey will help committee to determine
what areas or types of 'advanced' level practice
Australian pharmacists are involved in.
This work will complement the committee's
other activities which include the
development of a possible pathway for formal
recognition of advanced pharmacy practice.
The survey can be accessed at:
HPV vaccination for boys
Australian school boys can now be protected
against cancers and disease caused by
Human Papillomavirus (HPV), under a
new program launched by the Minister for
Health, Tanya Plibersek. Starting in February,
Australian boys aged 12--13 years can get
vaccinated in schools with the consent of a
parent or guardian. There will also be a catch-
up program for boys aged 14--15 years during
2013 and 2014. Ms Plibersek said the boys will
join more than one million girls aged 12--16
years who have already been fully vaccinated
since the free HPV school vaccination program
started in 2007. Over 280,000 boys will be
eligible for the vaccine this year.
CSU enters the virtual world
Charles Sturt University (CSU) Bachelor
of Pharmacy students will enter a virtual
world this year.
The University has installed 'virtual
pharmacies' on its campuses at Orange
and Wagga Wagga, allowing students to
role play real-world scenarios they are
likely to encounter during their practical
work placements in the community.
Head of CSU's School of Biomedical
Sciences, Associate Professor Lyn Angel,
said the new facilities reflected the
University's focus on producing job-ready
graduates who are highly valued
'Charles Sturt University seeks input from
the profession and the pharmaceutical
industry throughout our four year
pharmacy program, and it's one of the
reasons why our graduate employment
rate consistently approaches 100%,"
'We find pharmacists welcome Charles
Sturt University students on work
placements and as interns because
they understand pharmacy is about
more than just preparing and handing
CSU Pharmacy discipline leader Associate
Professor Maree Simpson said the virtual
pharmacy installations were designed
to further prepare students to hit the
'The virtual pharmacy uses three video
screens which can run simulations, either
together or simultaneously," she said.
'Each of the scenarios has been
developed with advice from the
profession to reflect real-world situations,
and specifically for the University's use so
that they are tailored to our curriculum.
'It means students can experience what
it might be like to be the pharmacist in
charge and be dealing with a customer at
the register while delegating other staff
to deal with a shoplifter in one part of the
shop while another staff member helps
someone who is sick.'
The shelves of the virtual pharmacy are
filled with real medications and students
will be required to wear their placement
uniforms to each practical session.
'It's designed to assist with their
professional socialisation and identity,'
Professor Simpson said.
Pharmacy students Jack Buckley, Akira Hobson, Ellie
Butina and Anvita Madan in their CSU uniform.
The new virtual pharmacy installation at CSU in Orange.
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