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Pharmacy in the elds
Every May Agfest attracts people from
all around Tasmania, from all rural,
towns and cities. More than 700 stall
holders occupy a large site 20 km from
Launceston at Quercus Park, Carrick. It is
a huge tent city and coping with 0 deg
to 15 deg, rain, hail and sun is all part of
HealthStop, a collaborative effort by the
PSA Tasmanian Branch and the Tasmanian
Faculty of the RACGP together with the
University of Tasmania has been part
of Agfest for many years. This year, 130
students from the Schools of Medicines,
Exercise Science, Nursing and Pharmacy
and students from the rural health
club Rustica, participated in a range of
activities to promote preventive health.
After three hectic days at Agfest,
Tasmania's premier agricultural field day
and 65,000 people later, we can now say
we made 869 hand creams for Mother's
Day and provided 1,000 blood pressure
checks. SimMan, the patient simulater
medical model for teaching students had
countless anaphylactic reactions, asthma
attacks and cardiac arrests.
For the people who came into our tent,
half of those who filled in the evaluation
are going to improve their fitness and diet
and one third are off to their GP, while
93.7% said we provided good advice!
Blood pressure measuring, exercise
fitness testing, SimMan demonstrations
together with having your arm plastered
and making a hand cream kept both
children and adults enthralled! Eric, the
Swap It, Don't Stop It Blue Man changed
height regularly throughout the days as
students wore the suit and promoted
healthy life changes.
This tent was an interprofessional
experience for students and health
professionals with all undertaking
the various activities, taught by other
students and supervised by their
University teachers. This year, the
activities of some of the participants
and students will be followed up as part
of research projects at the University
The Tasmanian Branch is proud to be part
of this activity, providing a primary health
care program to rural and city Tasmanians
while promoting the pharmacy profession
to the public, other health students and
Paddocks beat gridlock
Since swapping the gridlock of
Parramatta Road for the open space and
broad horizons of country NSW, Orange
pharmacist Tim Denham has found his life
on the fast track.
Tim left Parramatta
when he completed
high school to
study a Bachelor of
Pharmacy at Charles
(CSU) in Orange in
2005. Now managing
a local pharmacy and, with wife Elyse
expecting their first child, Tim said he
couldn't imagine living anywhere else.
Mr Denham graduated in 2008 and
undertook an internship in nearby
Bathurst before returning to work in
Orange where he married Elyse in 2012.
'I've found there are personal and
professional opportunities available here
that aren't as readily available in the city,'
'There are more opportunities to be
involved with the local community,
greater professional opportunities to
progress my career and a much more
relaxed and affordable environment to
raise a family.
'I've also found there are a lot of people
who have moved here from Sydney in
the past few years for the same reasons,
so there are plenty of people in a similar
situation which makes it much easier to
make new connections and friendships.'
CSU Pharmacy discipline leader,
Associate Professor Maree Simpson, said
metropolitan students were sometimes
surprised to find CSU could not only offer
first-class facilities, a safe community and
cheaper accommodation, but also an
active community and social life.
'We find many students come because
they have found through research or
word of mouth that country NSW can
offer a safe community in which to raise
children, lower housing costs and cheaper
purchase costs for pharmacies, which
provides opportunities to become a
partner or owner much sooner,' she said.
'If the student comes from a rural
area, then they can study in a similar
environment and retain their connection
to their home communities. We have
found that many country students
do return to their home regions after
graduation, bringing with them valuable
skills that are still often in short supply in
'If the student comes from a larger
regional or metropolitan community
then they have the opportunity to see
some different models of practice in a
new setting and experience the ongoing
professional relationships with regular
patients that tend to be typical of
For his part, Mr Denham considers his
own choice a winner.
'I love it here,' he said.
'We're building a house in Orange and
I can't see myself going back to Sydney
any time soon. The Orange region offers
more for us in terms of career, family, and
lifestyle factors. But it's the community
around us that has made this our home.
And the sunsets are fantastic'.
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