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PSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,
Gerard Stevens, was further honoured in the
Queen’s birthday honours list last month
when he was made a Member (AM) in the
General Division of the Order of Australia
for significant service to the pharmaceutical
industry and to community health.
Mr Stevens introduced
the Webster system
that reduces nursing
with allied health
medication wastage and government costs,
and encourages better use of pharmacists’
clinical and educative skills. He has
been managing director of Webstercare
Medication Management Systems since
the 1980s, Chair of the Dean’s Community
Pharmacy Reference Group, University of
Sydney, since 2009 and a technical adviser
to the Department of Health and Ageing for
Mr Stevens has also addressed compliance
in Aboriginal communities. An example of
the success of the Webster system Clamshell
is compliance in the Tiwi Islands where
medication collection alone has increased to
more than 60%.
Pharmacist, Dr Lynn
Weekes, CEO of NPS
1998 has also been
made a Member (AM)
in the General Division
of the Order of Australia
for significant service to
community health through the promotion of
quality use of medicines.
PSA National President, Grant Kardachi,
congratulated Dr Weekes and Mr Stevens
on their recognition in the Queen’s Birthday
‘Both Dr Weekes and Mr Stevens are
most deserving of this award and both
epitomise the high standards, dedication
and commitment that is a feature of the
profession in Australia. They are both great
examples of the very high standards that
consistently make the profession one of
the most trusted professions in Australia
and their example is one which provides
inspiration to all other pharmacists.’
Mr Kardachi said.
Baby boomers risky vintage
Peninsula Health’s Older Wiser Lifestyles
(OWL) program is Australia’s first older adult
specific alcohol and other drug service.
We applaud Peter Waterman’s article in
the April issue of Australian Pharmacist
since it raises awareness of the under
reported issue of alcohol-related harms
among older Australians. As Mr Waterman
notes, lack of adequate screening is a key
barrier to identification. However, a useful
screening tool that was not addressed
by Mr Waterman is the Alcohol-Related
Problems Survey (ARPS).
Developed at UCLA especially for older
adults, the ARPS is a computerised
screening tool that identifies hazardous
and harmful alcohol consumption using
176 algorithms. These algorithms consider
alcohol consumption within the context
of various categories of prescription
and over-the-counter medication use,
in addition to medical history and
functionality. It provides the older
adult with an individualised report and
information about how they might reduce
their risk factors.
The OWL program has recalibrated the
ARPS for Australian standard drinks and also
updated the medications for the Australian
context. The new Australian ARPS software
has been beta tested and piloted in local GP
clinics and wards in hospital settings. We are
currently assessing the psychometric
properties of the Australian ARPS.
The Australian ARPS can be freely accessed
by contacting Katherine Walsh from the
OWL program on (03) 9784 8109. We think
that it is a valuable tool and hope to see it
Stephen Bright & Katherine Walsh
Stephen Bright is Senior Clinician within Peninsula
Health’s Drug and Alcohol Program, Frankston, Victoria.
Katherine Walsh is Team Leader of Peninsula Health’s
Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL) program, Frankston,
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Self Care restructured,
PSA’s Self Care program has been
reinvigorated and restructured
After extensive consultation with
Self Care members and staff the new Self
Care was launched at CPExpo last month.
PSA National President Grant Kardachi
said the relaunch involved major
improvements to the program, as well as
new features and initiatives.
He said that Self Care has evolved
because the pharmacy sector is always
evolving and the profession needs to
keep pace with these changes.
‘Self Care feels like an old friend to many
of us so rest assured you are not losing
that old friend. That old friend is still
there but revitalised, reinvigorated and
refocussed for you.
‘Self Care has evolved because the
pharmacy sector is always evolving – and
we as a profession need to keep pace with
these changes. We have also listened to
Self Care pharmacies about what they
want from the program and so we have
moved to make sure that as many of
these improvements are incorporated
into the new-look Self Care as possible,’
Mr Kardachi said.
‘ We are listening to what you, our
members, want. And we have improved
the program because we want all
of our members to have access to
Better business results
Better customer service
Better staff training
Better be part of Self Care!
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