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'I believe HMRs are worth fighting for, and
that is what we must do. They don't belong
to us. They belong to the patients. We have
to keep our heads high, and if we continue
to act in the best interests of our patients,
I know we can prevail. These [HMRs] are the
best kept secret in health and we have a
duty to get [knowledge of ] them out there
for all the right reasons,' she said.
The award recognises an outstanding
contribution by an accredited pharmacist
to the practice of consultant pharmacy.
It includes a medallion and certificate,
plus a travel grant to the value of $10,000
to attend an international pharmacy
conference of relevance to the practice of
The award was presented by AACP
Chair Paul Sinclair and Nick Goodwin,
Commercial Portfolio Manager, Global
Brands, Established Products Business Unit
of Pfizer Australia.
They said that Deirdre was recognised as
an outstanding and unique consultant
pharmacist who as clinician, researcher,
mentor and educator has promoted the
profession and contributed extensively to
improve the quality of care for patients.
She was commended for her passion,
optimism, enthusiasm, professionalism and
sensitivity to the circumstances of patients.
Deidre Criddle is also the 2012 PSA
Pharmacist of the Year.
Three keys to better health
To get his message across about what is
needed to obtain better health outcomes
Professor Kamal Midha, immediate past
president of the International Pharmacy
Federation (FIP), used an image of a small
red tricycle when he delivered the annual
Barry L Reed Lecture at Monash University's
Parkville Campus last month.
The tricycle's back two wheels,
he designated as science and practice
which can be adjusted to move the front
wheel, education, to deliver a whole
system's patient-centred approach to
It was an image that resonated with
the capacity audience of pharmacy
professionals, academic staff and students
who attended the presentation.
identified one of the
challenges for the
of his trilogy for
outcomes as the
need to change the
emphasis of the healthcare spend.
'Currently more than 30% of the global
health care spend is expended on just three
diseases, while some 30 other neglected
diseases kill more than 11,000,000 people
worldwide every year,' he said.
The challenge for practice, according to
Professor Midha is to improve access to
essential medicines and to adhere to clinical
guidelines when treating common diseases.
'Less than two-thirds of children suffering
from diarrhoea are provided with oral
rehydration therapy, while more than
40% are treated with antibiotics, often
unnecessarily,' he said.
On the access front, Professor Midha
cited World Health Organization statistics
that show more than 30% of the world's
population lacks regular access to
medicines, with this figure rising to more
than 50% in parts of Africa and Asia despite
the increasing availability of low cost
'While essential medicines are only one
element in the continuum of health
care provision, they are a vital element,'
Professor Midha said.
When it comes to education as a means of
boosting health outcomes, Professor Midha
expressed his concern about the capacity
of countries where there is limited local
education to deliver research into local
solutions because of the lack of pharmacists
to support the implementation.
While Australia is in the fortunate position
of having 12 pharmacists for every
10,000 people, there is in fact a worldwide
shortage of pharmacists.
'There are two pharmacists per
1,000,000 population in Somalia for
example and 250 per 1,000,000 in South
Africa,' he said.
The 2012 Global Pharmacy Workforce
Report commissioned by FIP shows that
in the 82 countries surveyed there are
just 2,500,000 pharmacists servicing over
1.3 billion people.
Professor Midha's message for professional
associations, global health organisations
and higher education bodies around
the world was to take a focused and
collaborative approach to improving
pharmacy practice and science to enable
better discovery and development.
Governments must also act to provide
better access to cost effective quality
medicines while simultaneously improving
the use of existing medicines to provide the
best possible health care for patients.
on top of the world
It's official Australian
Pharmacist is read as far
afield as Nepal. PSA member
Tamara Filmer (pictured)
lives in Surkhet, 600 km west
of Katmandu. She works at
the local hospital and faces
some amazing challenges
every day when dispensing
and counselling hospital
patients and the people in
her community. As you can
see even finding a quiet place
to read uninterrupted can
be a challenge. You can read
about Tamara's life in Surkhet
in next month's issue of
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