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Medicines in camouflage
Global Drug Safety Conference (GDS) has
attracted some excellent local presenters.
One of them is Major David Bullock.
In a career spanning 25 years of service
predominantly with the British Army
and more recently with the Australian
Defence Force (ADF), he has managed
the expeditionary healthcare support
to military conflict and humanitarian
assistance responses across
One of his most challenging tasks
and greatest accomplishments is the
co-writing and co-execution of a health
support plan for the British support to
Operation Iraqi Freedom, within which
drug and pharmaceutical integrity played
a challenging role.
Major Bullock will present on
Medicines in Camouflage – Risks in
He will provide an insight into how the
Australian Army manages Medication
Safety and risk involved with the
supply of medicines within the military
expeditionary setting, while ensuring
the safety of its staff, legitimacy of
pharmaceuticals and maintaining
a suitable cold chain. Major Bullock
will outline the role and structure of
the ADF health services team, their
training and how they work together
to ensure medication safety and
mitigate risk, as well as discussing issues
and barriers to pharmacy support in
providing expeditionary healthcare in
‘ The ADF’s ability to provide tailored
levels of healthcare across global
settings in short time frames requires
robust pharmaceutical and medical
logistic support strategies that support
the spectrum of healthcare from basic
primary health through to secondary
surgery and rehabilitation.
‘ The ADF health services are required
by legislation, and professionally
committed to ensuring that regardless
of locality, infrastructure availability
and demographics of the population at
risk, pharmaceutical safety, security and
legitimacy is held paramount throughout
mission planning and execution’.
GDS, with the theme of Revitalising
Drug Safety – The Decade of the Patient,
is being held in Brisbane from 14-16
October. Further information is available
Ian Frazer to give the Alan
Russell oration at PAC13
Professor Ian Frazer, the 2006 Australian
of the Year, will present the 2013 Alan
Russell oration at the Pharmacy Australia
Congress in Brisbane in October.
In his presentation Prof Frazer
will describe the journey he went
through to develop cervical cancer
Prof Frazer is a clinical immunologist.
His research group studies the
immunology of papillomavirus associated
cancers. In 1991, along with Chinese
colleague, Dr Jian Zhou, he developed
the virus-like particle technology which
has become the basis of vaccines to
prevent cervical cancer. He has recently
been appointed as CEO and Director
of Research of the newly created
Translational Research Institute in
Prof Frazer was selected as Queenslander
and Australian of the Year in 2006. He was
also awarded the 2008 Prime Minister’s
Prize for Science, the 2008 Balzan Prize
for Preventive Medicine, the 2009 Honda
Prize and was recently elected as a Fellow
of the esteemed Royal Society of London.
In 2012, Professor Frazer was appointed a
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Professor Frazer will also speak at the
Global Drug Safety Conference 2013
(GDS2013). His topic is: The global drug
safety continuum – From bench to bedside.
With the theme of Revitalising drug safety
– The decade of the patient, GDS13 will
be held at the Brisbane Convention &
Exhibition Centre from 14–16 October
immediately following the Pharmacy
Australia Congress which runs from
10–13 October also at the Brisbane
Convention & Exhibition Centre.
PSA is offering joint packages for GDS13
and PAC13 with packages for both
conferences. Further information is
available at www.psa.org.au/pac or
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