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The Australian Pharmacy Council
(APC) has released the Accreditation
Standards for Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) Activities.
The review commenced in 2007.
The ultimate outcome of the review
is the production of these standards,
which were developed in collaboration
with the organisations that accredit
CPD activities to ensure consistency
in accreditation outcomes. Accredited
CPD will be assessed against the
Standards and will carry the APC
Accredited CPD logo. In accordance
with the Health Practitioner Regulation
National Law Act 2009 Section 47:
Approval of accreditation standards,
the Pharmacy Board of Australia has
now approved the Standards for
use, effective 1 July. Providers must
be accredited to the Standards by
New NAC Director
Dr Joanna Wriedt has been appointed
as a Director of the National Asthma
Council Australia. An experienced
lawyer, Dr Wriedt has spent more than
20 years in leadership positions in
both the public and private sectors.
Previously she was a policy advisor
to a federal health minister, a role
where she provided strategic policy
and funding advice on national
health priorities, including asthma;
medical research, biotechnology and
gene technology; and the National
Health and Medical Research Council.
National Asthma Council Australia
Chairman Associate Professor
Noela Whitby AM said Dr Wriedt's
appointment would add valuable
expertise to the NAC board and
ensure that it has the right balance
of knowledge and skills as it moves
forward with new opportunities.
PSA swings into England
The 300 delegates to PSA's 38th Offshore
Refresher Course arrived in Britain during
May to enjoy a combination of exciting
social events and almost unbelievably
Undoubtedly the highlight of the
conference was the quality of the
comprehensive education program
provided by speakers from both Australia
and the UK.
In an opening address to the conference
Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
President, Martin Astbury, spoke about
two special initiatives recently established
in community pharmacy in Britain.
The first of these, the Healthy Living
Pharmacy concept, was developed in
Portsmouth and began there in 2010.
In addition to the normal core services
of medicines supply and the provision
of self care advice, it aimed to provide
structured high quality NHS services
such as weight management, smoking
cessation and emergency contraception.
According to Mr. Astbury, in just one
month, pharmacies in Portsmouth made
more than 3,600 alcohol interventions
and directly referred 29 individuals to a
specialist alcohol service.
There are now over 500 Healthy Living
pharmacies across 28 areas of the UK.
An evaluation including more than
1,000 people who accessed an NHS
service or wellbeing advice from one
of the pharmacies, indicated that more
than 60% would have gone to their GP
had they not known about the services
offered and 20% said they would not have
The second innovation is a service
which provides support for people with
long term illness and who have been
prescribed a new medication for asthma,
COPD, type 2 diabetes or hypertension,
or who have been prescribed a new
blood thinning medication. Patients
are recruited at the time of the
initial prescription and two further
consultations are arranged at fortnightly
intervals. Funding for this project up to
£55 million per annum has been provided
for 2012 and 2013.
The 20 presenters, the largest number
at any of the 38 refresher courses thus
far, provided expertise on topics such as
mental health, cardiovascular disease,
pain management, respiratory disease,
complementary and herbal remedies,
osteoporosis, hepatology, renal disease
and business management.
During the Offshore Refresher Course
were further cemented when PSA and
the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
officials met at the RPS headquarters
at Lambeth to discuss community
pharmacy services in Australia and the
UK -- including medicine use review
programs, chronic disease management,
pharmacy immunisation programs,
and pharmacy's role in providing self care
and minor ailment treatment and advice.
Agreement was reached to collaborate on
two projects -- diabetes management and
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