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Excise increase welcomed
The Pharmacy Guild has welcomed
the Rudd Government's foreshadowed
increase in tobacco excise. Guild
National President, Kos Sclavos, said
the Guild supports the tax measures
because of their positive impact on the
health of any smoker who could quit.
'Any increase in the tobacco excise
is an important part of the armoury
of reducing smoking. However to be
fully effective, it must be accompanied
by a comprehensive and systemised
approach to supporting patients
overcome this addiction.' He said
community pharmacists were ideally
placed to instil the initial motivation to
A database-supported approach to
pharmacy curriculum development
at the University of Technology,
Sydney (UTS), is transforming students'
understanding of the relationship
between pharmacy theory and
practice. Grounded in constructivist
learning theory, the Master of
Pharmacy curriculum is 'mapped' using
a database that connects learning
outcomes across the theoretical and
practical components of the course.
Jim Woulfe, Educational Designer for
the UTS Graduate School of Health
said that to make sure students 'are
learning what we want them to learn,
we start with a learning outcome,
we provide them with activities that
address that learning outcome, and
then we assess it. The curriculum is
grouped in five thematic areas -- the
drug, the therapy, the pharmacist,
the health care environment and the
patient. We use the database to track
which learning outcomes are being
addressed in which learning activities'.
Fees no longer need to be a barrier for
pharmacists and interns improving
their management, business and
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
(PSA) has gained Government approval to
offer VET FEE-HELP for participants in the
newly accredited Graduate Diploma of
Applied Pharmacy Practice.
The approval is part of PSA's charter to
expand and enhance access to learning
and education to all pharmacists
VET FEE-HELP is a loan program to help
eligible students enrolled in higher-level
vocational education and training (VET)
courses at approved VET providers to pay
their tuition fees.
PSA interns can elect to enrol in four
units of the Graduate Diploma of Applied
Pharmacy Practice and defer their entire
course fee through VET FEE-HELP.
of the PSA, Grant
Kardachi, said the
a reflection of PSA's
the future of the
'PSA interns now have the option to
study now and pay later and complete
units of a postgraduate qualification so
that they are a step ahead in their career,'
Mr Kardachi said.
'PSA has a proven track record in
providing high-quality education for
interns and pharmacists.
'The new Graduate Diploma of Applied
Pharmacy Practice enables you to
deliver better business results and build
'PSA provides an integrated education
program throughout your career and you
can learn at your own pace and in your
Resistant gonorrhoea in
The inevitable arrival of extensively-drug
resistant (XDR) gonorrhoea in Australian
cities was the focus of a session on
day two of the Australasian Society for
Infectious Diseases (ASID) Gram Negative
'Superbugs' Meeting on the Gold Coast.
Associate Professor David Whiley of the
Queensland Children's Medical Research
Institute (QCMRI), the University of
Queensland, told delegates that, while
no XDR strains had been detected in
Australia so far, the general consensus
among sexual health experts was that it
would only be a matter of time.
'The XDR strains that have been reported
so far in places like France and Japan are
simply a slight variant of a multi-drug
resistant clone that appears to have
spread very quickly throughout the world
over the last 10 years,' says Dr Whiley. 'And
we know we have considerable numbers
of these multi-drug resistant varieties
already in Australia. So it very likely that
a super-resistant or XDR strain will arrive
sooner or later.'
Rates of gonorrhoea are particularly high
among gay men (officially termed men
who have sex with men), as with other
developed nations. Travellers (of any
sexuality) that visit Asia are also at a much
higher risk of contracting drug resistant
strains and then transmitting these on
returning to Australia before they are
diagnosed and treated.
'Another unique issue we face in Australia
is that rates are disproportionally higher
in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
communities: approximately 30 times
greater than non-indigenous people.'
The Advanced Pharmacy Practice
Framework Steering Committee (APPFSC)
met in late June and discussed several
important initiatives. The Committee report
• Advanced pharmacy practice survey.
Analysis of the outcomes of the advanced
pharmacy practice survey has been
completed and a manuscript is being
prepared for publication. The Committee
recognised that work it undertakes on
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