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CSU scholarship winner
By Andrew Daniels
Charles Sturt University pharmacy
student Saina Paul has won the 2013
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
The scholarship is worth $5,000 per year
was established in 2005 and since then has
provided scholarships to seven students.
Accepting the scholarship Saina thanked
PSA for its generous scholarship.
'This scholarship is timely, in my final year
of university, as the financial support will
allow me to focus entirely on my studies
and Honours project rather than part time
and casual work commitments.
'It also helps me to prepare myself for next
year as an intern and supports me for my
application and membership fees. I am
very grateful for your donation and will try
to maintain a high standard throughout
my intern year and beyond,' she said.
Pharmacy Discipline Leader at CSU,
Associate Professor Maree Simpson,
said: 'Saina Paul is a remarkable young
woman and a very worthy recipient of a
'Saina is an all round performer, deeply
committed to pharmacy and to learning.
She is in her final year of a Bachelor of
Pharmacy (Honours) program where she is
investigating a novel antimicrobial agent.
She works part time in a local community
pharmacy and tutors first year students
'Saina has often commented on the
opportunities that the PSA scholarship
has opened up for her, giving her the
opportunity to buy texts and resources that
will help her as a student this year but also
support her through her intern year and
early professional practice years, Assoc. Prof
Previous scholarship include Sally Whiting
the 2010 PSA NSW Pharmacy Intern of the
Year and Daniel Flavel 2012 CSU Medal for
Academic Excellence winner.
Scholarship applications for 2014 open on
9 September and close on 21 November.
Further Scholarship information is available
at the CSU pharmacy website or from
telephone 1800 334 733.
Kardachi in Newcastle
PSA National President Grant Kardachi met
the pharmacists of the future face-to-face
when he spent a day with University of
Newcastle pharmacy students in late July.
He was a keynote speaker at a workshop
where 12 community pharmacist mentors
came together to share their practical
experience with 55 pharmacy students in
small working groups.
The workshop, for final year students of the
Master of Pharmacy Program was held at
the new Hunter Medical Research Institute
(HMRI) Building on the John Hunter Hospital
campus at New Lambton and was organised
by Chris Piggott, Chair of the University of
Newcastle Foundation Pharmacy Fund.
Mr Kardachi spoke about the future of
pharmacy, potential career paths for new
pharmacists and the broader health reform
agenda. He gave the students examples of
pharmacists working in non community
Associate Professor Maree Simpson and Saina Paul.
pharmacy settings to illustrate the potential
to use their skills in non-traditional
After his keynote address the group broke
into small groups and while some toured
the Research Facilities, others learnt about
Australian Reptile habits and others were in
small group sessions with local pharmacists.
That night they were joined by another
60 pharmacists at a Dinner in the HMRI,
followed by had a social function which
included an auction led by auctioneer and
pharmacist, David Bell, which raised funds
for the University of Newcastle Foundation --
Mr Kardachi spoke at the dinner and was
joined by Acting CEO of the Hunter Medicare
Local, Bryan McLoughlin who spoke
about how pharmacist can engage with
In between all of this Mr Kardachi also spoke
on local radio about pharmacy and its role in
ACT to adopt real time S8
ACT Health is implementing a real time
reporting system for controlled medicines
(S8s) in the ACT.
ACT Chief Pharmacist, Vivien Bevan, wrote
to ACT pharmacies in July to outline
the change which is expected to be
implemented by mid-2014.
The new system -- DAPIS/RTR -- is currently
used in Tasmania and will enable
pharmacies to submit dispensing records
for controlled medicines to the Health
Protection Service (HPS) electronically
in real time. Pharmacies that adopt the
software will no longer need to submit
paper records at the end of each month.
In the letter Ms Bevan also addressed
concerns about the Chief Health Officer
(CHO) approval system for controlled
She said that: 'ACT Health recognises the
difficulties that many pharmacists are
having in obtaining valid S8 scripts from
doctors, and that at times this has led to
conflict between doctors, pharmacists and
'ACT Health takes these concerns very
seriously and is currently undertaking
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