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The PSA has welcomed the appointment
of Hon Peter Dutton as Minister for Health
and Senator Fiona Nash as Assistant
Minister for Health.
National President of PSA, Grant Kardachi,
said the appointments reflected the
Coalition Government's commitment to
the health sector and would be welcomed
by pharmacists across the country.
'The PSA has worked with Mr Dutton
when he was Opposition Health
Spokesman and it is clear he is committed
to the portfolio and brings to it a wealth
of experience as well as a range of ideas
and initiatives,' Mr Kardachi said.
'These, combined with the vital services
that pharmacists play in dispensing and
supplying essential medicines -- as well as
the extended professional services -- for
the community, particularly consumers
with chronic diseases, can lead to a better
and more effective health system.
'Optimising the management of
long-term conditions through quality use
of medicines has been shown to reduce
or delay the incidence of hospitalisation
in patients with chronic diseases and
to reduce the need for and spending
on expensive hospital admissions and
'Mr Dutton has always displayed great
interest in the wide range of skills
pharmacists possess and how these
skills can be better utilised in providing
improved health outcomes for the
community while also helping to ensure
we have a viable and sustainable health
system in this country.
'Mr Dutton of course faces pragmatic
considerations in the form of budgetary
constraints but the PSA looks forward to
working closely with him to show how
the more effective use of pharmacists'
skills and knowledge can help meet the
Mr Kardachi said the appointment of
Senator Nash as Assistant Minister for
Health brought a rural and regional
perspective to the critical area of health.
PSA had presented submissions on many
mays in which pharmacists can greatly
assist in the management and treatment
of patients with chronic conditions.
'We look forward to further discussing
these with Mr Dutton and Senator Nash,'
Mr Kardachi said.
'We have also developed policies and
strategies to help improve the health
outcomes of the rapidly growing ageing
population, people with mental health
conditions and those suffering from many
other health conditions.
'PSA's policies and strategies can greatly
assist the Government meet its targets
while also improving the wellbeing of the
older members of our community.'
Mr Kardachi said PSA would seek
early meetings with both Ministers to
discuss ways to fully utilise the skills of
pharmacists across the health sector.
Parisa Aslani wins UK award
Parisa Aslani from
the University of
Sydney's Faculty of
Pharmacy has been
awarded the 2013
Research UK Award.
She was presented with the award
on Monday 9 September at the Royal
Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
(RPS) Conference in Birmingham, England
where she also delivered a plenary lecture
-- Written medicine information: A pathway
to quality use of medicines.
The Chair of the Pharmacy Research UK
Board of Trustees, Professor Anthony
Smith, said, 'Associate Professor Aslani is
a most deserving recipient of this award.
Her research focus shows an ambition
to improve healthcare for the benefit
of patients which is at the heart of our
aspirations for Pharmacy Research UK.
'It is important to build relationships
with international colleagues to promote
the spread of knowledge and engage in
dialogue about shared interests. I greatly
look forward to hearing Associate
Professor Aslani's lecture.'
Professor Aslani said, 'It is a great honour
to receive this award and to be recognised
for the quality and significance of the
research that I have done and continue to
do so in the area of medicine information
'I believe the award is not only a
recognition of the work that I do, but also
that of the research teams I am a part of,
and most importantly the students who I
have worked with in the past 14 years.'
Assoc Prof Aslani's driving focus is to
improve quality use of medicines by
patients/consumers through increased
and appropriate medicine information,
informed shared decision making, and
adherence to therapy. She studied at
Kings College London and worked
in community practice in the UK and
Australia before completing a PhD in
Consumer Medicine Information at the
University of Sydney.
The award recognises Assoc Prof Aslani's
international reputation as an expert in
her fields of research, consumer medicine
information (CMI), and adherence
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