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Australian Pharmacist November 2013 I ©Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd.
AP in Singapore
By Andrew Daniels
In August while Australian in the depths
of winter's damp and cold, Australian
Pharmacist went on tour to Singapore
and Malaysia with Victorian-based PSA
member Cynthia Foo.
Cynthia said that Australian Pharmacist
has been her travel companion for as
long as she can remember.
'This time around, I brought Australian
Pharmacist to Singapore and Malaysia.'
The photo above was taken at Garden
by the Bay overlooking Marina Bay
Sands in Singapore in Singapore.
'Garden by the Bay is an award-winning
horticultural attraction which houses
over 250 thousand rare plants from
around the world. Both day and night
views are simply spectacular.
'Marina Bay Sands features three hotel
towers, which are connected by a
one-hectare sky terrace on the roof, named
Sands Sky Park. The building contains
multiple entertainment complexes and
world-class shopping malls.
'However, what astounds me the most
is the iconic architectural masterpiece
design, which is absolutely amazing'.
(If you are heading off to an interesting
location don't forget to take your copy
of Australian Pharmacist with you.
Read the CPD section on the plane and
submit the answers online when you get
a chance in between enjoying yourself
and, well, enjoying yourself!)
< Cynthia at Garden by the Bay, Singapore.
leadership role in helping to further the
careers of PSA member pharmacy students.
'PSA introduced free membership for
students and the decision to sponsor
foreign students is a further example of
our commitment to our members and to
Mr Kardachi said that with the removal of
pharmacists from the Skilled Occupation
List on 1 July, a number of international
pharmacy students were no longer able to
access a Subclass 485 Visa which enabled
them to complete their studies and register
as pharmacists in Australia.
'More than 600 international pharmacy
students are affected by this change,' Mr
'As the peak professional body for
pharmacists, the PSA will provide support
to affected students to enable them to
remain and complete their pharmacy
internship and gain registration as a
pharmacist in Australia. They can then to
return to their country of origin to use these
skills to pursue their careers.'
PSA has been approved as a Training and
Research sponsor with the Department of
Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).
ignite 2014 applications open
Applications for the next PSA ignite
Pharmacist Leadership Program
The ignite program was developed by the
Society to meet the ongoing leadership
and career development needs of early
career pharmacists (ECPs).
ignite is an elite program which aims to
develop high-performing ECPs into future
health leaders who will drive strategy,
change and innovation according to PSA
National President, Grant Kardachi.
'The program offers a unique
development experience that broadens
the understanding of leadership and
develops the participants' skills; taking
into account the personal leadership
goals of those taking part in the program,'
'The program combines interactive
workshops, experiential and distance
learning, inspirational speakers,
mentoring, networking opportunities
and a practical workplace project to
develop participants as future leaders.
ECPs will also obtain recognition towards
a Diploma of Management.'
Mr Kardachi said an interesting
aspect of the ignite program was the
innovative use of horses for greater
'To be a great communicator and
leader requires great people skills,
and great people skills stem from
self-awareness and sound interpersonal
behaviours and one tool the ignite
program uses is interaction with horses
to intensify participant's awareness of
self. Including motivational speakers
and mentors in the program gives
participants practical perspectives of
leading in various health care roles, as
well as motivating them for their future
careers,' he said.
Places are limited to 12 ECPs in 2014.
Applications are open to PSA members
who are early career pharmacists
(maximum 10 years post-registration)
and have a minimum of two years'
management experience. Visit www.psa.
for more information and the application
form. Applications close November 15.
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