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Students promote World Pharmacy Day
Students fro the University of Canberra
(UC) and from Monash, La Trobe and RMIT
in Victoria were out spreading the word
about the services pharmacists provide
As part of World Pharmacist Day the
students went into the streets to hand
out health information to consumers.
Both groups attracted positive media
coverage of their events.
The UC students visited the Canberra Bus
Interchange to talk to consumers about
all the services pharmacists provide
in addition to dispensing medicines.
Local television was on hand to cover the
event for the evening news.
The students, each group supervised by
a registered pharmacist, also handed
out Self Care Fact Cards covering a range
They also answered questions about
just what it is pharmacists now do and
how the role of community pharmacists
PSA ACT President, Associate Professor
Greg Kyle, said the event was exciting and
show the public a side of pharmacy many
do not know exists.
'The community pharmacy is a lot
more than a place where you go to get
medicines. It is now a health destination
where consumers can walk in off the
street without an appointment and
receive professional and expert advice
'I think many people were surprised when
they were given a fact card to see just
how much more their local pharmacist
The students were wearing shirts
emblazoned with the motto: See your
pharmacist for better health.
In Victoria as part of the international
celebration pharmacy students from all
pharmacy schools in Victoria handing
out consumer health information leaflets
in the Melbourne CBD and at Bendigo
city. The Bendigo Advertiser ran an article
on and phot of the Bendigo students in
action the day after the event.
PSA Victorian Branch President Michelle
Lynch said that it was an excellent
opportunity for the future generation
of pharmacists to show the public how
much we [pharmacists] care about their
health and how pharmacists can be
involved in managing their health.
She thanked the students from Monash,
La Trobe and RMIT Universities and their
respective staff and student bodies for
participating in the event.
'The public has strong faith in pharmacists
to help them manage their health.
World Pharmacist Day is a reminder
to everyone that pharmacists are here
to improve the health of the public.
Everyone should see your pharmacist for
better health,' she said.
Christine's rst for Pharmacy
is the first person in
the Pharmacy Select
group to complete
the Certificate III
she is using her
newly learnt skills in her new position as
Retail manager at the recently opened
Pharmacy Select store in Tarneit West,
a fast growing area in Melbourne's
The store, which opened in August 2013,
is community focussed and provides
professional service and best advice.
On receiving her certificate and getting
this new and challenging role, Christine
said: 'It's an achievement I am proud of,
I have been in pharmacy for 23 years
and it's great to complete the course
to receive the recognition and learn
'I attended workshops organised by PSA
and found them beneficial,working in
a group atmosphere and being able to
discuss ideas and ways to implement
ideas at a store level.'
The Pharmacy Select Group currently
has more than 60 employees completing
a range of PSA community pharmacy
courses. Liz Krstevski, the Group's Training
Manager believes it is important to
choose a reputable organisation like
PSA as training provider to ensure the
employees receive a high standard
'We can be confident that the certificate
our staff acquire on completion of their
training is a well recognised qualification.'
PSA tailors its pharmacist and pharmacy
assistant training programs to meet the
special needs of different pharmacy
environments and supports compliance
to various professional and legal training
requirements. The flexible delivery
modes of any combinations of workshop,
online and workbooks are welcome
by both employees and employers as
it makes it so much easier for staff and
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