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Cross in MA Chair
Medicines Australia's (MA) new
Chairman, Dr Martin Cross, began
his term last month. Dr Cross said it
was a critical time for the Australian
medicines industry as it is facing
huge challenges while also offering
so much opportunity for the future.
MA Chief Executive, Dr Brendan Shaw
said Dr Cross brought a wealth of
experience in the Australian medicines
industry to the role. Dr Cross was
Managing Director of Alphapharm,
Chair of the Generic Medicines
Industry Association and Chair of
the Pharmaceutical Industry Council.
He has previously been Australian MD
A new study suggests that changing
the lighting patterns in hospital
rooms so that they're more aligned
with normal sleep-wake cycles could
help patients feel better with less
fatigue and pain. The study, by Esther
Bernhofer, of the Cleveland Clinic,
and her colleagues, and published
in the Journal of Advanced Nursing,
designed a study to determine if there
are any relationships between hospital
lighting, mood, sleep, and pain in
hospitalised adults. They found that
hospitalised patients slept poorly,
and the less light they were exposed to
during the day, the more fatigued they
felt. Finally, the more fatigued they felt,
the more pain they experienced.
Onward to an internship
By Bronte Chin
I find it hard to believe that in a few weeks
I will complete my Bachelor of Pharmacy
Degree, the last four years have flown by so
quickly. The University of South Australia
has provided many opportunities and
enjoyable experiences that have shaped
my university life and I am thankful for the
university staff that have supported us
throughout our degree.
In addition to learning the fundamental
skills of a pharmacist, I have attended
NAPSA congress where I met pharmacy
students from across Australia and
experienced the rural health care setting
with the Royal Flying Doctor's Service.
One of my favourite experiences has been
the placements this year. I found applying
pharmacy knowledge as well as learning
a lot in a short time, was exhausting yet
very rewarding. While working at the Port
Augusta Hospital I discovered the valued
role of a clinical pharmacist and how
patients trusted the health care team in the
hospital. I found it most rewarding when
the patients who were ready for discharge,
turned to smile and thank us for our help.
Throughout the years, I have gained not
only pharmaceutical knowledge but
some great friends. Since first year, we
have had a pharmacy 'Facebook group'
where we posted relevant questions, tips
and reminders to the group so we could
collectively learn and support one another.
As a cohort, the social events organised by
the South Australian Pharmacy Students
Association (SAPSA) have bonded us
together, (or perhaps it was the shared
stress of the Dosage Form Design
practicals!) and over the years we have
formed friendships and closeness within
the whole cohort.
After gaining an insight into the working
environment at Port Augusta Hospital,
I am excited to start my internship at the
Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2014. I look
forward to the new challenges and learning
experiences, and particularly gaining
valuable clinical experience in a working
I also look forward to putting my
knowledge into practice and hope to
improve my knowledge and clinical skills.
I am excited to work alongside and learn
from the pharmacists and other allied
health professionals to contribute to and
improve the health outcomes of patients.
I am particularly interested to see what the
future of pharmacy will hold.
One of our greatest assets is in being
approachable, which I believe will help
expand the pharmacist's role in the near
future. The pharmacy profession has also
been providing more services such as
clinical interventions, Home Medication
Reviews and MedsChecks. I think it is
important for the pharmacy profession to
offer additional services in the future to be
valued as health professionals rather than
just retailers of medications. Also, offering
more services can allow pharmacists to
specialise in a particular area of health
and consult consumers in their specialised
area, expanding the current pharmacy
profession. This is a possibility that I hope
will be implemented in the future.
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