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PSA Queensland Branch Counsellor,
Joyce McSwan, the inaugural leader of
the Mackay branch of the Australian
Pain Management Association
(Mackay Pain Support Group),
was awarded the UTS Innovative
Pharmacist of the Year Award for 2013
A consultant pharmacist, community
pharmacist and pharmacy educator,
she has driven exciting innovation
in the field of pain management in
Queensland over the past three years.
This award which was announced at a
ceremony hosted by the University of
Technology Sydney Graduate School
of Health honours the achievements
of pharmacists across Australia
who create industry, professional
or community solutions to current
challenges facing healthcare.
While her innovations have branched
out beyond Mackay, the Mackay Pain
Support Group, continues under
the leadership of Karalyn Huxhagen
and remains a support and resource
centre for people who live with
Joyce was also the PSA 2012 QUM in
Pain Management Award winner.
SNAP factors in SA
The SA/NT Branch is working with the
SA Department of Health and Ageing to
raise community awareness of four major
behavioural risk factors affecting chronic
PSA SA/NT Branch and SA Health are
collaborating to raise community
awareness of four major behavioural risk
factors affecting chronic disease rates.
They have designed a brochure
addressing the four major behavioural
risk factors affecting chronic disease rates:
smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical
activity (the SNAP factors).
South Australian Self Care pharmacies
in have been invited to promote the
campaign to their customers over the
December/January period to help
support the public in making positive
health choices during the holiday season.
SNAP (quit Smoking, better Nutrition,
moderate Alcohol consumption
and Physical activity) is an easy way
of recalling the key risk factors for
diseases such as heart disease, diabetes
PSA State President,
Sue Edwards said
that by addressing
these four lifestyle
factors, a person can
his or her health
'This is a key component of work evolving
from a partnering initiative that supports
the whole health sector move towards
health promotion and preventive health
care and recognises that the earlier
we're involved, the more value we bring
to clients accessing a primary health
'Many consumers regularly access
pharmacy services for long term
health conditions. This offers prime
opportunities for pharmacists and
pharmacies to initiate the conversation
about healthy living. With pharmacists
increasingly taking a more proactive role
in supporting consumers with general
health advice and strategies to improve
behaviour in pursuit of a healthier
lifestyle, this is a great opportunity to
become involved in supporting the SNAP
message across the state,' she said.
PSA SA/NT Branch Director, David Ng
said that the SNAP brochure was being
distributed to Self Care pharmacies across
'We hope it helps start the SNAP
conversation with clients during
December and January as people
contemplate lifestyle decisions in the lead
up to the New Year'.
The Self Care ACTION kit on Smoking
Cessation is available online through
the PSA Self Care portal to help support
health promotion activities through your
pharmacy. South Australian members
seeking more information about SNAP
and/or the Self Care ACTION kit should
call (08) 8272 1211 or email sa.branch@
The high life
Australian children now have Australia's
highest ever life expectancy estimates.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
report, Deaths, Australia, 2012, shows
record low death rates and the highest life
expectancy ever recorded in Australia.
Director of Demography, Bjorn Jarvis,
said: 'A boy born today could expect to
live 79.9 years, while a girl could expect
to live 84.3 years. For those approaching
retirement age, say 65 years, males could
expect to live a further 19 years and
females a further 22 years'.
'Australia's life expectancy at birth
continues to be amongst the highest in
the world. The combined male and female
figure of 82 years, while a little lower than
Japan and Hong Kong, is higher than
Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the
USA,' Mr Jarvis said.
The Australian Capital Territory had the
highest life expectancy at birth with 81.2
years for males and 85.1 years for females.
The lowest life expectancy was in the
Northern Territory, at 74.7 years for males
and 80 years for females.
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