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to advocate for all of the profession.
Representing the interests of all
pharmacists, across all sectors and
across the whole country gives the
Society the voice to stake the claim that
PSA is pharmacy.
We use that voice to provide a wide
range of the most relevant and
up-to-date learning experiences and
tools for our members, as well as
practice support tools and advice to
ensure your business and professional
lives are fulfilling and rewarding.
Over the past few years, PSA has
emerged from the shadows to be
recognised by the Government,
the bureaucracy and the profession as
the single most truly representative
body for the profession. We carry this
recognition with pride but also with a
great sense of responsibility. When we
see a problem we always try to react
with solutions as to how that problem
can be addressed. Discussions around
these solutions are seldomly played out
publicly by PSA but rather are advanced
quietly and respectfully utilising the
strategic relationships that PSA has
established and assiduously maintained.
Of course we don't always meet with
success but we are continually striving
to improve our effectiveness on behalf
of you, our members.
As we head into 2014 I know we will
be challenged and we will rise to those
challenges. We are facing a year of tight
economic and budgetary environments,
and also a year when the next
Community Pharmacy Agreement will
be negotiated, an Agreement which will
be pivotal to how the whole profession
-- not just community pharmacy --
develops into the future.
However we will meet those challenges
head-on with solutions that reflect
the needs and aspirations of all
pharmacists, and the health needs of the
communities we serve.
PSA is pharmacy are words that appear on many PSA publications and
material and with the unification from 1 January of the Pharmaceutical
Society of Western Australia and the PSA, these words serve to highlight
the importance of the Society to the profession.
With PSWA members now being full
members of the PSA, the Society is a
truly national body, representing all
pharmacists in all jurisdictions and
provides our 18,000-plus members
across Australia with standards
of practice, education, training
and practice support as well as
advocating on your behalf to further
your professional advancement and
With PSWA members being welcomed
to PSA, I thought it was an opportune
time to reflect on PSA and our functions.
PSA has a number of functions
including, supporting pharmacists'
commitment to high standards of
patient care, continuing professional
education and representing your role
as frontline health professionals. One of
our main roles is to provide practice
improvement through initial (e.g. PSA
Intern Training Program) and ongoing
education, training and practice
support tools for pharmacists and
PSA also recognises the challenges
for early career pharmacists and has
established a special working group to
identify and help address the particular
needs of these young pharmacists,
who are the future of pharmacy.
To support this, one of the offerings
we have developed is the leadership
program -- ignite.
The Society is also the only advocacy
organisation representing all
pharmacists, influencing attitudes,
opinions and policies through
representation, networking and
Representing all sectors of the
profession comes with its challenges.
At PSA, we have members in community
pharmacy, including many pharmacy
owners, and we have accredited
pharmacist members as well as
members who work in hospitals,
industry, the Government and
This sometimes requires a balancing
act by PSA because we recognise that
the needs of all of these sectors are
not always in alignment, while also
recognising that the needs of each
sector in the end must complement and
support the rest of the profession.
But our commitment to the whole
profession also gives us the strength
BY GRANT KARDACHI, FPS
NATIONAL PRESIDENT SAYS
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