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Some achievements need to be
recognised in person.
When Queensland Branch Director,
Michelle Rosenthal, found out that long
time PSA member, Barry Bryant FPS
had been awarded his PhD at the age
of 74 she decided that he should be
congratulated in person.
So late last year while visiting far
north Queensland Michelle visited
Barry at his home in Rockhampton to
personally congratulate him on behalf of
Barry's PhD thesis was on the
co-evolution of pharmacy education
and practice in 20th Century Queensland.
In 1997 Barry was awarded the Bowl of
Hygeia award for services to pharmacy
and in 2001 he was made a Life Fellow of
the Society. In 2003 he was awarded the
Medal of the Order of Australia.
NSW pharmacy mental
NSW Health Mental Health and Drug
and Alcohol Office has established
a community pharmacists in mental
health care working group to increase
community pharmacists' engagement in
mental health care.
The working group was set up in
response to a NSW Government election
commitment, the PSA NSW Branch
2011 election commitment submission
and the Framework for pharmacists as
partners in mental health care developed
by the Pharmaceutical Society
The PSA representative is Claire O'Reilly,
NSW Branch Committee member,
PSA National Vice President and Chair of
the Pharmacists Mental Health Framework.
The Working Group will oversee a review
of the effectiveness of using community
pharmacies for medication management
and medication compliance support for
mentally ill patients in the community,
reducing the risk of hospital admission
It aims to achieve this through:
a. Considering options to improve
relationships between community
pharmacists and mental health
care providers in order to expand
pharmacists' role in mental
b. Facilitating a pilot project between a
Local Health District and a community
pharmacy for a trial partnership.
The working group membership is
drawn from representatives of the:
• Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
• Centre for Rural and Remote Mental
• ARAFMI NSW
• Sydney Children's Hospital Network
• Hunter New England Local Health
• Western Sydney Local Health District
• Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol
New local CPD initiatives in
From 2014, members will be able to access
all Parkville lectures held on the first
Tuesday night of each month via webinars.
This initiative enhances the member
accessibility of relevant and quality CPD
and important practice updates.
Victorian Branch President Michelle Lynch
said that members now have a choice to
attend the lecture in person, or simply
link up from home via their internet and
have the same real time interaction with
In addition to the Parkville Sunday seminar
program, a number of heavily subsidised
workshops will be held for members on
Sundays and Saturdays in regional areas
including Echuca, Torquay, Gippsland,
Benalla, Horsham, Ballarat, Geelong,
Bendigo, Wangaratta and Frankston.
The Victorian Branch is now offering
cost effective Mental Health First Aid
Trainings in addition to the normal
first aid workshops. The new program
will help members meeting their QCPP
requirements, or better equipping
themselves and their staff in dealing
with an increasing mental health need in
The major pharmacy conference for
Victorian pharmacists will be held on
the weekend of 17--18 May at Parkville.
This conference will have concurrent
streams covering the popular Primary
Health Care Weekend and Clinical
Weekend topic areas in previous years.
Members will be able to choose from a
wide range of topics to meet individual
CPD needs, including first aid and mental
health first aid workshops.
As part of the PSA members' benefit,
members will now be able to request the
service of a locum pharmacist when they
register to attend PSA events. Pharmacists
are encouraged to avail themselves for
locum work through this scheme as it not
only creates employment and networking
opportunities, it also supports other
colleagues in Victoria for a very good
course. Contact Bill Suen, (bill.suen@psa.
org.au) to register interests.
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