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An award-winning Charles Sturt
University (CSU) pharmacy
student is demonstrating it’s
always the right time to embark
on a career change through
Rebecca Bragg does not see herself as
the typical undergraduate student.
‘I am a 40-something veterinarian who
is starting out on another career as a
pharmacist,’ she said.
Mrs Bragg worked in a small animal
practice in Sydney until she moved to
a prime lamb and cropping farm near
Cootamundra in regional NSW in 2001.
‘Since then I have worked in the farm
business and raised two children
who are now aged nine and 10,’ Mrs
‘I wanted to move from the primary
healthcare of animals to humans when
my children are older. I decided to
pursue pharmacy for several reasons:
it was a career that I could follow in
my regional setting; I already had a
background in animal science; there was
a university close by offering the course;
and it fulfilled my wish to be part of
Mrs Bragg’s decision to switch to
pharmacy was obviously the right
one – she received the Pharmaceutical
Society of Australia Award for General
Proficiency in the First Year of the
Bachelor of Pharmacy at the Executive
Dean’s Awards for the Faculty of Science
ceremony in late March. She also
received two Executive Dean’s Awards
for Academic Excellence for 2013 and
the Kevin Dickson Memorial Prize for
excelling in her first year of pharmacy.
‘I think pharmacists will assume an
ever-increasing role in primary health
care and disease prevention, especially
in rural and regional areas. I am looking
forward to being part of this important
health profession,’ Mrs Bragg said.
To be eligible for an Executive Dean’s
Award, a student must achieve a grade
of Distinction or High Distinction in
all coursework subjects and have
completed a minimum of 32 points over
a maximum of 3 sessions.
A Breath of fresh air on
Only a small proportion of the 2.3 million
Australians – about 10% of the population
– affected by asthma has a written asthma
Studies show there are information gaps for
people with asthma in relation to medicines,
managing asthma, trigger factors and latest
research. Pharmacists are in an ideal position
to close this information gap and play an
important role in motivating people to
take better control of their asthma and to
correctly use their medicines.
To help improve health
outcomes for asthma
suffers and others with
pharmacies which are
part of PSA’s Self Care
program now have
access to a new Action
Kit, A breath of fresh air.
The kit is part of a wide range of programs
and activities being undertaken by PSA
relating to respiratory health. The activities
coincide with the launch of the revised
Australian Asthma Handbook by the National
PSA National President Grant Kardachi
said pharmacy was an important source of
information, advice and support for people
suffering from respiratory conditions such as
asthma and/or COPD.
‘ The role of pharmacy in management of
asthma and COPD should extend beyond
the supply of prescriptions and verbal
counselling,’ he said.
‘It should include screening, demonstrating
and regularly checking inhaler technique,
checking adherence, checking for
selfmanagement plans and advising about
asthma management in pregnancy and
breastfeeding. This Action Kit covers all these
areas and more.
‘ The education section contains an in-store
staff training presentation plus a community
presentation to help spread the message
about asthma management and treatment.
For more details on the Self Care program
A breath of fresh air
Health promotion & professional services workbook
“I AM A 40-SOMETHING VETERINARIAN WHO IS STARTING OUT ON
ANOTHER CAREER AS A PHARMACIST.”
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