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pharmacist and former PSA Young
Pharmacist of the Year, Dr Chris
Freeman has won the 2014 AACP
Consultant Pharmacist of the
Dr Freeman was
presented with his
award during the
at the Australian
annual seminar ConPharm '14, held in
Port Douglas from 1--3 June.
The award recognises an outstanding
contribution by an accredited
pharmacist to the practice of consultant
pharmacy. It includes a medallion and
certificate, plus a travel grant to the
value of $5,000 to attend a pharmacy
conference of relevance to the practice
of consultant pharmacy.
The award was presented by AACP Chair
Paul Sinclair and CEO Grant Martin.
Chris is a young accredited pharmacist
who is an acknowledged leading edge
practitioner dedicated to advancing the
profession of consultant pharmacy.
His skills and expertise are recognised by
fellow pharmacists, general practitioners
and policy makers. He has contributed
to the improved quality of care for
patients and the community in general
and he continues to promote the
profession and the value of medication
Unprecedented array of
experts for Medicines
The Victorian Medicines Update series
has always been the most popular
Annual CPD event in Victoria.
Experts provide the latest update on
new drugs, new indications and best
practice development in drug therapy.
This year's expert speakers include
leading psychiatrist Professor Nicholas
Keks, endocrinologist and diabetes
expert Professor Shane Hamblin, Senior
cardiology pharmacist Dr Rochelle
Gellatly and asthma expert pharmacist
Dr Jenny Gowan.
A/Professor Louis Roller will also provide
his updates on a mixture of therapeutic
groups not covered by other specialists.
The Medicines Update series will be
run in Parkville, Torquay, Echuca, and
Victorian Branch Director Bill Suen
invites pharmacists to: 'Come along to
this day seminar to hear the experts
share their practical knowledge on
current and future approaches to drug
therapies and stay ahead of time and
For further information please visit the
Victorian Branch CPD calendar page via
www.psa.org.au or email vicbranch@
Kardachi to chair AACP
The Australian Association of Consultant
Pharmacy (AACP) has appointed PSA
National President Grant Kardachi as
chair of its board for the next two years.
The AACP is the primary accreditation
body for pharmacists who wish to
conduct HMRs and RMMRs, focusing
on training programs and online
accreditation processes and is jointly
owned by the Pharmacy Guild of
Australia and the Pharmaceutical
Society of Australia.
The chair is rotated every two years
between PSA and the Guild.
Mr Kardachi said he was honoured to
have the opportunity to lead the Board
during challenging times.
'I am an active accredited pharmacist
and understand the needs and
aspirations of my fellow accredited
pharmacists as well as the needs of the
patients we serve,' he said.
'I am committed to seeing the
restoration of sustainable and
appropriately funded services delivered
by accredited pharmacists. These HMR
and RMMR services are evidence based
and produce real savings to government
while improving health outcomes'.
Local health networks
The Local health networks -- engaging to
prosper webinar series will address the
key role pharmacists play in this space.
Many community pharmacy businesses
operate beyond standard business
hours. Assessing primary health care
needs and delivering primary healthcare
services are recognised pharmacist roles
in Australia. The first webinar will be
presented by Dr Alison Roberts MPS on
16 July at 7.30pm. It will cover examples
of pharmacists becoming involved at all
levels of Medicare Locals, from service
delivery to leadership and clinical
The PSA webinar series was developed
to provide members with the tools
to implement professional services
and successfully collaborate with the
primary healthcare team.
Medicare Locals were established in
2011 to plan and fund health services
to meet local needs in communities
across Australia. They have been tasked
with supporting greater coordination
of primary healthcare services and
exploring and introducing new
collaborative models of healthcare
delivery by multidisciplinary teams.
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