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achieve best possible patient outcomes.
Continuing our leadership role in
QUM and demonstrating our ability
to minimise wasteful/unnecessary
health expenditure will be critical to the
viability of these and other professional
services in the future.
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1. Ascertain all drugs.
2. Identify patients at high risk of, or
3. Estimate life expectancy.
4. Define overall care goals.
5. Verify current indications for ongoing
6. Determine the need for disease
specific preventive medications.
7. Determine absolute benefit harm
thresholds of medications.
8. Review the relative utility of
9. Identify drugs to be continued and
seek patient willingness and consent.
10. Devise and implement a drug
discontinuation plan with close
Box 1. Ten step deprescribing framework to
minimise inappropriate medications in older
The shape of the pharmacy landscape is constantly changing, with the
very nature of the profession in a state of flux. There are new roles for
pharmacists, increased pressures on pharmacy owners and changes to
the profession affecting every facet of pharmacy.
Today, more than ever it is important
for Early Career Pharmacists to
arm themselves with the skills and
knowledge necessary to stand out from
their colleagues. Clinical knowledge,
whilst the absolute foundation of
our profession and practice, is simply
not enough. The new generation of
pharmacists must also be innovative and
committed to developing not only their
practice but also their personal brand
and approach to business. The 2014
Pharmacy Australia Congress (PAC14)
aims to engage Early Career Pharmacists
and empower them with the tools
they need to forge successful and long
PAC14 will see the introduction of the
PSA Early Career Pharmacist Destination
at the Welcome Reception, a place for
Early Career Pharmacists to network
and expand their relationship with the
industry. The ECP Destination at PAC
will replace the annual stand-alone
ECP event and allow greater access to
networking opportunities with not only
peers, but also with senior pharmacists,
industry experts and business leaders.
From an Early Career Pharmacist
perspective there are a number of
program highlights. The business
sessions at PAC will provide ECPs with
the tools to negotiate with confidence,
assertiveness and strength. Young
pharmacists will also discover the
importance of personal branding and
why EQ, or emotional intelligence, is
a highly sought after commodity. To
consolidate this knowledge, delegates
at PAC14 will have access to Michael
Henderson, internationally renowned
thought leader, who will arm attendees
with the power to reinvent and
position themselves and their practice
As well as solid clinical sessions which
will bring Early Career Pharmacists up to
date with cutting edge evidence-based
clinical practice, PAC14 will feature
Action Workshops. The action
workshops will be highly interactive and
engaging. They will provide an overview
of disease state management, screening
and risk assessment and workshop the
development of a professional service,
providing attendees with the tools
necessary to develop an action plan
which would be viable to implement
into daily practice. These workshops
will be truly innovative and allow young
pharmacists to develop their knowledge
and showcase their leadership skills.
Early Career Pharmacists have a variety
of opportunities and options for what
their career could look like, so much so
that at times it may seem like a giant
puzzle. Attend PAC14 and help put the
pieces of the puzzle together.
PAC14 will be held in at the National
Convention Centre in Canberra from
10–12 October. Further details and
registration information can be found
on the PSA website (www.psa.org.au).
» EARLY CAREER PHARMACIST FOCUS
The changing landscape
BY EMMA WILSON MPS
Emma Wilson is the Professional Development Lead
at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, based in
the Melbourne Office.
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