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Australian Journal of Pharmacy : September 2005
events events Conference to celebrate prominent new profile T HEprofile of community pharmacy assistants and their acknowledged role in community health has achieved new heights this year, and the biggest national conference for pharmacy assis- tants is set to raise this recognition even higher. The 2005 Pharmacy Assistant Confer- ence on the Gold Coast, from 14–15 October, is the premier professional development event for pharmacy assis- tants in Australia. The successful model remains the same: mixing valuable infor- mation sessions with fun-filled social events. The profile of pharmacy assistants was given further impetus in June when more than 90 assistants from around the coun- try travelling to Parliament House in Canberra to meet Prime Minister John Howard and discuss the threat of super- market pharmacy ownership. Conference MCand Queensland Guild branch director Robyn Ede said the event in Canberra was further recognition of pharmacy assistants’ valued contribution to healthcare, and that the pharmacy assistant conference was, in many ways, a celebration of their achievements as well as an outstanding forum to expand their knowledge base and interact with peers from around the country. ‘Pharmacy assistants are certainly sup- ported as a vital part of the healthcare network, and I think that is what this con- ference is all about—recognising their valued role in community pharmacy and assisting their professional development in an environment that is fun and relaxed,’ Ms Ede said. Motivational speaker and personal development specialist, Velia Nicholls, will return to the speakers podium this year with her typically inspiring slant on achieving personal excellence and boost- ing team performance. Chair of the Australian Society of Hos- pital Pharmacists and lecturer in phar- macy at the University of Queensland, Dr Lisa Nissen, will bring her clinical knowl- edge of pharmacy practice to the confer- ence in a presentation on the identifica- tion and treatment of commonly presented eye, ear and throat complaints. The conference program will also fea- ture a panel discussion forum with dele- gates invited to participate as part of the panel. The session will analyse pharmacy assistants’ role in the Quality Care Phar- macy Program (QCPP), particularly in light of the changes to the QCPP format to be introduced next year. Other topics in the program include professional standards in Pharmacy Med- icines and Pharmacist Only Medicines, oral hygiene, vitamin product knowledge, obesity counselling and superannuation. For further information on the confer- ence, visit the website www.pharmacyas- sistants.com or contact the Guild’s Queensland Branch on (07) 3831 3788. ¦ agement (ACPPM) Conference will be held in Queenstown, New Zealand from 26–30 April 2006. The theme of the conference is Build- ing Business Opportunities in Healthcare. The program will build on the require- ments of the Fourth Guild Government Agreement and focus on assisting phar- macists to meet their business and profes- sional obligations. Presenters will cover both aspects of management and clinical pharmacy, including several disease state manage- ment case studies from both the profes- sional and management sides. Pharma- cists who have implemented successful programs will be asked to tell their story in ‘I did it my way’ sessions. Delegates will arrive on a Wednesday and, after a welcome party at the stunning Building business opportunities in healthcare What’s the buzz? T HE second annual Australian Col- lege of Pharmacy Practice and Man- Skyline Restaurant, the business program will commence the next day and run until Sunday morning. The traditional and enjoyable Happy Hours remain a feature of the social pro- gram while the conference will culminate with a gala dinner on the Saturday night. Queenstown is a holiday playground and there will be ample time for a host of exciting experiences, such as the famous Shotover jet boats, white water rafting, bungee jumping, golf and much more. Recognising the importance of attract- ing younger pharmacists and their fami- lies, special family accommodation units have been arranged. Similarly a children’s program will allow husband and wife del- egates to attend the business sessions. For further information contact Mathew Lazarow at Network Event Management, mathew.lazarow@nem- online.net.au or (03) 9850 8921. ¦ 746 ? THE AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACY VOL.86 SEPTEMBER 2005 A USTRALIANS are being invited to help ‘take the sting out of diabetes’ by participating in Diabetes Australia’s annual fundraiser, What’s the Buzz Day on 16 September. What’s the Buzz Day aims to raise $700,000 for diabetes awareness, educa- tion, research and advocacy programs via the purchase of Barnaby Bee merchan- dise. Clip on bees, keyrings and flashing pens will be available at national retail outlets including Blooms The Chemist, Pharmacist Advice, Terry White Chemists, HCF, MBF, Medicare and Supabarn throughout September. Diabetes Australia is looking for volun- teers to help sell merchandise. If you would like to volunteer or require further information regarding Barnaby Bee mer- chandise call Diabetes Australia on 1300 136 588, or visit www.diabetesaust ralia.com.au. ¦