Publication Date 01/07/2014         Volume. 6 No. 6   
Information to Pharmacists


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Welcome to the July 2014 homepage edition of i2P (Information to Pharmacists) E-Magazine.
At the commencement of 2014 i2P focused on the need for the entire profession of pharmacy and its associated industry supports to undergo a renewal and regeneration.
We are now half-way through this year and it is quite apparent that pharmacy leaders do not yet have a cohesive and clear sense of direction.
Maybe the new initiative by Woolworths to deliver clinical service through young pharmacists and nurses may sharpen their focus.
If not, community pharmacy can look forward to losing a substantial and profitable market share of the clinical services market.
Who would you blame when that happens?
But I have to admit there is some effort, even though the results are but meagre.
In this edition of i2P we focus on the need for research about community pharmacy, the lack of activity from practicing pharmacists and when some research is delivered, a disconnect appears in its interpretation and implementation.

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Indigenous Science Education Program wins national award

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Macquarie University's innovative Indigenous Science Education Program has been recognised with an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.
The Indigenous Science Education Program (ISEP) works with Casino, Lismore and Maclean High Schools in northern NSW and Chifley College in Western Sydney and has its origins in requests for help from Aboriginal Elders in addressing the poor completion rate of secondary education by their Indigenous youth.

This led to the development of ISEP as a university-based initiative, run collaboratively by Macquarie University scientists (Associate Professors Joanne Jamie and Subra Vemulpad, Dr Ian Jamie and Mr David Harrington), Aboriginal communities and high school staff of northern NSW and Western Sydney.

The program's main aim is to provide secondary students, especially Indigenous students, with the motivation and skills to complete their high school studies and to open pathways to tertiary education.

As Associate Professor Joanne Jamie explains, "We do this by engaging students throughout their entire secondary studies in fun, interesting and challenging hands-on science activities. This includes indigenous students demonstrating these activities to junior students, their peers and the wider community, allowing development of leadership skills and role models and mentors."

The program has shown that especially if directed from the community, where local schools and communities are integral to the program, the program can become both effective and sustainable.

Mr Harrington notes "Since the program's inception in 2004, ISEP has branched out from the original chemistry-based practicals to many science and technology activities, including botany and bush foods and medicines, molds and bacteria, insects, bones, computing and robotics."

The ISEP team sees a bright future for the program, in the alignment of ISEP with Participation and Community Engagement activities of undergraduate students at Macquarie University.

Associate Profesor Vemulpad explains, "Through these participation activities, our undergraduates will become socially responsible in reaching out and giving back to the wider community. This will provide us significant human resources to not only meet the needs of the high school students with whom we are currently engaged with, but also to expand to further schools".

The ALTC award was granted to ISEP in the category of Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with other Organisations. The awards, worth $25,000 each, will be presented during a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 16 August.

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