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


From the desk of the editor

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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As part of our information service, i2P informs on Conferences, Workshops and Seminars or press releases that may be of interest to pharmacists. PSA event information will be found here, but PSA news will continue to be published separately in the section reserved for PSA press releases.

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This month:

Community Pharmacy is facing the most challenging period in current memory!

While we won't have all the answers at Pharmacy 2014 “ the pharmacy management conference", we will be presenting a Program that is relevant to today's climate, addressing many of the tough questions we must all face if we are to continue to prosper in the months and years ahead.

What questions do you ask yourself when choosing a Conference to attend?
Will it provide value for money?
Are the topics relevant, addressing current issues?
Will I come away with ideas that I can implement in my business?
Is there adequate time for networking and meeting with suppliers?
Will the Conference tackle the tough issues such as;
Keeping up with the funding changes and understanding their likely impact on my business?
Is my front-of-shop business profitable – how do I work out how to improve the bottom line?
How can I get the best value from my team recognising my wages bill is both my biggest cost and my most important investment?
We all know that learning from others is the most cost-effective way to improve our businesses and this conference has a reputation for providing a quality program in an appealing location and at the right price.

Therefore we invite you to join us at the
Surfers Paradise Marriott Hotel & Spa from July 30
to August 1, where over the two and half days of conferencing, together we will work towards determining a better future for your
Community Pharmacy.


For further information and to Register, we invite you to visit
the conference website at

CPD Credits

This activity has been accredited for 15 Group 1 CPD Credits for inclusion on an individual pharmacist's CPD Record. Participants can convert the 15 Group 1 CPD credits into 6.5 Group 1 CPD credits and 16 Group 2 CPD credits upon successful completion of corresponding assessment for inclusion on an individual pharmacist’s CPD record. Accreditation Number: A1407FR


Kay Dunkley will be representing pharmacists at this conference and presenting a contributed paper about the work of the Pharmacists’ Support Service. I am passionate about the health and well-being of pharmacists and I encourage you to think about attending this conference in order to learn more about how we can create a healthier pharmacy workforce. I plan to report back on the conference in the November edition of i2P. I hope that I will be joined at the conference by other pharmacists interested in ensuring that the Australian pharmacy workforce addresses its own well-being and so is well equipped to care for the Australian community.
If you want to talk anonymously to another pharmacist about your own or a colleague’s health and well-being call the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910. The service is provided by pharmacists for pharmacists every day of the year between 8.00am and 11.00pm.


Health Professional’s Health Conference

caring for you caring for others

3rd to 5th October 2013

Sofitel Brisbane


Welcome from the Conference Chair 

I am very pleased to invite you to our Health Professionals' Health Conference which will be held at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane from 3rd to 5th October 2013. 

This conference recognises the enormous benefits for doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists and other allied health professionals who engage collaboratively in the creation of a healthier workforce.

Building on our previous experience hosting doctors' health conferences, we will provide a positive forum with our theme of Caring for you; Caring for others.

Whether we work in a small private practice or a large health institution, this conference will challenge us all to make personal and organisational decisions to enhance our own health. By focusing on promoting resilience and balance in our lives, this conference will move beyond documenting the health issues that confront health professions and focus on the positive transformation and empowerment of the health workforce. Clearly this will enhance our capacity to deliver better quality care to our patients.

We will have international speakers who will confront us and rejuvenate our passion to re-create a positive culture within our workplace by ensuring we are truly informed about the complexity of the issues around health professionals’ well-being.

Researchers will present the most up-to-date research in this field, while clinicians and medico-legal experts will guide us through difficulties that affect all of us in our day-to-day work.

Our dynamic pre-conference workshops presented by experienced clinicians and experts in self-care are designed to teach us how to care for our colleagues and to develop our skills to maintain our health. 

Registrations are open and I invite you to register your interest now and begin to organise your travel, so that you can join with us in sharing this perfect time in Queensland (we are so close to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast).

Don't forget to tell your peers!

Margaret Kay


Conference Chair



2013 Conference

On behalf of my colleagues on the Organising Committee it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us for Pharmacy 2013 - the pharmacy management conference which will be held at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas, Queensland from Wednesday 4 September to Saturday 7 September.

We look forward to welcoming those attending for the first time and to meeting up with our regular attendees at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas for Pharmacy 2013.

Jim Howard AM RFD

Pharmacy 2013 – the pharmacy management conference
On behalf of the Organising Committee: Lynne McLennan, Bill Ribbans, Tony Wojciechowski, Mark Woltmann and Bill Kelly.

If you would like you name placed on the mail list to receive further information on the Conference please complete the Expression of Interest form

Professional Development and CPD Credits

The Organising Committee is developing a program which will allow pharmacists the opportunity to not only contribute to their overall pharmacy management professional development but also to gain both Group 1 and Group 2 CPD credits.  Details of accreditation and allocation of Group credits will be advised shortly. 






ASMI 2013 AGM*, Conference and Awards Dinner 

Thursday 14 November 2013

 Waterview Convention Centre, Bicentennial Park, Homebush, Sydney

Stay tuned for more details over coming months.


* Please note that the AGM (Annual General Meeting) is for ASMI Members only.


Deidre Cox

Communications and Member Services Manager

Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI)

Level 22, 141 Walker Street

North Sydney NSW 2060

Tel: 02 9923 9403




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