Welcome to the December edition of i2P-Information to Pharmacists.
As we wind down in 2013 for the holiday period we will be filing some updates, but at a little more leisurely pace.
Where has the year gone?
Certainly the rate of change for 2013 has been more than hectic and there has been little time to organise thoughts and set appropriate directions.
This is the season for hard negotiations for the 6CPA but there is little left to squeeze.
Pharmacy has had the equivalent of bariatric surgery.
Government has taken it all, as usual.
As current price changes work their way through the pharmacy cash flow cycle, for some there will be insufficient- and heartburn.
Crunch time is that there will be more bankruptcies over 2014.
Media reports that some pharmacies have received free shop refits as a form of payment for purchasing a specific generic drug range is certainly not obvious, as the average pharmacy is in need of some renovation or repair and looking a bit jaded.
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Gerald Quigley is a Melbourne-based pharmacist who has a strong interest in complementary medicine. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, The National Herbalists Association of Australia and The Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
Kay Dunkley - BPharm, Grad Dip Hosp Pharm, Grad Dip Health Admin, MPS, MSHPA
Kay Dunkley is a pharmacist who has worked in hospital and organisational pharmacy for over 20 years. She has a broad experience working in public hospitals and in providing support to health professionals through government funded bodies and professional organisations. Kay also has a strong interest in the health and well being of health professionals and especially the role of peer support. Kay first became involved as a volunteer with the Pharmacists’ Support Service, a group which has been providing telephone support for pharmacists in Victoria since 1995. In 2005 Kay became the Program Coordinator for the Pharmacists’ Support Service and has assisted the service to become an independent organisation which is currently seeking to expand to provide support to pharmacists throughout Australia. In 2007, when AMA Victoria approached the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) with a view to establishing their own Peer Support Service; Kay accepted an invitation to assist. The AMA Victoria Peer Support Service commenced operation in February 2008. Kay currently coordinates both of these services and also works part-time as a consultant pharmacist in Residential Care Facilities.
Loretta Marron BSc
From a Skeptics Perspective: Loretta Marron, a science graduate with a business background, was Australian Skeptic of the Year for 2007 and in 2011. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Friends of Science in Medicine and that organisation won Australian Skeptic of the Year for 2012. Loretta edits the websites www.healthinformation.com.au & www.scienceinmedicine.org.au
Chris Foster is a Chartered Accountant and partner in Green Taylor Partners, with over 33 years experience in working with small/medium business clients. Chris's interest in pharmacy goes back to his mother, who as a registered pharmacist, managed a pharmacy for over 26 years. Chris has worked with pharmacy clients for over 26 years and has an in-depth knowledge of those factors that make a business profitable and successful. Chris is a true believer in practicing what he preaches thus is a successful business owner and investor in his own right. Green Taylor Partners was also ranked in the top 8 firms in Australia by business performance in the 2011 Australia wide survey "The Good, the Bad & The Ugly" as conducted by Business Fitness. Chris can be contacted for an obligation free discussion about your business performance on 03 53824761 or email: email@example.com
I have many years of experience as a science teacher and I have lectured in environmental health issues. I began a PhD in environmental health policy at Wollongong University in 2007 and lectured and researched in Environmental Health at Murdoch University from 2008 – 2010. I am currently completing my PhD at Wollongong University.
Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues
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Neil Johnston is a pharmacist who trained as a management consultant. He was the first consultant to service the pharmacy profession and commenced practice as a full time consultant in 1972, specialising in community pharmacy management, pharmacy systems, preventive medicine and the marketing of professional services. He has owned, or part-owned a total of six pharmacies during his career, and for a decade spent time both as a clinical pharmacist and Chief Pharmacist in the public hospital system. He has been editor of i2P since 2000.
Peter Sayers is vitally concerned about pharmacy professional practice - its innovation, its research and development, and its delivery to create an ongoing revenue stream. Delivery of healthcare is increasingly involved with Information Technology systems. All perspectives in IT must be considered for the impact on pharmacy practice and its viability.
Introducing current ideas, perspectives and issues, to the profession of pharmacy
Harvey Mackay is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate, and is one of America's most popular and entertaining business speakers. Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world.
Mark Neuenschwander has earned his reputation as one of the nations' leading authorities on dispensing and point of administration automation. Whether writing, lecturing or problem solving with a client, Mark communicates in terms and concepts that are easy to grasp and apply. His fresh perspective and keen insight stem from having invested thousands of hours in research and in-depth consulting with clients.
Dr David More
From a Medical IT Perspective: I am vitally interested in making a difference to the quality and safety of Health Care in Australia through the use of information technology. There is no choice.. it has to be made to work! That is why I keep typing. Disclaimer - Please note all the commentary are personal views based on the best evidence available to me - If I have it wrong let me know!
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Professional Pharmacists Australia Spokesperson
Professional Pharmacists Australia (formerly APESMA) is the organisation that represents employee or contractor pharmacists industrially.
Dr Andrew Byrne & Associates
A Harm-Minimisation Research Perspective: Dr Byrne (and his associates) advocate for better policies which are proven to reduce risks for drug users and the general community, under a framework in parallel with Australia’s official policy of harm minimisation.
Barry Urquhart, Managing Director of Marketing Focus, Perth. Barry is an internationally recognised conference keynote speaker, facilitator of strategic planning workshops and marketing business coach.
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Fiona Sartoretto Verna AIAPP
Architect, landscape architect and painter Fiona has lived for several years in the United States where she worked on the East Coast. Married with two small daughters she travels all around the globe researching innovative concepts in retail pharmacy. She graduated with honors in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture "La Sapienza", University of Rome. Currently she is one of the owners of Sartoretto Verna Pharmacy design worldwide (http://www.sartorettoverna.com/) that has its headquarters in Rome, where she lives. Other offices and showrooms are located in Turin, North of Italy. Fiona is part of the new generation of Italian architects and landscape architects who bring new ideas and innovative technologies together as an integrated whole.
Baz Bardoe is a post graduate researcher, journalist and media analyst. He has qualifications in anthropology, marketing and business. His articles have appeared in 'Popular Science', 'Defence Today', 'Online Opinion' and many others. He is currently a military officer and hopes to commence PhD studies in 2014. He has an ongoing interest in issues relating to ethics and accountability. His views are from a personal perspective and do not purport to represent the views of the ADF in any capacity.