Welcome to the May 2013 edition of i2P - Information to pharmacists.
Economic turbulence seems to now be arriving in Australia with forecasts of high inflation rates, which also means high interest rates following on.
This type of economic forecast also means that banks will be more fractious with their borrowers. They are already offside with pharmacy due to the high level of bankruptcies over the past two years.
There is a pent up demand for a general wage increase for pharmacists impacting at a point in this month where pharmacy gross profit generally, is in decline.
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Mark is a semi-retired pharmacist.
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.
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.
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.
Anthony Huxley & Peter Krasenstein
Anthony Huxley (standing) and Peter Krasenstein (sitting) are two entrepreneur directors involved in PharmaChoice health insurance services. Anthony is managing director and Peter is a pharmacist. The blend of their different backgrounds combine to successfully fill a hole in professional services in the pharmacy market mix.
Neil Retallick is a former General Manager, Merchandising, for National Pharmacies, the successful community pharmacy model owned by the Friendly Societies. Neil holds a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from Monash University, is a CPM and a graduate of the AICD.He began his career with Myer Stores Ltd and worked for FMCG companies including TIA (Sheridan) and Pacific Dunlop. Prior to these roles Neil worked for Cadbury Schweppes Drinks Division - Grocery, and Trimex Pty Ltd in Victoria in State management roles.
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.
Editing and Researching news and stories about global and local Pharmacy Issues
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.
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.
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
Joe Conway is an Irish born pharmacist who qualified in the UK in 1998.
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.
Keeping you up to date with PSA activities.
Regular information provided by NPS – Better choices, better health - NPS enables people to be medicinewise.
Information and news from the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) provided by Michelle Sollitt-Davis (ASMI PR Manager). Contact her on 02 9923 9410 or email email@example.com
From the desk of the editor
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.
Editing and Researching news and stories about Australian and International Pharmacy Issues
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.