THIS month pharmacy students and interns had the opportunity to engage with pharmacy owners, employed pharmacists and members of the pharmacy industry at the Australian College of Pharmacy’s ‘Speed Networking’ event in Adelaide. The event ran in a similar way to speed dating, whereby the attending pharmacy students/interns were allotted time-limited intervals with the pharmacy professionals to discuss current pharmacy issues, ask questions and develop networking skills. After the 15 minute interval was over the participants then rotated. According to the ACP, the event was so well received that 80% of participants stayed a further two hours to unofficially network with industry guests and leaders. The Adelaide event followed the inaugural ‘Speed Networking’ event held at the ACP Annual Conference in Brisbane last month. “The College believes this new type of event structure will attract and develop pharmacy students, interns and pharmacists in a challenging environment with the skills required to be successful in the industry,” the ACP said. Pictured here at the event are (from left) pharmacists Lloyd Smith, Michael Bakker, Daniel Rifkin and NAPSA President Chris Braithwaite.
THE Pharmacy Guild of Australia has formally urged the Queensland government to establish a Pharmacy Council, with the move said to bring the state into line with all other Australian jurisdictions as well as “play an important role in bridging health gaps where pharmacies’ competencies could assist a health system under pressure”.