The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) finished its annual congress with a ‘touch of gold’ themed ball and $5,000 raised for charity. The Gala Ball was held at the Bendigo Town Hall and delegates united to support the South Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association’s (SAPSA) efforts to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), raising more than $5,000 on the evening, bringing the total to $6,254. Jamie Pisani of Charles Sturt University won the Pharmacy of the Year NAPSA wild card round, going on to compete against the other state finalists for the overall title at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Pharmacy Australia Congress in October. NAPSA president Xavier Agostino said he was impressed at how well the delegates were educated about and thoroughly debated the major issues facing the pharmacy profession, such as accelerated price disclosure and the administration of vaccinations in community pharmacy. Around 250 delegates attended the annual event. The 2015 NAPSA Congress will be held on the Gold Coast in January.
PHARMACIST delivered health interventions should be included on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to increase the role the profession plays in addressing the healthcare needs of Australians, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) believes.
COMPANION selling probiotics with prescription medicines is “no coke ‘n’ fries” add-on, but a strong evidence-based health intervention that pharmacists can provide to support their patients, according to former Pharmacy Guild of Australia National President, Kos Sclavos.