Welcome to the September 2008 edition of Information to Pharmacists (i2P).
This month we have all the usual columns and an interesting array of conferences in the “Find it Here” section.
If you can get along, the best management conference for the year will be held at Cairns on the 3rd September, hosted by the Friendly Societies, and we would also point you to a new perspective in medicine promoted by an interesting organisation known as a5m.
Their conference is set for September 6th.
This entity promotes the science and evidence-based research developed under the banner of anti-aging, and is a fascinating and interesting emerging body of medicine.
With all the ‘Baby Boomer” retirees coming on stream, this represents a useful and expanding market for pharmacist engagement.
Look it up because you will have to register quickly or miss out.
Note that ASMI is also having their AGM and conference in November and it always proves to be an interesting event.
With the release of the Garnaut Report and the media continuing focus on carbon emissions, it is little wonder that business at large is looking to get on with the job and play its part.
Pharmacy too has a job to complete. How many of you read the Con Berbatis Report in the August edition of i2P and the effect of global warming on human health and mortality?
Better go back and have a look and also read the article in this month’s edition on “Carbon Footprints- Will This Involve Pharmacy?”
It’s time to become engaged even though official pharmacy has yet to come to terms with this issue that will progressively impact on pharmacy daily activities like no other.
But although the process of sustainability requires major change, it will be mostly positive (unlike PBS Reforms).
This month Mark Coleman takes up the issue of the lack of representation for pharmacy service companies and makes a few pertinent comments.
As these types of companies are likely to be the drivers for pharmacy clinical services and the innovators for climate control adjustment relating to pharmacy issues, there is a need to nurture this type of enterprise and not be obstructive to their endeavours.
Rollo Manning has a different, but supporting perspective and wonders why pharmacists are not locating with other health professionals, as a means of building communication and relevancy for pharmacy professional services.
Neil Retallick has a comment on the pharmacy wholesalers, their CSO and the odd situation of a PGA negotiated agreement with the DoHA. Garry Boyd has another interesting story on patents, while Stephen Carbonara has some strong commentary on the issue of medication continuance.
Check your own position against Stephen’s arguments.
Chris Wright gets himself entangled with some nursing home staff, Rollo Manning weighs in with another thoughtful article on indigenous health, Loretta Marron discusses iridology and its origins, while Andrew Bryant has some strong words regarding the training of pharmacy students and the proliferation of pharmacy schools, all going towards damaging the job market for pharmacists.
Dr Andrew Byrne introduces an associate who reports on the latest in adult ADHD and substance use disorders.
Harvey Mackay has some advice in training to use the latest tools in technology, Dr David More marvels at the different ways NEHTA manipulates and confuses its responsibilities to deliver e-health and Barry Urquhart has a dissertation on change and advises “The one constant is not change, It is the customers’ perceptions.”
Ponder on that and adjust your perspective accordingly.
A good read for the month of September if you manage to read your way through the entire e-magazine.
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