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* Pharmacy Self Care releases Phase II of Contraception Health Campaign
* Hayborough pharmacist awarded for excellence
Pharmacy Self Care releases Phase II of Contraception Health Campaign
Pharmacy Self Care has launched Phase II of its Contraception Health Campaign in partnership with Bayer Schering Pharma.
Phase I of the campaign, released in July, provided Self Care pharmacies with education and training resources on contraception, the new options available and how to assist their patients to choose and use the appropriate method.
Phase II also coincides with the release of a new formulation of combined oral contraceptive (COC). Up until now in Australia, COCs have consisted of a 21-day formulation, with or without seven days of inactive tablets. Now there is a new COC formulation consisting of 24 days of hormonal tablets with four days of inactive tablets.
The Phase II Contraception Health Campaign package includes:
* A consumer health-facts information deskpad;
* In-pharmacy health promotion posters; and
* Promotion stickers.
The package will be distributed to all Pharmacy Self Care member pharmacies across Australia.
Pharmacy Self Care is a program of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia represents the professional interests of pharmacists across the nation. It provides standards of practice, education, training and practice support for pharmacists and helps members of the profession to deliver quality health care to consumers.
For further information
Contact Sue Lovett at PSA National Office on (02) 6283 4724.
Hayborough pharmacist awarded for excellence
Justin Turner, of Hayborough Pharmacy, was named as South Australian Pharmacist of the Year at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (SA Branch) awards night on September 8.
The award was presented for Justin’s “outstanding commitment to professional pharmacy services”.
In presenting the award, PSA (SA Branch) President Grant Kardachi commended Justin’s achievements and commitment to delivering a range of professional pharmacy services.
“Justin’s work is a great example of how pharmacists play an important role as integral members of the health-care team,” Mr Kardachi said.
“Justin is an accredited pharmacist and works closely with local GPs to ensure the quality use of medicines and optimal patient outcomes.
“One aspect of this work involves Home Medicines Reviews where a GP refers Justin to visit a consumer in his or her home to assess how effectively they are using their medicines.
“Justin will discuss with the consumer their overall use of medicines – whether these are prescription, non-prescription or complementary – and assesses whether there may be issues such as potentially harmful interactions between different medicines.
“Such reviews are just one of a range of specialist pharmacy services provided by Justin and his staff at Hayborough Pharmacy.”
In accepting the award, Justin commended the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia for their commitment to professional pharmacy services and reflected on the satisfaction that comes with the delivery of patient-focused health care.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia is the organisation that represents the professional interests of Australia’s 18,000 pharmacists. It provides standards of practice, education, training and practice support for pharmacists and helps members of the profession to deliver quality health care to consumers.
For further information contact:
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
SA Branch President Grant Kardachi
08 8272 1211
Public Affairs Manager
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Ph: (02) 6283 4782
Mob: 0402 756 835