The First Equality Statement from the PSA

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​Last week, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) released its Equality Statement, which encourages pharmacists to consider how they might offer more welcoming, ethical, and unbiased treatment to LGBTQIA+ Australians. A shift in healthcare organisations is also urged by the declaration in order to better support inclusive healthcare.

Some of the constructive ways pharmacists can support the LGBTQIA+ community include the following:

  • Avoiding heterosexist and cis-gendered language

  • Making sure chosen names and pronouns are regularly used in medical records

  • Acknowledging spouses or family of choice as legal guardians and decision-makers in a patient's health

According to Dr. Fei Sim, FPS, the PSA National President, to enhance the health outcomes for LGBTQIA+ persons, all healthcare workers have a responsibility to promote an open, welcoming, and inclusive culture. She believes that the LGBTQIA+ community is a flexible one but still experiences discrimination when it comes to health services.

Based on research from La Trobe University, almost 80% of Australians who identify as LGBTQIA+ reported experiencing prejudice because of gender diversity, while 57% of LGBTQIA+ Australians reported experiencing discrimination because of their sexual preference.

For Dr. Fei Sim, pharmacists are essential in helping transgender and gender nonconforming patients who are receiving hormone therapy that is gender supportive. PSA is pleased to provide pharmacist training on transgender and gender-balanced health care and to assist pharmacists in delivering inclusive care.

To read more about the First Equality Statement, please click here.

Finalists for the Guild/MIMS Intern of the Year 2022 Announced

Four candidates for The Pharmacy Guild of Australia/MIMS Intern of the Year 2022 have been announced, with Tasmania and Queensland in the lead. Tasmania representatives are the following:

  • Melanie Cheong (Longford Discount Pharmacy)

  • Joelynn Lim (Priceline Pharmacy Kingston Channel Court)

On the other hand, Queensland representatives are the following:

  • Ben Lumsden (Pharmacy First, Mount Isa)

  • Georgina Morris (LiveLife Pharmacy Bowen Healthcare)

APP2023 will be held on the Gold Coast in March, and the winner will also get flights, lodging, and complete registration as well as a cash reward of $4,500 from MIMS Australia to support their study.

According to Trent Twomey, the Guild’s National President, the award honours the hard-working and creative intern pharmacists who work in the field. The finalists show their dedication to the community as well as their initiation to improve the profession.

The Australian Pharmacy Professional Conference and Trade Exhibition (APP2023), which will take place on the Gold Coast from March 23–26, 2023, will reveal the recipient of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia/MIMS Intern of the Year Award during the Opening Plenary. To learn more, please click here.

Sydney Welcomes Pharmacy Assistant National Conference 2023

This year's Pharmacy Assistant National Conference will feature significant changes, including a new look, a new date, and a new venue. The conference will now take place from August 31 through September 2 at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney.

The Pharmacy Assistant National Conference (PA2023) will take place in 2023 in tandem with Pharmacy Connect, an annual gathering of pharmacists and pharmacy owners hosted by the Pharmacy Guild.

The latest trade show this year is free and open to attendees of both events. With more than 50 stands, it gives pharmacy assistants access to even more vendors in the sector who are showcasing the most recent goods and services.

A highlight of the conference is the national winner of the prestigious Pharmacy Guild of Australia / Maxigesic Pharmacy Assistant of the Year Award.

According to Professor Trent Twomey, National President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, in the country, Sydney has the biggest pharmaceutical market. This robust community pharmacy base, along with the proximity of several of the country's top pharmacy schools, will increase the number of conference registrants.

With over 800 attendees anticipated for Pharmaceutical Connect and over 300 anticipated for PA2023, the combined event provides the pharmacy sector with more possibilities for networking and professional development outside of pharmacy walls. Learn more about the conference here.

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