Missed APP highlights? We’ve got you covered


It’s been a busy few days over the Guild’s Australian Pharmacy Professional conference… so in case you missed them, here’s our roundup of the conference’s top highlights

For many, highlights included a number of prestigious awards:

  • Southcity Pharmacy Wagga Wagga won the overall Pharmacy of the Year award for 2018: watch our interview with co-proprietor Luke van der Rijt here.
  • The Southcity was also the winner of the Community Engagement category.
  • Gerald Burns Pharmacy was named the Professional Innovation winner.
  • The Friendlies Pharmacy Busselton won the Business Management category.
  • Tim Stewart was named Intern of the Year.
  • The Karumba Pharmacy took out the rural and remote pharmacy video competition.

Health Minister Greg Hunt took delegates through the Government’s response to the King Review, and chatted with reporters about a number of issues facing the sector. Watch his full keynote address here.

We found out what APP delegates are hoping for in the 7CPA; retail experts warned us about the possible impact of Amazon‘s potential activities; and the inaugural Ann Dalton Address explored issues of women’s leadership in pharmacy beyond tokenism.

We spoke to PSA president Dr Shane Jackson about the “imminent” moves towards pharmacist prescribing, which he says is achievable by 2020. Watch the full interview here.

We heard that medicines supply is under threat and why… and how the Guild and NPSA are seeking to tackle the issue; and Shadow Health Minister Catherine King talked about why pharmacists’ scope of practice needs to grow.

Find out why John Bronger said, “Get some guts you princesses…” check out what happened at the tongue-in-cheek Great Debate here.

And at the conference’s end, its chair Kos Sclavos told us that it was an “inspiring” event full of positivity.

More notable interviews

  • Guild national president George Tambassis told us about the highlights of APP2018 as he sees it.
  • PDL‘s Curtis Ruhnau talked about the importance of creating a no-blame culture when it comes to crises.
  • We got a student perspective from NAPSA president Sandra Minas.
  • Fred IT‘s Paul Naismith discussed cybersecurity and the future of pharmacy IT.
  • Tina Scrine, the Guild’s industrial relations manager, took us through the ways pharmacy can use social media.
  • Toni Riley and two of the winning pharmacists in last year’s RUM Australia’s Oldest Medicines competition told us all about what they found.
  • We spoke to PSSGillian Swinnerton on the topic of pharmacists and mental health.
  • NSW Guild president David Heffernan explored some of the issues his members are facing and his fresh perspective on the role.
  • Queensland president Trent Twomey talked about Greg Hunt and what the Queensland branch has been up to.
  • Victorian president Anthony Tassone spoke about the state’s real-time monitoring system and more.
  • Media icon Ita Buttrose spoke to us about dementia and ways to reduce the risk of developing it.
  • We spoke to Michael King, Head of Pharmacy Sales at GSK, to discuss the state of play in the pain sector.
  • Dr Raewyn Tierney, Fertility Specialist and CEO of Conceiveplease, talked about how to get fertility fit.
  • Pharmacy 777 Managing Director, Kim Brotherson, came to our stand to chat about professional services in pharmacy.

Daily dose

And for the quickest wrapup of APP each day, check out our Daily Doses:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

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