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Pharmacist recognised at NPS awards

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) congratulates Federal Councillor Dr Lisa Pont for her success in the National Medicinewise Awards, presented at the National Medicines Symposium 2016, being held in Canberra this week.
Dr Pont led The De-prescribing Project Team from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, Macquarie University in their project Managing the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in residential aged care. The project was the winner of the Excellence in health professional programs: <$100,000 budget category.
SHPA CEO Kristin Michaels said, “Dr Pont’s project has demonstrated an important intervention that helps older Australia’s get maximum benefit and minimum harm from their medicines.”
“The management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia and appropriate use of antipsychotics is important to our members,” she said.
“One of SHPA’s statements included in Choosing Wisely: the Next Wave which was launched in March, highlighted the need for more appropriate prescribing of antipsychotics,” Ms Michaels said.
Dr Pont said it was very satisfying to receive this award “but also to achieve what we did with the project”.

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