Videos, cupcakes, events around the country and thanks to hard-working pharmacists are all part of World Pharmacists Day 2019
“Safe and effective medicines for all” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day, which is being celebrated around the world.
According to the International Pharmaceutical Federation, this year’s theme aims to promote pharmacists’ crucial role in safeguarding patient safety through improving medicines use and reducing medication errors.
2019 marks the tenth year since the annual World Pharmacists Day was first designated by the FIP Council in Istanbul.
As the body responsible for regulating Australia’s 31,955 pharmacists (as at 30 June 2019), the Pharmacy Board says it is highlighting the expertise of pharmacists and the important role they have in supporting good health within the community.
“Pharmacists have a central role in ensuring medication safety across the continuum of care, and this year’s theme is a chance to highlight that. Pharmacist involvement in patient care can reduce errors, improve prescribing practices, and enhance patient monitoring across settings,” said Board Chair Brett Simmonds.
The Board says that as one of the fundamentals of pharmacy practice, pharmacists across a range of practice settings are promoting judicious, safe and effective use of medicines.
Pharmacists in all settings have essential responsibilities that improve patient safety, it says. Ensuring access to medication, supplying medication information, evaluating medication appropriateness, improving medication adherence and medication management all contribute to safe and effective medicines for all.
Pharmacists must maintain an awareness of the cultural needs and contexts of all patients and clients and provide a culturally safe environment to patients to obtain good health outcomes. They must also use their professional judgement to ensure that a medicine is safe and appropriate for a patient.
Pharmacists took to social media to celebrate the day:
— Anna Barwick MPS (@Anna_l_Barwick) September 24, 2019
Happy #WorldPharmacistsDay to the truly iconic pharmacists at @epic_pharmacy @IconCancerCtre and Slade Pharmacy who deliver such wonderful patient care every day of the year #BeIconic 💜💙💚💛 pic.twitter.com/wrwOVi8wky
— Cathie Reid AM (@cathiereid) September 25, 2019
— Shane MacDonald (@ShanePMacDonald) September 24, 2019
Today is World Pharmacist Day #WFD2019
Download the app and join in the celebrations
— Carlene McMaugh (@carlene_ngoma) September 24, 2019
Today Is Your Day!
PSA is celebrating World Pharmacists Day with events around the country to recognise the important role pharmacists have in ensuring safe and effective medicines for all. Stay tuned for updates @PSA_National #WorldPharmacistsDay #medicinesafety pic.twitter.com/jubppZgCvh
— PSA (@PSA_National) September 24, 2019
Celebrating #worldpharmacistday with @PSA_ACT_Branch President @RenaeBeardmore at the beautiful National Arboretum. Great to talk #digitalhealth and @MyHealthRec revised Guidelines for #pharmacists @AuDigitalHealth pic.twitter.com/hKmpaWx8Wu
— Andrew Matthews (@APharm68) September 24, 2019
Our highly trained local community Pharmacists can assist you with the best advice for your over-the-counter and prescription medicines. We respect their work in helping us all to manage medicines #WorldPharmacistsDay #PHN @RedHillPharmacy pic.twitter.com/A9uylrcZM6
— CapitalHealthNetwork (@CapitalHealthNw) September 24, 2019
Spending mine talking with @abcdarwin while on the 100km drive out to some amazing AHPs to talk medicines and collaboration
— Samuel Keitaanpaa (@SKeitaanpaa) September 24, 2019
This year's theme for World Pharmacists Day is "safe and effective medicines for all". We asked some of our members about why World Pharmacists Day matters, and how they help their patients to take their medicines safely and effectively. #WPD2019 https://t.co/fbnp2esLwx
— Pharmacy Guild (@PharmGuildAus) September 24, 2019
— AusPharmacyCouncil (@AusPharmCouncil) September 25, 2019
Celebrating World Pharmacist Day at @CentMedUseSafet
— Amy Page (@AmyTPage) September 25, 2019
I hate making videos but I love my role in ensuring everyone has the safe, effective medicines they need. Happy #WorldPharmacistsDay from the #FIP2019 Congress where I’m learning to be a better educator, collaborator, & advocate.#WPD2019 pic.twitter.com/c8YkKNMM52
— Tina Brock (@tmpbrock) September 25, 2019
Happy World Pharmacists Day!
Australian pharmacists are highly trained and highly regulated professionals who are experts in managing medicines.
Let's tell the world how important pharmacists are! 👏👏💊💊 pic.twitter.com/tzUhaadiuG
— The AJP (@AJPEditor) September 24, 2019