Going out west


camels at Pharmeducation conference, Broome

Broome was a terrific venue for the first ever Pharmeducation conference, says event organiser Debbie Rigby 

Pharmeducation held its inaugural Pharmacotherapy conference in Broome at the beginning of August, with presenters Prof Jeff Hughes, Dr Geraldine Moses and Debbie Rigby and in conjunction with Mathew Lazarow from Amaco Travel.

The week-long conference attracted a great mix of pharmacists, general practitioners, nurses, dentists and an Aboriginal health worker.

Topics covered ‘common’ medicines and conditions such as statins, vitamin D, hypertension, calcium channel blockers, NSAIDs and complementary medicines.

Presentations on the microbiome and probiotics attracted much interest and discussion. The interprofessional learning environment generated different perspectives that were valued by all.

Feedback from participants highlighted the mix of quality medicines education in a beautiful part of Australia – “A very enjoyable, relaxed but informative conference. I especially enjoyed the informal nature of the whole event” and “I was very impressed with the conference and really liked the small group size.”

The conference was timed to see the spectacular Staircase to the Moon and ample time for relaxing on beach walks, camel rides, whale watching, pearl farms and other local tours.

“This conference and the format was something different to what I have experienced with conference tours. The content is very relevant to clinical practice in medicine. It was an enjoyable short break in a spectacular part of Australia with a good balance of education and relaxation.”

Participants and speakers are looking forward to next year’s conference in another amazing location. Stay tuned at www.pharmeducation.com.au and http://www.amacotravel.com.au/

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