PSA has launched a new forum to offer rural pharmacists increased engagement
At the Rural Pharmacist Special Interest Group (Rural SIG) forum at PSA17 in Sydney, PSA launched a Facebook page specifically for rural-based PSA members.
Speaking at the launch, PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson says many PSA members living in rural and remote areas often do not have the means to interact as easily with their peers and PSA as pharmacists in urban areas.
“This Facebook page offers a platform for rural pharmacists to discuss and share innovative rural practice ideas and provides an opportunity to promote vacant positions and career opportunities,” he says.
“I urge rurally-based pharmacists to ‘like’ the Rural SIG FB page and help us advocate for rural practice by using it to provide feedback and keep the discussion on rural pharmacy issues alive.
“It will provide a direct channel for increased engagement by rural pharmacists with PSA and a networking opportunity for rurally-based pharmacists to pass on information, seek advice from their peers and share experiences,” Dr Jackson says.
PSA Rural SIG Coordinator Mark Kirschenbaum says: “Rural pharmacy issues are often under-represented in the debate around health funding and support. PSA’s commitment to strengthening the Rural Pharmacists Special Interest Group is welcome and with PSA members’ support, will provide a voice to advocate for better pharmacy services for rural Australians.”
The Rural SIG is open to all PSA members. To get further information about the Rural SIG contact firstname.lastname@example.org