The future of education

Kirstie Galbraith PDL Director for VIC (and LLLP Committee Member) and Gilbert Yeates PDL Director for QLD at the LLLP Conference, of which PDL was a supporter.

Recent Life Long Learning in Pharmacy conference looks at how we are shaping tomorrow’s pharmacists

“Where to from here for pharmacy education” was a clear theme throughout the successful 12th International Life Long Learning in Pharmacy (LLLP) conference which drew over 240 delegates from across the globe to Brisbane.

This three-day event enabled delegates to examine the trends in pharmacy overseas as well as the future expectations and standards that will be required for education in pharmacy – around the theme of ‘shaping tomorrow’s practitioners for today’.

The Australian Pharmacy Council (APC), which hosted the event in Brisbane, said the granular examination of how pharmacy is set to evolve in the health sector was fascinating.

APC CEO, and Host Committee Chair, Bronwyn Clark said more than 120 speakers shared their knowledge and expertise from their various countries and jurisdictions about the direction in which pharmacy education is heading, the opportunities with continuing professional development, the types and styles of leadership that make a difference to pharmacy in other parts of the globe and the important elements needed to achieve interprofessional collaboration and practice.

“What triggered a lot of discussion was the ‘prophetical’ in which pharmacy students and staff explored hypothetical issues with a prophecy about where pharmacy and pharmacy education needs to be,” Ms Clark said.

“The next generation is the cohort we need to take notice of and work so closely with as they are the generation that will take our profession forward in bold ways as new technologies, online systems and opportunities not seen before will become their pharmacy ‘bread and butter’,” she said.

“Our conference also explored the personality traits pharmacists need to work in a new emerging areas of practice. Prof Zubin Austin reminded delegates that collaboration is not just about leadership, experience and resilience but also about being pragmatic, adaptable, holistic and outward looking.”

Other topics explored included:
• Dr Gloria Dall’Alba, Becoming Pharmacy Professionals: Curriculum Development for the 21st Century
• Dr Catriona Bradley, Coaching a Profession: The evolution of CPD in Pharmacy
• Dr Gabrielle Brand, The Physiology of Teaching: Getting the balance right
• Professor Debra Rowett, Through the looking glass: interprofessional communication in practice – nothing is quite what it seems

Following this successful 12th event, APC now hands over the LLLPharm baton to Dublin, scheduled for July 2020.

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