PSA fires up leadership program

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Pharmacists are invited to participate in the PSA’s Ignite Leadership Program for 2016.

The Ignite Leadership Program has been developed for early career pharmacists, and aims to nurture and assist high performing pharmacists to become future leaders who will drive innovation and strategy.

According to PSA president Joe Demarte, the program features interactive workshops, experiential and distance learning with a range of inspirational speakers, personal mentors, and networking opportunities.

“As part of the innovative program, participants enhance personal development and skills through the use of horses [which is] an innovative strategy unique to Ignite which aims to increase participants’ self-awareness as leaders,” says Demarte.

According to the PSA, the use of horses is part of the experiential leadership training element of the program which involves participants trying to develop and activate creative thinking in a totally new way.

The PSA says many people may find the size of the horse is a challenge itself and being able to work with that may bring a sense of achievement.However, no participants will be forced to work directly with a horse if they do not wish to, and can participate through observation.

“Ignite workshops are highly interactive and practical, enabling participants to go beyond theory to apply what they learn.  ignite not only prepares pharmacists to be a pharmacy leader, it also provides an experience to become a leader in daily life,” says Demarte.

As part of the Ignite program, participants also obtain units of credits towards the exclusive PSA Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice and the PSA Diploma of Leadership and Management.

Demarte says the opportunity to have mentors working close to participants will provide them with the expertise from other professionals that have travelled the same path.

“Being part of the ignite program is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, your talents and abilities while strengthening the confidence in your pharmacy knowledge.”

Applications are open to PSA members and Early Career Pharmacists (maximum 10 years post-registration).Places for the program are limited to 12 Early Career Pharmacists in 2016.

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