The 41st PSA Offshore Refresher Conference was officially opened by PSA national president Joe Demarte on 2 May in Cape Town, South Africa.
Demarte outlined the PSA’s important role is establishing new practice models for the profession, and new roles for pharmacists, including Health Destination Pharmacy, which places the pharmacist as the healthcare provider, community pharmacy as the health destination, with the patient at the centre.
He said central to the challenges confronting the profession included many young pharmacists who are disillusioned by career path options and wage rates which have been in decline for some time.
He said new evidence-based models of practice would lead to new income streams and new roles for pharmacists.
“Unless we place the patient at the centre of all we do, pharmacists will lose their relevance,” he warned.
Demarte also announced to delegates that the Australian government has officially recognised PSA as the peak national body for pharmacists in Australia.
Professor Sarel Malan, president of the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa, also addressed delegates on the state of pharmacy in South Africa and former chief negotiator for the National Party Government provided delegates with an insight into the process of negotiation which started with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and resulted in the end of apartheid six years later.
L-R: Prof Sarel Malan, president, Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa; Joe Demarte, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia; Ben Playle, Australian Deputy High Commissioner; John Bell, acting conference chair; and Roelf Meyer, formerly chief negotiator for the National Party Government on the settlement of the South African conflict which ended apartheid.