Top pharmacists to share advice at PSA15

PSA15 will feature Samantha Kourtis

The PSA has announced two attractions in the lineup for its new concept in pharmacy conferences, PSA15: the new conference will feature two award-winning pharmacists who will share with delegates their hands-on experiences in the growing area of health service delivery.

Canberra’s Samantha Kourtis (pictured) will share her knowledge of wound management and Bathurst’s Paul Jones will relate how sleep apnoea services have gained prominence in his pharmacy.

Kourtis is a community pharmacist and the managing partner of Capital Chemist Charnwood (ACT), which was named QCPP Pharmacy of the Year 2014. She was also named Telstra ACT Business Woman of the Year 2014.

During her session, Kourtis will explain the steps she took when planning to offer her wound management service and describe what actually happens in her pharmacy when a patient requires wound management assistance and care.

She will offer useful tips to pharmacists looking to set up a sustainable, financially viable and valued wound management service in their pharmacies and provide advice on overcoming the barriers to successful implementation.

Paul Jones, a community pharmacist since 1997, has been working mainly in rural and regional areas of NSW, but has also worked as a hospital pharmacist in Manchester, England.

He has lived and worked in Moree, Forbes, Parkes, Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange as a pharmacist and bought Moodie’s pharmacy in January 2003. In 2014, Moodie’s Pharmacy was a top 10 finalist for QCPP Pharmacy of the Year and in 2015, it was the winner in the professional services division.

Since taking over the pharmacy in 2003, the team at Moodie’s Life Pharmacy has been committed to providing an environment that has a “can do attitude” and which fosters lifelong learning for all team members.

Jones is passionate about meeting the needs of patients, particularly where access to health services is not accessible or timely and as a result, Moodie’s pharmacy has had a consultation room since 2005. This was complemented by the addition of a consultation booth in 2007, and in 2012, two consultation rooms known as “Easy Clinic rooms” were added.

The Easy Clinic rooms has allowed the team to develop a range of services that are delivered to patients and these include weight loss, blood pressure monitoring, cholesterol testing, quit smoking, sleep apnoea, influenza vaccination, Medschecks and so on.

Both these speakers will provide delegates with invaluable information on professional service delivery and are not to be missed, the PSA says.

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