"New ideas and CPD points for pharmacists at NMS 2012

15 May 2012

Pharmacists attending the National Medicines Symposium (NMS 2012) will be able to apply for professional development points through the PSA.

Activities at the Symposium have been accredited for a total of 10 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 10 CPD credits) and 3 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 6 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan. A list of sessions and corresponding credits and accreditation numbers will be available at the registration desk.

Of particular interest to pharmacists, the concurrent stream “for safer use of medicines” includes clinical presentations on issues including the risk of diabetes complications with corticosteroid use and the effect on older women following the withdrawal of rofecoxib.

Professor Nick Barber from the UCL School of Pharmacy in London will deliver the opening presentation on initiatives in the UK to improve the medication system in the community. Prof Barber has focused his career on pharmacist interventions and will discuss electronic prescribing, evaluation of electronic patient records in hospitals and a re-engineering of the medication process in primary care. Delegates will also hear about a phone support service running in the UK by community pharmacists for patients starting a new medicine for a chronic condition that Prof Barber has been involved in setting up.

For the first time ever, an open audience discussion in the style of SBS's Insight program with facilitator Jenny Brockie will enable delegates to participate in a hardline look at Australia's National Medicines Policy and whether it needs a rethink 12 years on.

There will be several presentations on e-health records and other ways technology is being used to improve compliance and medicine management in multi-comorbid patients.

To register visit www.nps.org.au/nms2012


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