September 24, 2015
PSA celebrates World Pharmacists Day with campaign highlighting value of being member of the society (MPS)
Friday September 25 is World Pharmacists Day and to mark the occasion the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has launched a campaign letting the community know of the great work that pharmacists do and that Members of the PSA (MPS) are committed to excellence in pharmacist care.
National President of the PSA, Joe Demarte, said the World Pharmacists Day theme of “Pharmacist: Your Partner in Health” aligned with the principles of being a member of the PSA.
“MPS is the mark of recognition that gives consumers the confidence that their pharmacist is committed to better health for them and their families,” he said.
“As an MPS, their pharmacist plays an integral role in improving the health of our nation.”
Mr Demarte said the MPS campaign would be ongoing and would highlight the work pharmacists do in improving consumer health outcomes.
“We have produced a consumer infomercial that will be shown on our website and social media to inform consumers of the role of pharmacists in improving health, and what MPS means to them. Already thousands of people have connected with the campaign on Facebook,” he said.
“Underlying this is the value of PSA membership in supporting its members deliver excellence in pharmacist care.”
The campaign, with the theme of “MPS: Committed to Better Health for You” highlights the value of being a PSA member and using the MPS (Member of the Pharmaceutical Society) post nominal. It also seeks to raise consumer awareness of what an MPS is.
September 21, 2015
PSA welcomes new team as one of strongest seen in health portfolio
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has welcomed the continuing appointment of the Hon Sussan Ley as Minister for Health, and the announcement of Senator the Hon Fiona Nash as Minster for Rural Health and Mr Ken Wyatt AM as Assistant Minister for Health in the first Turnbull Ministry announced yesterday.
National President of the PSA, Joe Demarte, said the health portfolio had been given prominence in the Ministry and was now one of the strongest the sector had seen.
“We have a very good working relationship with Minister Ley and I welcome her reappointment and the opportunity to continue the strong ties we have established with her and her department,” Mr Demarte said.
“A priority for PSA will be continuing to discuss with the Minister and the Government the need to ensure that the skills and knowledge of Australia’s pharmacists are fully utilised in our health system and that consumers benefit from this better utilisation.
“PSA is at the forefront of developing and implementing innovation in the pharmacy sector with the aim of achieving the best possible health outcomes for Australians.”
Mr Demarte said the appointment Mr Wyatt as the first Assistant Minister for Health of indigenous heritage would add a deeper understanding to the portfolio regarding the needs of indigenous Australians.
“The PSA has a strong commitment to meeting the health needs of indigenous Australians and Australians in rural and remote communities and Mr Wyatt’s appointment will strengthen moves to ensure indigenous Australians have access to the best possible health care.
“This commitment to rural and regional Australians is further strengthened in the appointment of Senator Nash as Minister for Rural Health. Senator Nash has broad experience, most recently as Assistant Minister for Health, and brings to her new position a depth of understanding of the health portfolio.
“PSA looks forward to continuing to work with the new health team to show how pharmacists can help to improve the health of all Australians.”