Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
Associate Professor Christopher Freeman
since November 2018
Chief Executive Officer
since December 2019
|Level 1, 17 Denison Street Deakin West, ACT, Australia|
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is a professional organisation of Australian pharmacists. PSA is the peak national body for pharmacists, representing all of the pharmacy profession in Australia, with approximately 18,000 members. PSA is the major provider of continuing professional development programmes for pharmacists in Australia. PSA also organises various pharmacy events including a national conference attended by over 1,200 delegates from around Australia and internationally. PSA publishes the Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary, the Australian Pharmacist journal, and various other pharmacy publications.[ citation needed ]
Members of PSA are entitled to use the postnominal MPS, while Fellows of the Society are entitled to use FPS.[ citation needed ]
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the national professional organisation for pharmacists in Australia. The National PSA was formed in 1977 and was made up of state pharmaceutical societies, several of which were in existence before Federation. The Western Australian branch was the only one that retains a regulatory role, similar to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, whereas the other branches were incorporated societies. Each of these State Societies retained their autonomy, but accepted direction from the PSA National Council. Because the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society in Western Australia was responsible for the administration of the Pharmacy Act in this State, it was unable to subjugate itself to a form of Federal control. This role ceased when the national registration scheme under National Law came in to effect when the Pharmacy Board of Australia came into effect in 2009 under the auspices of the Australian Health Professional Registration Agency (AHPRA).
The state and territory societies were:
Unification as One PSA occurred in 2008. The establishment of the PSA was aimed at providing the profession not only with a national identity, but an opportunity to more effectively regulate its affairs, to achieve better coordination in consultation and liaison with the Commonwealth Government, other professions and industry.
The PSA’s purpose at unification was to enable pharmacists to optimise their contribution to improved health outcomes for the community through excellence in the practice of pharmacy. The key objectives for which the PSA is established include:
There are some states where the state entity remains. The Pharmaceutical Society of Victoria remains in place to serve Victorian members of PSA.
All pharmacy students, pre-registration pharmacists and pharmacists are eligible for membership. Members can use the post-nominal MPS (members of the Pharmaceutical Society). Pharmacy students receive free membership. Pre-registration pharmacists, also known as interns, must successfully complete an approved Intern Training Program. If they elect to undertake the Intern Training Program through PSA, then their membership is included in the course fees. Pharmacist members receive discounts membership rates on an increasing sliding scale for the first five years post-registration to support early career pharmacists and in recognition that these pharmacists are likely on lower incomes than more senior pharmacists.
Membership of the PSA is not restricted to one particular group of pharmacists. In this way, the PSA is the leading advocacy organisation for all pharmacists, influencing attitudes, opinions and policies through representation, networking, consultation and a range of publications and health promoting programs and resources. In recognition of this membership, the Australian Government awarded the PSA the status as Peak Body.
There are two different pathways for fellowship. All nominations for fellowship have to be approved by the board. Fellowship is granted to pharmacists in recognition of their achievements or contribution. Alternatively, pharmacists are eligible to become a life-time fellow after 50 years of continuous membership.
It is uncommon for a pharmacist to be elevated to fellow with only 66 pharmacists (0.001%) recognised as fellows. There are 650 pharmacists who are life-time fellows (0.08%). This low rate means that it is considered a great honour to be elevated to a fellow.
Fellows continue to pay for membership, whereas lifetime fellows are provided with free membership.
Fellows can use the postnomial FPS.
PSA is a unified national society that operates to serve its members (pharmacy students, interns and pharmacists in Australia).
The state branches (Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, Canberra, and Western Australia) have branch committees with representatives elected by the members. Each state branch committee elects a president and two vice-presidents. Each person is eligible to remain on the branch committee for up to five consecutive three-year terms (a total of fifteen years). After the five consecutive terms, the member must not hold a position for at least three years before they are eligible to nominate again. The five terms were all considered to have commenced from the time the state branches unified to a single national body in 2008. This means that long standing members who have served on the branch committees since the time of unification will have completed their five year terms in 2023.
The national board is a decision-making body with the power to make binding decisions on branches.[ citation needed ] The national board consists of one branch committee member from each state who is elected to the national board, except Victoria and New South Wales who have two national board members elected from the branch committee as they have a larger number of members. There is also a board member selected by application to represent early career members, defined as a pharmacist who has been registered for less than 10 years. A board member can serve a maximum of five consecutive three-year terms for a total of fifteen year.
The presidents and vice-presidents of the PSA are elected annually from the members of the Board. The president can serve a term of up to four years. The maximum term had been three years until 2013, which had previously been extended from a maximum of two years in 2002 . Since the organisation was nationally unified in 2008, the President and Vice Presidents have taken office on the 1st of July each year for a 12-month term. They have been:
Prior to unification:
The society has sub-committees that inform and support the work of the board. The sub-committees include the Finance committee, Policy Advice Committee and Practice Support and Education.
The Choosing Wisely Working Group is a working group in existence for 2017 to 2019 to develop messages for the Choosing Wisely initiative.
The Rural Pharmacist Special Interest Group is formed of pharmacists in rural and remote parts of Australia, including a representative from a rural university and a representative from the rural pharmacist academic network (Rural Pharmacy Support Network) located at each of the Universities of Rural Health.
The Early Career Pharmacist working group is an active group to provide support for, and advocate on behalf of, pharmacists who have been registered for less than 10 years. The group developed a "white paper" on the issues important to early career pharmacists in 2017 under the guidance of the first early career pharmacist representative on the board, Ms Taren Gill.
In 2018, new leadership groups were formed to support practice in specialised areas including General Practice Pharmacists and Medication Review Pharmacists and Diabetes Education.
These new leadership groups replied the two former special interest groups (SIGs) for accredited pharmacists and rural pharmacists. The SIGs had a representative from each state, with the potential to co-opt an additional member if required. The leadership group draws its membership by skill and expertise rather than geographic representative.
|Year||ACT President||NSW President||Queensland President||SA / NT President||Tasmania President||Victoria President||WA President|
|2020||Renae Beardmore||Peter Carroll||Chris Campbell||Robyn Johns||Ella van Tienen||John Jackson||Fei Sim|
|2019||Renae Beardmore||Peter Carroll||Chris Campbell||Robyn Johns||Ella van Tienen||Ben Marchant||Fei Sim|
|2018||Pat Reid||Peter Carroll||Jacqueline Meyer||Robyn Johns||Ella van Tienen||Ben Marchant||Fei Sim|
|2017||Pat Reid||Peter Carroll||Bruce Elliott||Robyn Johns||Ella van Tienen||Ben Marchant||Fei Sim|
|2016||Pat Reid||John Chapman||Bruce Elliott||Sue Edwards||Ella van Tienen||Ben Marchant||Teresa di Franco|
|2015||Pat Reid||Stephen Carter||Bruce Elliott||Sue Edwards||Rachel Dienaar||Ben Marchant||Teresa di Franco|
|2014||Pat Reid||Stephen Carter||Lisa Nissen||Sue Edwards||Shane Jackson||Michelle Lynch||Teresa di Franco|
|2013||Gabrielle Cooper||John Bronger||Lisa Nissen||Sue Edwards||Shane Jackson||Michelle Lynch|
|2012||Gabrielle Cooper||Charlie Benrimoj||Lisa Nissen||Grant Kardachi||Shane Jackson||Mark Felschuh|
|2011||Gabrielle Cooper||Charlie Benrimoj||Lisa Nissen||Grant Kardachi||Shane Jackson||Mark Felschuh|
|2010||Cathy Beckhouse||Peter Gissing||Bruce Elliott||Grant Kardachi||Shane Jackson||Mark Felschuh|
|2009||Peter Gissing||Lisa Nissen||Grant Kardachi||Shane Jackson||Mark Felschuh|
|2008||Gabrielle Cooper||Lisa Nissen||Grant Kardachi||Shane Jackson||John Jackson|
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has been recognised by the government as the Peak Professional Body for pharmacists in Australia. It has approximately 18000 members around Australia, and approximately 200 members have been elevated to fellowship status to recognise extraordinary contributions to the profession, organisation or health care.
The society's main focus is advocacy for excellence in medicines management and the pharmacy profession.
Career pathways to describe the progression into specific areas of pharmacy practice such as general practice pharmacy, diabetes educator, community pharmacy management and professional services pharmacist have been developed since 2014. These career pathways are still in development, and aim to provide pharmacists with a road map on how to develop the necessary skills and access required resources for practice in these areas. The career pathways are supported and informed by the Leadership Group that provides expert direction and leadership in the field.
The society is actively championing Advanced Practice Pharmacist recognition. It has developed an online portal that provides further information on the recognition pathway. The organisation functions as a Readiness Support Organisation as a supportive resource for pharmacists seeking to undergo recognition for Advanced Practice.
The society provides education and training to its members. As a registered training organisation, it provides qualifications as well as continuing professional education at live events, online and in print. The Ignite program for future leaders is one of its flagship programs, providing leadership training and skill development for young pharmacists. The intern training program for pre-registrant pharmacists is another key PSA education program.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia runs an annual conference that attracts approximately 1000 delegates in June or July each year. The conference attracts significant attention for the stimulating debate and high quality education it offers each year.
State based conferences are held annually in some states. The most notable is the Victorian Pharmacy Conference in April each year, that is attended by approximately 200 to 300 pharmacists annually. It is run on the same weekend as the Victorian Pharmacy Student Conference. The state conferences allow local members to experience a large conference without having to travel interstate, while also providing an opportunity for the national conference organising committee to identify potential speakers.
The Australian Pharmacist publication is the society's peer reviewed journal that is published monthly in print, and began digital publication in 2017. The journal includes news columns, professional updates, news, advice, research summaries and education articles.
The Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary, the only compulsory text for Australian pharmacies, is compiled by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
The three excellence awards are announced at the annual conference each year. These awards recognise three practitioners for excellence in one or more of Pharmacy Practice Research, Pharmacy Practive Innovation, Pharmacy as a Community Service and Advancing Pharmacy Practice.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia awards a silver medal each year to a pharmacist aged under 35 years or registered for less than 10 years. It was renamed in 2016 to the Early Career Pharmacist of the Year. Prior to 2016, it had been known as the Young Pharmacist of the Year award.
The gold medal is awarded to the Pharmacist of the Year.
A third award acknowledges a lifetime of achievement.
The Pharmacy Student of the Year Competition tests pharmacy students counselling skills against their peers. A scenario is written as though the students are working as a community pharmacist with a role play with a mock patient. The students have three minutes to identify the relevant information from the mock patient, select an appropriate treatment or refer to a general practitioner, and appropriately counsel the patient. The first competition is held locally within each of the individual 18 schools of pharmacy, who then send their selected representatives to compete at the state competition. Each state sends the winning student to compete at the national event held in conjunction with the annual PSA conference.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is the body responsible for the leadership and support of the pharmacy profession within England, Scotland and Wales. It was created along with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in September 2010 when the previous Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was split so that representative and regulatory functions of the pharmacy profession could be separated. Although membership of the Society is not a prerequisite for engaging in practice as a pharmacist within the United Kingdom, most practising pharmacists opt to join the Society because of the benefits offered by membership. Its predecessor the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was founded on 15 April 1841.
The International Pharmaceutical Federation or Fédération Internationale Pharmaceutique, abbreviated as FIP, is an international federation of national organisations that represent pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. It was founded in 1912 and is based in The Hague in the Netherlands.
The International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organisation that represents pharmaceutical students, pharmacy students and recent graduates from all over the world. It was founded in 1949 and it is the oldest faculty-based student organisation. IPSF represents over 500,000 individuals in more than 100 countries with 127 different representative pharmacy student member organisations.
The European Pharmaceutical Students' Association (EPSA) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and non-religious umbrella association of 45 Pharmaceutical Students' Associations from 36 countries, representing over 100.000 pharmaceutical students across Europe. Its main objective is 'to develop the interests and opinions of European pharmaceutical students and to encourage contact and collaboration between them'. EPSA's motto '"Bringing Pharmacy, Knowledge and Students Together" reflects its will to promote the ideas and opinions of all European pharmaceutical students in order to improve the Education, the Pharmaceutical Profession and the Scientific Advances regarding Pharmacy. EPSA has its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in PGEU's offices. The Vice President of External Affairs works permanently there, collaborating with the Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union in the promotion of the role of the pharmacist as the key actor in public health. Before being settled in Brussels, EPSA had its headquarters in Leiden, The Netherlands.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia is the peak body for community pharmacy in Australia.
The Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council (APAC), active between 1996 and 2006, was "a consultative forum that brought together stakeholders from the medical, nursing and pharmacy professions, as well as industry, consumers and government, to advise the Australian Government Minister for Health and Ageing on medicines policy". In 1996 APAC contributed to the Industry Commission inquiry into the pharmaceutical industry. Over subsequent years the Council developed Australia's National Medicines Policy (NMP), and published several guidelines on medication management. Secretariat support for APAC was provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing - National Medicines Policy Strategies Section.
The Egyptian Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (EPSF) is an independent student organization representing about 85,000 pharmacy students in 34 pharmacy schools all over Egypt. It works under the supervision of the Egyptian Pharmacist Syndicate, the national FIP member. Since 1982 EPSF has also been a Full Member organization representing Egypt in the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation.
Primeasia University is a private university in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Edward (Nikk) Joseph Phelan is a notable figure in the profession of pharmacy in Australia, highlighted by his winning The Evans Medal For Merit in 1969 for outstanding contribution to the practice of hospital pharmacy.
Neil Wighton Naismith, PhC MPS FSHP AM, was an Australian pharmacist whose career in hospital pharmacy commenced in 1960. He served as Director of Pharmacy at The Royal Melbourne Hospital from 1967–1997.
The Pharmaceutical Association of Mauritius (PAM) is a professional society serving pharmacists in Mauritius. It was founded by a group of pharmacists in 1979.
The Institute of Refrigeration is an organisation in the UK that supports the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.
Agnes Borrowman was a Scottish pharmaceutical chemist. In 1924 she became the first woman to serve on the Pharmaceutical Society's Board of Examiners.
The United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA) is a not-for-profit organisation which promotes expert practice in medicines management for the benefit of patients, the public and professionals.
The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) is a professional association. Membership mostly comprises hospital pharmacists, but is open to pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students. The organisation aims to support and provide professional development to its members and be an advocate for improved medicines management in policy and practice. The society also produces various publications, including the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research (JPPR).
Ahmed Tijjani Mora is a Nigerian pharmacist, former Registrar and now Chairman of the Governing Council of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. and the current National President, Ahmadu Bello University Alumni Association. He was elected President of the alumni association in August 2015 at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the association. The assembly was attended by delegates from over 25 states. Prior to his election, he was the substantive Deputy National president of the association. He succeeded Princess Henrietta Ogan, the immediate past president of the association. He was the pioneer Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the ministry of heath, Kaduna State and also the pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kaduna State University since he joined the University in 2012.
Harkishan Singh was Professor Emeritus at the Panjab University. He was a well recognized pharmaceutical academic, medicinal chemistry researcher and science historian. He had more than half a century experience in his respective fields to his credit. He worked at the Banaras Hindu University, University of Saugar, and the Panjab University in India, and abroad at the University of Maryland, University of Mississippi and the University of London.
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Nadia Bukhari is a British pharmacist of Pakistani origin living in London, United Kingdom. In 2018, she was awarded the status of Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) making her the youngest female fellow under the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain; an honor bestowed to those who have achieved excellence and distinction in their pharmacy career. In addition, she is the first Muslim female and British Pakistani to be a board member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy for England, UK. Since 2003, she has been serving in academia at University College London (UCL). She wrote and published many articles on the pharmacy and leadership field at Pharmaceutical Press and BMC Series. In Pakistan, she received the honor to launch the National Alliance for Women in Pharmacy (NAWP) under the Pakistan Pharmacists Association (PPA). She is the global lead at the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) to promote gender equity in the pharmaceutical industry. Also, she has been serving as a trustee and an ambassador for the Pakistan Alliance for Girls Education (PAGE); a charity program supported by the Government of Pakistan. She is also an executive committee member at Indus Health Network UK. She is the chief pharmacist at doctHERs; a telemedicine company in Pakistan enabling home-based healthcare females to work in the pharmaceutical industry and connect with low-income patients across Pakistan. She is the director of Equity Pakistan; a gender equity hub for the pharmaceutical workforce in Pakistan; a collaborated initiative taken by Hamdard University Islamabad Campus and University College London (UCL).
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana was founded on December 19, 1935 out of the former Gold Coast Pharmacists and Druggists Union and the Chemists Defense Association which had existed before 1929. The Society was founded by a group of pharmacists led by William Ayiah Hansen, Hansdrug College of Pharmacy, Hansdrug Hall, Accra. He did so with the support of Dr. D. Duff, then the Director of Medical Services. William Ayiah Hansen was then the Organizing Secretary and Registrar of the Society. Before 1935, the predominant Pharmacists groups in Ghana were two associations. Pharmacists affiliated themselves to these groups according to their bonding or non-bonding to government service. The private pharmacists groups were led by William Ayiah Hansen.