Main Conference Workshops

Developing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Learning Plan

All pharmacist’s applying for general registration must plan their CPD prospectively by developing a learning plan for each CPD period. Writing a learning plan can appear at first glance to be a daunting task and many pharmacists are left wondering where they should start.

This workshop will introduce participants to the key steps involved in developing a CPD learning plan including defining scope of practice and working through the National Competency Standards Framework. Participant’s will also have the opportunity to work with experienced educators and their peers, to begin developing their own learning plan for the 2017-2018 CPD year.

The CPD learning plan workshop is appropriate for pharmacists at any stage of their professional journey including interns ready to apply for general registration.

Please note this workshop is a repeat of the pre-conference CPD workshop.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Conflict in inter-professional life

Conflict is an inevitable part of our professional lives, whether it be with our pharmacy colleagues, other healthcare professionals, or our patients. Unresolved conflict can cause stress and resentment in the workplace.

Understanding one’s conflict management style, and techniques to prevent disagreements from escalating into conflicts, are important competencies for all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Navigating tough decisions

Clinicians are increasingly facing the dilemma of whether to offer novel therapies to patients where there may not be strong evidence of efficacy or where the cost benefit is questionable.

Putting these decisions in the hands of an impartial Drug and Therapeutics Committee ensures an unbiased review of the likely benefits and harms to the patient.

Go behind the scenes and learn how Drug and Therapeutics Committees manage these difficult decisions. In this workshop you will review real individual patient use applications. You will evaluate the evidence to understand the clinical effectiveness of the medicines for the proposed indication. Safety and cost-effectiveness will also be evaluated before you determine whether the medication should be approved. What will you decide?

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Ready Set MET!

Have you ever wondered what happens when a patient clinically deteriorates on the ward and a Medical Response Team (MET) or Rapid Response Team (RRT) rushes to their bedside?

There are many reasons why a MET/RRT may be called: sepsis, toxidromes, reduced consciousness and cardiac arrest, to name a few. Pharmacists, as key members of the healthcare team, can assist in multiple ways to optimise pharmacotherapy, reduce medication errors and facilitate the acquisition of medications in such an event.

During this workshop, you will have a chance to practice as a MET pharmacist on the ‘SHPA Medical Response Team’. In this virtual case you will be an integral member of the team. You will need to assist in stabilising several deteriorating patients during your shift. What medications are required? Are they clinically appropriate for this patient? How are they administered and are they compatible? Is there a medication related cause of the patient’s deterioration? Come and join this fun and interactive workshop and see how you can integrate the skills required of a MET Pharmacist into your day to day practice!

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Along the pharmacy road to rural generalism

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

A key recommendation to government from the 14th National Rural Health Conference was ‘to broaden the Rural Generalist Pathway to embrace the full rural and remote health professional workforce, including allied health professionals’.  For example, the medical profession has firmly established the rural generalist pathway in the development of its workforce and is encouraging other professions to do so too.

The SHPA Rural and Regional Advisory Group believe the time for a Pharmacist Rural Generalist Pathway has arrived. Presenters at this workshop will describe learnings from other professional groups, progress to date and the future direction of rural generalism for pharmacy, as well as provide an opportunity for facilitated discussion of this important topic.

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Hold that thought… transforming ideas

Let’s bring it back to basics. Where do you find ideas that can improve the workplace?

    • How do we get more Pharmacy Technician and Clinical Pharmacists doing quality improvement projects?
    • What would be interesting and relevant? How do we study the problems we have in the workplace? What makes a successful article?
    • Transform your ideas into reality at this workshop. From how to write an abstract to good writing skills.

This workshop is aimed at a Foundations level.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Presentations that Pop

Delivering presentations and in-services to healthcare professionals, patients and/or hospital executives is an integral component of our role as pharmacists, technicians, educators and managers. A powerful presentation can inspire, motivate, evoke discussion and stimulate an audience. Yet, more often than not, we leave a presentation or in-service having endured the boredom, frustration and anger associated with the ‘death by PowerPoint’ phenomena. It doesn’t have to be this way! You have the opportunity to revolutionise the way in which we present and educate within the pharmacy profession.

Learn how to design a presentation that ‘POPS!’ and captivates your audience. You don’t have to be an artist or design guru to develop a stylish presentation. Nor do you have to be Steve Jobs to create an inspiring verbal narrative. But a captivating presentation does involve some simple and integral components. This workshop is designed to equip you with the skills to translate your ideas, educational topics or research into stylish and engaging presentations.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.

Gaining access: how are you going to give that?

Hospital pharmacy staff are often asked to provide advice around administration of medicines when the oral route is not suitable. How often do you provide advice based on looking up the drug compatibility in a database and feel prepared and confident, until you are asked to explain how to give it? This hands on workshop will let you touch, test, see and ask about the various devices which are used to administer medicines and access the circulatory system. You will come away with a greater appreciation of the complexities of following out your advice, for example how to crush and push medication through an NG tube or regarding administering lumen medication.

Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Time: 1555 – 1730 hours
Venue: International Convention Centre

Cost: Included in the cost of your conference registration. It is essential that you indicate your attendance at these workshops during the registration process as places are limited.