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.

Facilitated by:
Kylee Hayward, Lead Pharmacist – Education and Services, The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, VIC

Conflict in inter-professional life

As the practice of pharmacy becomes more interdisciplinary, interpersonal and interprofessional conflict become unavoidable. Learning how to manage our own responses to conflict, and to use conflict de-escalation strategies effectively, is an essential part of day-to-day professional practice.

Participants in this session will be able to:
a) Use root cause analysis methods to examine the genesis of conflict;
b) Describe and apply conflict styles theory to personal and professional situations;
c) Describe strategies for managing and mitigating workplace or personal conflict;
d) Reflect upon personal conflict management style as a tool for enhancing communication in difficult situations.

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.

Facilitated by:
Zubin Austin, Academic Director, Centre for Practice Excellence and The Murray B. Koffler Chair in Pharmacy Management, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, Canada

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.

Facilitated by:
Andrew McLachlan, Professor of Pharmacy, University of Sydney and Program Director, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Medicines and Ageing, NSW

Tutors:
Bridin Murnion, Head of Department, Drug Health Services, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, NSW and Chair, Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, Royal Prince Alfred Health, NSW
David Isaacs, Senior Staff Specialist, University of Sydney, NSW and Clinical Professor, Paediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Sydney, NSW
Terry Melocco, Director of Pharmacy, St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, NSW

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.

Facilitated by:
Karlee Johnston, Pharmacy Team Leader Division Critical Care, Canberra Hospital
Oliver Tegg, Nurse Practitioner, ICU, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Andrew Coggins, Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Westmead Hospital, NSW

Tutors:
Dr Andrew Coggins, ED/Simulation Medicine Physician, Westmead Hospital
Renee Dimond, Deputy Director of Pharmacy – Clinical Services/Paediatric Pharmacist, Ballarat Hospital
Fallon Grieve, Lead Pharmacist, Critical Care, Royal North Shore Hospital

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.

Facilitated by:
Julie Hulcombe, Chief Allied Health Officer, Allied Health Professionals Office of Queensland, QLD
Dennis Lennox, QLD

Tutors:
Andrew Matthews, General Manager Workforce Transformation, The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, NSW

Hold that thought… transforming ideas

This workshop is aimed at a Foundations level.

For this workshop we invite all participants to bring an IDEA.
So you have an idea, but are stuck or caught up at work… We can help you get it moving in the right direction and onto paper!
Big or small, and in whatever stage of development you are at. Bring your notes on an idea that is in limbo, a quality improvement project that is waiting to be written up, an abstract that is already written but needs more pizzazz, or simply something that is bugging you at work that could do with a change. You will be hands on with your own idea, ready to transform it and work it up into a written masterpiece.

We will discuss how quality healthcare improvement fits within your busy working day and guide you to shape and fine tune ideas and results into meaningful, succinct and dynamic abstracts ready for presentation or publication submissions.

The team looks forward to an interactive and engaging workshop where you will participate within groups, with tutors and individually using your own idea as the base for your work. You will take home practice points for quality healthcare change, improved writing skills and the confidence to do it all again on your own.

Please email us with your idea
Due to the large number of participant we would like to organise table groups prior to the session.
Please email us with a brief description of your idea and at what stage you are up to by Sunday 12 November 2017. This will enable us to coordinate the groups and tutors to maximise your workshop experience.

Struggling?
If you are struggling or unsure where to start in identifying your ‘idea’, 2 of the workshop tutors are happy to lend a hand to ensure you are fully prepared and ready for a great workshop. Why not send Melanie Anderson or Fiona Doukas a quick email with where you are at, or what you are stuck on? They will help guide you to articulating your idea ready to be worked through and transformed at the conference 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.

Facilitated by:
Michael Barras, Associate Professor, University of Queensland and Deputy Director of Pharmacy, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD
Rahul Singal, Associate Chief Pharmacist – Operational Productivity, Kings College Hospital, London

Tutors:

Rebekah Moles, Associate Professor, University of Sydney, NSW
Jonathan Penm, Lecturer, University of Sydney, NSW
Mark Clifford, Senior Pharmacy Technician, Westmead Hospital, NSW
Fawn Birch, Pharmacy Technician, Wollongong Hospital, Wollongong, NSW
Melanie Anderson, Senior Imprest Technician John Hunter Hospital, NSW
Meagan Wheatley, Senior Technician, Concord Hospital, NSW

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.

Facilitated by:
Grace Leo, Paediatric Senior Resident Medical Officer, Sydney Children’s Hospital, NSW
Kate Ziser, Medical Team Leader Pharmacist, Royal North Shore Hospital, NSW

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.

Facilitated by:
Anne McDade, CNC, Infusion Management/TPN, Concord Hospital

Tutors:
Jessica Hayes, Key Account Nurse Manager, Nutricia Gurpreet Singh, CNS, Vascular Access, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Christopher Johnston, Specialist in Poisons Information, NSW Poisons Information Centre
Nuala Harkin, Nurse Practitioner Diabetes, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Jennifer Nolan, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist – General Surgery, John Hunter Hospital