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Contact PSA Victorian branch

Phone: 03 9389 4000 Fax: 03 9389 4044 Email: vic.branch@psa.org.au Victorian Education Page: Click here

The information on this page may be subject to change.

Calendar of Victorian and National events

Parkville: APSIG Clinical Meeting November 2017 @ Cossar Hall Tutorial Rooms
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • PSA Members (FREE) please register here
  • Non Members please contact PSA Vic Office (9389 4000) for further details


It is estimated that more than two-thirds of the Australian population use complementary medicine and alternative therapies. Pharmacists are ideally placed to help patients make informed decisions on complementary medicine use. Please join Dr Amy Page as she discusses the reasons why people use complementary medicines and their place in practice.

This evening will commence with a literature review by Professor Louis Roller.


*Please note: Eventbrite ticket is for registration purposes only. Please bring your PSA Membership card on the night for CPD recording.

  • 7-7:30pm: Refreshments and Networking
  • 7:30-9:30pm: Lecture

Learning objectives:

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  1. Describe the ideologies behind complementary medicines.
  2. Recognise a variety of complementary medicines intended to treat.
  3. Recognise a variety of complementary medicines intended to diagnose.
  4. Discuss some examples of complementary medicines commonly seen in medication reviews, evidence for use and their place in practice.

*These learning objectives are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Competency Standards:

This event addresses the following:

Competency Standards (2010): 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 4.3.3, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4, 7.2.1, 7.2.2

Competency Standards (2016): 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.3.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.5, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3

These are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

CPD credits:


Accreditation number: PSA is currently seeking accreditation for this activity. This activity may attract up to 2 hours of Group 2 CPD credits.

*Please note: The above information is correct at time of publication and is subject to change


Dr Amy Page
Consultant Pharmacist, certified Geriatric Pharmacist, credentialed as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist



Pertussis vaccination recommendations and promotion webcast @ Webinar
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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This activity has been developed to enhance pharmacists’ knowledge on pertussis as a vaccine preventable disease and enable them to proactively identify individuals who may require this vaccination. The activity also aims to provide pharmacist with information on how to proactively and effectively promote pertussis immunisation services as well as an exploration of how to overcome potential barriers. The content has a Victorian focus as pharmacist immunisers can provide immunisation against pertussis in Victoria in compliance with Victoria laws and guidelines.

Learning objectives:

 After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss the clinical features, epidemiology, and complications associated with pertussis.
  • Identify who Victorian Pharmacist immunisers can offer pertussis vaccination services to.
  • Identify any contraindications for the pertussis vaccine according to ATAGI.
  • Describe how pertussis vaccination can be proactively and effectively promoted and delivered in community pharmacies.
  • Describe the potential barriers of delivering a vaccination program in pharmacy and strategies that can be used to mitigate this.

*Correct at the time of publication and subject to change

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.5, 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 4.2.2, 4.5.3, 4.6.2

Competencies (2010) addressed: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 2.1.1, 2.1.3, 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.6.1, 2.6.2, 2.6.3, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.4.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3, 6.2.1, 6.2.2, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3

*Correct at the time of publication and subject to change

CPD credits:


Accreditation number: CVP171102

This activity has been accredited for 1 hour of Group 2 CPD suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan or 2 CPD credit


Julianne Bayliss, GSK Vaccines Medical Science Liaison
Dimitra Tsucalas, Community Pharmacist and Proprietor of Ascot Vale Pharmacy (Supercare Pharmacy providing immunisation services)



Victorian Pharmacist Immunisation Training Program – 10 December 2017 @ PSA Boardroom, Level 1
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Victorian Immunisation Training Program for Pharmacists

  • Expand your professional role and be part of the global initiative to improve immunisation rates and reduce the incidence of disease.
  • Training used worldwide and in the Queensland Pharmacy Immunisation Pilot.
  • Nationally recognised unit from the Graduate Diploma of Applied Pharmacy Practice (10373NAT).

Who should enrol?

This training program is for pharmacists who meet the prerequisites and wish to gain the knowledge and skills to establish and deliver a successful immunisation service in community pharmacy, including administration of injections.

Delivery method

Blended training program that comprises two parts:

Activity Mode Duration Notes
Part 1: Immunisation Online Modules & Assessment and Catch-Up Schedule Online 15 hours Part 1 must be completed prior to attending Part 2. This will comprise of essential knowledge on immunisation and the role of the pharmacist.
Part 2: Immunisation Practical Workshop and Assessment Face-to-face 8 hours This will comprise of theory, demonstration and guided practice of immunisation. Participants will also be paired-up to administer practice vaccines (normal saline 0.9% injection) and assessed on injection techniques.


Participants must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and hold a General Registration (excludes students, provisionally registered, interns and non-practicing pharmacists). Participants must provide evidence of currency in the following prior to attending the Practical Workshop and Assessment:

  • Provide First Aid (HLTAID003)
  • Provide CPR (HLTAID001) *
  • ASCIA Anaphylaxis e-training for pharmacists or for health professionals (Free and available for completion online)

* HLTAID001 is not required if HLTAID003 was completed in the 12 months prior to the Immunisation Practical Workshop and Assessment.

Participants must sign the Waiver of Liability Form and the Victorian Disclosure Form prior to attending the Practical Workshop and Assessment.

Participants will not be able to participate in the Practical Workshop and Assessment if they have not completed the Immunisation Online Modules including achieving 80% in the assessments and the Catch-Up Schedule.

Learning Objectives and competencies
Click here to view learning objectives and competency standards.

Course fees

PSA Member: $550 (GST free) Non-member $640 (GST free)

CPD credits:

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Accreditation number:CV17001VAQ

This activity has been accredited for 23 hours of Group 2 CPD suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan or 46 CPD credits.

First aid and CPR policy:
In exceptional circumstances a participant can request in writing (email: vic.branch@psa.org.au) a waiver of up to 3 months after the workshop to submit a current first aid and/or CPR certificate. The request must be made 2 weeks prior to the workshop. The participant will be advised that they will require CPR knowledge in order to successfully undertake the practical assessment in the workshop. If a waiver is requested and granted, PSA takes no responsibility if the workshop assessment is not completed satisfactorily. Should this occur the participant would need to attend another workshop to demonstrate competence and this would be at the participant’s expense. Participants will not be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the unit APPIMM806A and a Statement of Completion: Victorian Pharmacist Immunisation Training Program (immuniser program of study recognized by the Victorian Chief Health Officer) until all required documents have been submitted to PSA.

If you have never received any first aid or CPR training, you will NOT be allowed to attend the workshop.

Refund and cancellation policy:

  • A minimum number of registrants must be achieved for each PSA event. Registrants will be advised in due time and registration fees refunded if an event does not proceed.
  • Where a participant applies to withdraw after access to course materials either online or print based has occurred any refund of tuition fees paid upfront is at the discretion of the PSA and will not be refunded unless under exceptional circumstances. Where a refund is approved, it is less a $25 (inclusive of GST) registration service charge.
  • Course fees are non-transferable.
  • Request for changes of an immunisation workshop date that are received up to 14 days before the face to face workshop date are allowed without penalty, after that changes are subject to availability and will attract an additional 50% of the total course fee.
Industry Connect Program – Sydney @ Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney
Feb 15 @ 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

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As highly-skilled members of the healthcare system, pharmacists are well-positioned to contribute their expertise to a vast array of technical, regulatory, legal, clinical, scientific and strategic areas within the pharmaceutical industry. With first-hand knowledge of the patient experience and front-line experience within the healthcare system, pharmacists are well aware of the issues, enablers and barriers to the provision of care, including the quality use of medicines, the interplay between healthcare professionals in practice, and how patients successfully, and unsuccessfully, navigate the healthcare system.

This workshop will provide pharmacists with the knowledge and support to transition into careers in the pharmacietuical industry from ‘traditional’ areas of practice.

  • Delivered by a team of industry experts from key organisations, including Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim and MSD
  • Showcasing careers within the pharmaceutical industry
  • CV and interview preparation, tailored to industry selection processes
  • Six months of one-on-one mentorship by a current industry expert, providing continuous support in your transition into your new career


To register for this workshop, attendees must:

  •  Be a current AHPRA-registered pharmacist
  • Have at least 2 years post-internship experience in community or hospital pharmacy


Minimum Attendance:

Please be aware that a minimum number of registrants must be achieved for each PSA event. It is possible therefore that an event may not proceed if the minimum number is not achieved Registrants will be advised in due time and registration fees refunded if an event does not proceed.


Please note that cancellations received up to five (5) working days before the seminar are refundable, minus a $25 (inclusive of GST) registration service charge. After that cancellations are subject to the entire seminar fee. You may substitute for an alternative CPD event up to the equivalent registration fee, within the same calendar year. Please note that if you do not cancel and do not attend you are still subject to the entire fee.


Victorian monthly evening lectures PSA-Credit-icons_group-2-3

Monthly evening lectures covering a range of clinical and practice support topics will be delivered on the first Tuesday of every month (between February and October) at Parkville and Regional Satellite Centres across Victoria between 7-9pm.

Webinar recordings To access the webinar recording, handouts and multiple choice questions from the previous lecture(s), please click here.

APSIG eventsPSA-Credit-icons_group-2-3

APSIG monthly meetings will be held in Parkville on the fourth Monday of every month between February and November between 7:30-9:30pm.  These events are aimed at accredited pharmacists and pharmacists who are keen to improve their clinical knowledge.

Victorian Opioid Pharmacotherapy Program

This training program will help to ensure the consistency and quality of Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT) services offered throughout Victoria. Sponsored by the Victorian State Government Department of Health and Human Services, the program delivered in 2 parts, is FREE of charge for ALL Victorian pharmacists and pharmacy staff.

Part 1 covers all technical, professional and legal requirements of harm minimisation and ORT.

Part 2 is a case study workshop in which the concepts learned from Part I will be reinforced by the workshop facilitator.

Both parts are available face-to-face and online, providing maximum flexibility to attendees. Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded a Victorian Pharmacotherapy Certificate.

Please click here for more information on the Victorian Pharmacy Pharmacotherapy Training Program.

Harm Minimisation Forum: Is it time for a Safe Injecting Room in Melbourne

Come along to a night of controversy, listen to politicians and addiction medicine experts debate this issue and have your say. This free event co-hosted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild is open to ALL professionals in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector, an excellent opportunity to network and deliberate collaboratively on a matter of major concern.

Guest Speakers:

  • Laura Turner  Journalist and A Current Affair reporter who lost her sister Skye to a heroin overdose
  • Marianne Jauncey  Medical Director of the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre in NSW
  • Richard Di Natale  Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Greens party
  • Fiona Patten  Victorian Member of Parliament and leader of the Australian Sex Party
  • David Jacka  Addiction Medicine Specialist

       Followed by a panel discussion.

This is a FREE event open to all professionals in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector.

Online Registration


Naloxone Training Program

Opioid overdose is a leading cause of death in Australia, claiming the lives of 374 Victorians in 2013 alone, yet it is preventable. Pharmacists are in a prime position to help prevent these deaths by identifying at risk patients and counselling them on both the importance of obtaining a Naloxone script and knowing how to administer it . Penington Institute, a non for profit organisation, have established a Community Overdose Prevention and Education program known as COPE. COPE provides training and support to primary health and community organisation staff who will then educate individuals who may be opioid users or potential overdose witnesses such as family members or friends. Click here for further information regarding COPE.

Click here for more information on the currently available naloxone hydrochloride 1mg/ml solution for injection product (Prenoxad).

Click here for instructions on how to open, assemble and inject Prenoxad.

Provide First Aid/ CPR

First Aid Workshop- inc. CPR By attending this course, you will learn all the necessary skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response, life support, management of casualty(s), the incident and other first aiders, until the arrival of medical or other assistance. Students will also be assessed at the end of the course to demonstrate to their instructor that they have an appropriate understanding of the procedures necessary to manage a life-threatening situation. Upon successful completion, you will be issued with a statement of attainment valid for 3 years. Perform CPR This annual CPR update course covers all of the skills and knowledge required to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in line with the Australian Resuscitation Council Guidelines. Upon successful completion of this course participants will be issued with a statement of attainment valid for 1 year. Dates for 2017 courses are as follows:

Pharmacist Immunisation Training Program

The Victorian Government announced the introduction of a Victorian Pharmacist Vaccination Program in 2016. The course Manage the Delivery and Administration of Injections APPIMM806A is a program of study that is recognised by the Victorian Chief Health Officer. It is intended to provide registered pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to establish and deliver a successful immunisation service including administration of injections. The course consists of two components; online modules and a face-to-face one day workshop delivered by public health professions experienced in managing large scale vaccination programs. Completion satisfies the training requirement for pharmacists to administer selected vaccines under prescribed conditions in accordance to the most current DPCS Regulations and applicable guidelines. Please note pharmacists are currently limited to administering influenza and pertussis containing vaccines to adults 18 years or over in Victoria. To complete the certification and gain the credential, you must also provide evidence of the following:

  • Hold General Registration.
  • A first aid course in the past three years.
  • A CPR refresher course in the past 12 months, if you completed your first aid course more than 12 months ago.
  • The successful completion of the ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training for pharmacists. This is an online course and is provided at no cost.
  • Successful completion of the multiple choice questions as part of the online component of the course and the catch-up schedule
  • Completion of a supplementary webinar (provided at no cost) should additional material need be supplied following legislation changes

Please click onto a scheduled workshop date on the Victorian event calendar for more information about the Program. Alternatively, you can contact VIC Branch on 03 9389 4000.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an essential skill set for all front line pharmacy staff. In this 12 hour course pharmacists will learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. Mental health conditions and associated crises covered include: Depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse.

Medicines Update 2017

PSA Victoria is pleased to offer Medicines Update again in 2017. These sessions give pharmacists the opportunity to learn about the latest medicines, indications, safety updates and  medicines in the pipeline. Mark the date in the calendar. You don’t want to miss out.

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