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PSOTY winners 2010-2012 Tasmania: where are they now?

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Danny Hoyle 2012

Tell us a bit about yourself and a typical day

I am a sporty hospital intern on the North West coast of Tasmania where I enjoy a good game of rugby. This is often interrupted by work where I spend most of my time interviewing patients to obtain accurate histories, dispensing a large number of prescriptions and reasoning with patients as to why it is important to take their statin.

How did you find the PSA Intern Training Program?

The PSA intern training program has provided me with a vast array of resources to help consolidate what I have learned at university, prepare for exams and deal with various situations in the workplace. Also, the management course has provided me with insight into what is required to manage a pharmacy.

What has been the most rewarding/challenging aspect of your career to date?

I find motivating disinterested patients the most challenging and rewarding aspect of my job.

What personal goals do you have for yourself or aspirations for the future of the pharmacy profession?

My personal goals are to become a business owner and to advance my training and eventually specialise in a particular area.

I would like to see increased pharmacist involvement in the utilisation of pharmacogenomic-based therapies. I would also like to see pharmacists having the opportunity to monitor the effects of drugs used in chronic disease, with the ability to provide ongoing prescriptions and/or initiate dose changes.

Sam Bruce 2011

Tell us a bit about yourself and a typical day.

I am a community pharmacist.  I have been practising for around 6 months and I love everything about my job and what I can offer people. I work mostly at the one pharmacy, but in my spare time I also locum at a number of pharmacies around Hobart to become more adaptable to different clientele and pharmacy environments.

A typical day can include dispensing, pharmacotherapy administration, DAA preparation, clinical interventions, stock control, staged supply, compounding, counselling and coordinating health promotions/clinics.

My number one priority is to provide quality customer service to every patient, whilst educating them on health issues, disease prevention and proper use of medications. I adapt this education to their health literacy level.

How did you find the PSA Intern Training Program?

I believe that the PSA intern training program provided me with the right foundations to smoothly transition from an intern to a competent, ethical and responsible pharmacist. PSA provided individualised one on one time to concentrate on topics that were most beneficial to my learning. Most of all, it was the support and encouragement of the PSA that made it a very positive experience during my intern training program.

What has been the most rewarding/challenging aspect of your career to date?

The most rewarding part of my career so far is the relationships you develop with patients. I can not describe the pleasure I get from being able to motivate a patient to make a positive health change. A simple thanks from a customer makes all the effort I put in worth it.

The most challenging aspect was making my first public speech to a group of local Probus members, most of which were patients at my pharmacy. I was nervous at the time but it was rewarding as I was able to develop a connection and close rapport with the local community. I would not hesitate in doing more speeches in the future.

What personal goals do you have for yourself or aspirations for the future of the pharmacy profession?

My ultimate professional goal is to become a pharmacy owner. I have put smaller goals in place to achieve this including commencing a Diploma of Management through the PSA to develop my skills in this area. I also would like to do the PSA ignite Pharmacist Leadrship Program in 2014 to increase my leadership skills.

Another goal of mine is to become a mentor. Next year I will be a preceptor to an intern which will be personally rewarding as I will be able to directly give back, support and motivate another ECP.

Next year I would also like to start volunteering for Lifeline. I would love to be a helping ear to someone in need as I have dealt with similar situations in the pharmacy setting and have seen how much you can help someone just by being there to listen. This would be a very rewarding way to give back to the community.

I hope to see pharmacies continue to expand away from a primarily dispensing model to that of a ‘forward pharmacy’ model. The pharmacist can then motivate behaviour change and impart knowledge to make more health-informed patients.

I believe the continuation of HMR’s and other professional services to be essential as these services lead to real improvements in patient outcomes. There should also be continuing development of other pharmacist roles, such as practice pharmacists working collaboratively with other health professionals in GP super clinics.

Laura Gabriel 2010

Tell us a bit about yourself and a typical day.

I completed my intern year at Augusta Road Capital Chemist at Calvary Hospital and have worked there since. My main roles are in clinical pharmacy and manufacturing.

How did you find the PSA Intern Training Program?

I liked the fact that PSA had a presence during our years at university, so there were a lot of familiar faces and a lot of support.

What has been the most rewarding/challenging aspect of your career to date?

Challenges I’ve enjoyed so far are producing in-services for nurses, being involved in multi-disciplinary team meetings and developing my skills in sterile and cytotoxic manufacturing.

What personal goals do you have for yourself or aspirations for the future of the pharmacy profession?

When I return from my four month adventure in Europe, I would like to become AACP accredited and look into implementing post-discharge HMRs.

* Danny, Sam and Laura are all members of the Tasmanian ECPWG. 

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This item is listed in the following categories: • ECP newsletter August 2013


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