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Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

29-31 August 2014

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Master Classes

Talkin' Bout My Pharmacy Generation Quiz 

Social Program 

Graduation and Elevation Ceremony


Delegate Packages

Special Student/Intern Offer

The theme for the 2014 College conference is Transforming your Practice. Fitting in with this theme, we will have presentations from an array of presenters who will provide you with tools you can take back to your pharmacy. These include:

  • Skills to energise the pain category 
  • New drugs
  • Contemporary issues in the pharmacy
  • Business and people builders
  • Big Data
  • Technology and consumers - what's driving change
  • Talkin' bout my pharmacy generation quiz


If you’ve already registered please note that to accommodate some of our presenter’s needs we have made some changes to the weekend program.

In particular:

  • Geraldine Moses will now present New drugs and new drug issues on Saturday 30th;
  • Joel de Vries will now present Data is gold – which seams should I mine?  Community pharmacy versus big box - insights into where customers spend on Saturday 30th; 
  • John Chapman will now present Dose Administration Aids – model for quality, efficiency and effectiveness on Sunday 31st;
  • Ros Harvey will present Big data analytics – a tool for economic growth on Sunday 31st; and
  • Craig Cherry will present Customer Loyalty - Clarity is Power on Sunday 31st.


Master Classes:

After the success of last year's master classes, there will be three practical master classes on Friday, 29 August, on Psychiatric medicine, Complementary medicines and Business management.


Complementary Medicines - Applying Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine in Pharmacy

Following on from the success of last year’s class on complementary medicines, a Master Class will be held to assist pharmacists to gain an in-depth understanding of complementary medicines place in therapy. The College is committed to challenging pharmacists to better develop the knowledge and skills required to be a key member of the health care team. We believe that advising on the appropriate use of complementary medicines is an important part of their role. The Master Class is purposely designed to up-skill pharmacists on the clinical aspects of recommending complementary medicines. The program will include aspects of safety and efficacy and knowledge to make complementary medicines a key component of professional practice.

Featured sessions include: nutrition in pregnancy; a practical guide to drug interactions between complementary medicines and pharmaceuticals; applying integrative medicine to pharmacy practice; assessing evidence for complementary medicines and where they apply in disease state management.


Drug Interactions with Psychotropic Medicines

Debbie Rigby and Dr Geraldine Moses will be presenting our Friday master class on Drug interactions in psychiatric medicines.

The safety and efficacy of psychotropic medicines may be limited by numerous drug interactions and a wide range of side effects. In this Master Class, Debbie and Geraldine discuss strategies for identification and management of clinically significant drug interactions. Skills to improve patient adherence and persistence will be enhanced in this interactive workshop.


Participants will learn to:

  • determine the clinical significance of drug interactions with psychotropic medicines;
  • recommend options to manage clinically significant drug interactions to general practitioners;
  • counsel patients on managing drug interactions and adverse effects and;
  • apply a range of resources for calculating drug interactions from first principles.


Strong Pharmacy, Stronger Bottom Line

The Business/Management Faculty’s Master Class will help you use your practical one page strategic plan by providing the knowledge and skills to implement key objectives for today’s environment; building your professional services, the ‘pharmacy only’ medicines category and retail businesses. The master class recognises that most business owners are not renowned for their strengths in implementing the strategies and actions of their strategic plan.

This class is entitled Stronger Pharmacy, Stronger Bottom Line and includes many practical exercises that allow you to work on your pharmacy business and implement your plan. Key aspects will include marketing approaches, opportunities and tactics, the strategic marketing mix, retailing for success and managing change/culture to support professional services, the ‘pharmacy only’ medicines category and retail sales growth.


Talkin' Bout My Pharmacy Generation Quiz:

This year the College conference will play host to the 2nd Annual Talkin' Bout My Pharmacy Generation quiz.      

Keynote Speaker Anthony Bonnici will act as Quiz Master in this intense battle of states.   

Three teams will compete. Each team will comprise three pharmacists; one of each from each of the following generations:

  • Baby Boomer,
  • Generation X, and
  • Generation Y.

The quiz questions will be based on specific pharmacy categories (pharmacy practice, pharmacists & pharmacy organisations and secundum artem) with a few pop culture questions mixed in. The winning team will be awarded the talkin' bout my pharmacy generation cup.

The three teams will be from Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria. Introducing our teams: 

Team QLD

Gen Y = Georgina Twomey

Gen X = Chris Campbell

Gen BB = Debbie Rigby


Team TAS

Gen Y = Bronwyn Jones

Gen X = Angus Thompson

Gen BB = Peter Tenni


Team VIC

Gen Y = Alex Bongers

Gen X = Dimitra Tsucalas

Gen BB = Dr David Ford


Social Program:


The College conference is famous for marrying practical clinical and business content with unique experiences. This year heralds the reinvigoration of the much loved College conference social events including a Welcome Reception at MONA, Conference Dinner and Graduation at Peppermint Bay and the world famous College Happy Hour.


Welcome Reception

The 2014 College Conference Welcome Reception, to be held at MONA will take place on Friday 29th August. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is the largest privately funded art museum in Australia. It is located within a winery on the Berriedale peninsula in Hobart. The Museum will be opened exclusively for the ACP Welcome Reception attendees, with private return transfers on the MONA Fast Ferry from the Brooke Street Ferry Terminal. Included in your Welcome Reception ticket will be a substantial canapé menu, highlighting the best available local ingredients perfectly matched to wines from the Moorilla Winery. You will also have access to the museum and the 400 artistic works from David Walsh’s private collection. We will also be one of the first groups to see the new exhibition titled “The Red Queen”. After a full day of master classes or travel for those arriving in the afternoon – the College Conference Welcome Reception is a must.

Catch up with old friends and colleagues, mix with key industry sponsors and exhibitors and enjoy what is now regarded as one of the finest museums in the world.


Gala Dinner - Peppermint Bay

The 2014 College Conference Gala dinner, to be held at Peppermint Bay will take place on Saturday, 30 August.

Peppermint Bay is located on four acres of waterfront headland of Woodbridge, Tasmania. Guests will travel over by ferry and have the chance to dine on a three-course meal, network, and relax against a picturesque backdrop of the d'Entrecasteaux Channel and north to Mt. Wellington.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bob Brown will be speaking at the Conference Gala Dinner. Dr Brown will speak about leadership, in particular "Winning in the face of adversity and resistance".


Graduation and Elevation Ceremony:

This year the College will once again host its Graduation and Elevation ceremony at the annual conference gala dinner held at Peppermint Bay.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Bob Brown will be speaking at the Conference Gala Dinner. Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996, after 10 years as an MHA in Tasmania's state parliament. In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change and since then he has continued to take a courageous, and often politically lonely stand on issues across the national and international spectrum.

Dr Brown will speak about leadership, in particular "Winning in the face of adversity and resistance".

Qualifications will be awarded to graduates of the College's Diploma of Management and Diploma of Retail Management, and include pharmacists and retail managers from around Australia.

The ceremony will also include the conferral of Fellowships and Associate Fellowships for Pharmacists who have met the relevant award's criteria.

For more information about the criteria for the various Fellowship status awards go to the website.


Presenters Include:

Steve Sammartino

Anthony Bonnici

Dr David Ford

Dr Treasure McGuire

Debbie Rigby

Dr Geraldine Moses

Dr Brett MacFarlane

Dr Monique Beedles

Peter Saccasan

Peter Bland

Prof Chris Maher

Anne Kelly

Dr Michelle Tellus

Greg Mapp

Sarah Culverhouse

Ian Harris

Grant McGill

Lloyd Smith

Andrew Pattinson

David Cross

Ros Harvey

Joel de Vries


Delegate Packages:

Special Student/Intern Offer:

The College is offering special student and intern rates to attend the conference:

Student / Interns


Weekend Registration - Conference Only (Pharmacy Students)


Weekend Registration - Conference Only (Pharmacy Interns)


Master Class (Friday) - with Weekend Registration (Pharmacy Interns)


Welcome Reception - MONA 


Conference Gala Dinner - Peppermint Bay 


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