Pharmacy staff acknowledged at FIP 2012
26 October 2012
Over 5000 colleagues from all over the world convened recentlyat the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)World Centennial Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. FIP celebrated its 100 year anniversary this year and the event was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands - the home country of FIP since its beginning.
The Congress was a unique opportunity for FIP to make a significant step in the fulfillment of their vision and mission, as adopted by FIP Council in 2008, and also a turning point for the profession on a global level - with all present setting the stage for the future on a foundation of 100 years of progress.
The Faculty of Pharmacy was well represented this year with the Dean, Professor Iqbal Ramzan and 6 academics and students attending.
A highlight for the Dean was attending the Academic Institutional Member Global Deans' Forum which provided much discussion about the diverse educational challenges around the globe.
The Congress also saw many of our staff and students recognised for their hard work and contribution to research and pharmacy. Including:
- Mr Ramesh Walpola was awarded the FIP Young Pharmacists' Grant for Professional Innovation and now joins the University of Sydney group of past winners which include: Dr Rebekah Moles, Dr Claire O'Reilly, and Jonathan Penm.
- Associate Professor Parisa Aslani was elected President of the Pharmacy Information Section. This is a four year term.
- Dr Betty Chaar was elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section.
- Jonathan Penm was elected as Vice President of the Western Pacific Region of the Hospital Pharmacy Section.
- Dr Rebekah Moles was elected Assistant Secretary (Executive Committee member) of the Hospital Pharmacy Section.
In addition to these recognitions and awards, many of the staff were active participants in the conference. Associate Professor Aslani, Dr Chaar, Mai Duong and Jonathan Penm all gave excellent oral presentations as invited speakers at the Congress.
Associate Professor Parisa Aslani presented a plenary on adherence, policy and practice; and chaired the 'Oral Presentations of the Pharmacy Information Section'.
Mai Duong, a current Master of Philosophy student, presented a plenary on global experiences with drug shortages, and conducted interviews with international stakeholders as part of her research in Essential Medicines.
Jonathan Penm, a current PhD student, presented on the global perspective guidelines.
Dr Betty Chaar co-chaired a global working group on 'Pharmacy Ethics and Autonomy meeting', with delegates from around the world, deliberating on a consensus report on ethics in pharmacy for FIP Board of Pharmaceutical Practice. She was also an invited speaker at the Hospital Pharmacy Section on drug shortages entitled: 'Ethical Challenges in the Supply of Medicines Around the World'.
Dr Rebekah Moles, Jonathan Penm and Dr Betty Chaar all co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the newly founded WHoPReC - a global hospital pharmacy research consortium spearheaded by the University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Tim Chen is the current Vice President of Social and Administrative Pharmacy Section and was involved in chairing three sessions: 'Forum for policy makers - trends in community pharmacy: debating the future of the profession'; 'Social networks - friend or foe in medicines information?' and 'Social and administrative pharmacy section contributed papers'.
Contact: Kate Sanday
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