APSA awards Elle 1st prize for the best Pharmacy Practice presentation

23 January 2009

PhD student, Elle Feletto, was awarded 1st prize for the best oral Pharmacy Practice presentation at the recent Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association (APSA) conference in Canberra. Elle's talk, entitled 'A qualitative investigation of organisational flexibility in Australian community pharmacies', discussed how Australian community pharmacies optimise their business viability in a changing external environment.

Elle who is supervised by Professor Charlie Benrimoj is specifically looking at the provision of professional pharmacy services and community pharmacy's ability to adapt their businesses to integrate services into their daily practice through organisation flexibility. The research thus far has involved 30 interviews with pharmacists across Australia and has shown that there is a predisposition to making structural and operational changes but not cohesion with the overall direction of their business model.

The key to enhancing strategic flexibility in pharmacies was evident where product and service provision was well integrated. Elle say "I found the APSA 2008 conference an excellent opportunity to learn about research being conducted around Australia and discuss my work with inter-state colleagues. The positive response to my research was almost overwhelming. I am constantly encouraged by the support from other pharmacy researchers and pharmacy practitioners that I receive, especially at a conference like APSA".

Contact: Holly Bax-Norman

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