Pharmacy Student awarded FIP Grant for Professional Innovation 2010

17 September 2010

Jonathan Penm with supervisor Dr Rebekah Moles at the award presentation in Lisbon.
Jonathan Penm with supervisor Dr Rebekah Moles at the award presentation in Lisbon.

Jonathan Penm, a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Pharmacy has just been awarded the Young Pharmacists Group (YPG) Grant for Professional Innovation 2010. The announcement was made by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Board of Directors during the 70th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences in Lisbon, Portugal, which ran from 28th August to the 2nd September 2010.

Jonathan is the third research student at the Faculty of Pharmacy to be awarded this prestigious grant. PhD candidate Claire O'Reilly was awarded the grant in 2009 for her research into mental health services and Dr Rebekah Moles, Jonathan's current research supervisor, was also awarded the grant in 2006.

Jonathan's area of research explores clinical hospital pharmacists' involvement in patient care.

"Clinical pharmacists' involvement in patient care has been shown to reduce patients' length of stay in hospital, reduce medication errors, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs in the hospital system" says Jonathan "but their involvement in hospital systems varies greatly in Australia and around the world."

Jonathan's work is focusing on how pharmacy practice in hospitals influences prescribing in the Western Pacific Region (WPR), including Australia. The WPR is one of the six regions of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and consists of nearly one-third of the world's population with around 1.6 billion inhabitants.

"I decided to focus on pharmacists influence on prescribing as I thought it was one of the more interesting and diverse areas of the six themes agreed at the FIPs first global hospital pharmacy conference" says Jonathan.

At that conference, 98 nations ratified the first global consensus statements for hospital pharmacy, known as the 'Basel Statements', each of which is evidence based with a strong focus on medication safety. The other themes in the Basel Statements include procurement, preparation and delivery, administration, monitoring of medication practice and human resources and training.

Ultimately, this project aims to develop a series of surveys to assess how hospital pharmacy practices influence prescribing in the WPR, based on the Basel Statements. Researching the extent that these statements have been implemented and what are the best means of implementing these statements world-wide will allow Jonathan to track the progression of hospital pharmacy within Australia and other nations.

"Hopefully my research will create the research tools and a starting point for researchers in other parts of the world to follow on and assess hospital pharmacy practice in their own geographical regions" says Jonathan "ultimately this could lead to building a global picture of hospital pharmacy practice based on the agreed Basel Statements."

As the implementation of the Basel Statements will lead to improved medication safety and optimal patient care in the hospital setting by pharmacists, this study is of critical importance in the field of hospital pharmacy research.

Contact: Claire Riordan

Phone: 02 9351 2311

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