Pharmacy talent recognised

14 June 2012

Associate Professor Aslani and Rana Ahmed with the Best Poster award
Associate Professor Aslani and Rana Ahmed with the Best Poster award

Australia's most innovative activities designed to improve medicines use and health outcomes were formally recognised in an awards ceremony at the National Medicines Symposium (NMS) dinner at the end of May.

Two projects run by the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney won awards at the ceremony.

The National MedicineWise Awards, organised by NPS, were announced at NMS 2012 and recognise the high quality of work being done by companies and individuals to assist and educate both consumers and health professionals.

The winners were announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King and NPS CEO, Dr Lynn Weekes as part of the evening's formalities, following a full day of stimulating and challenging presentations and debate about building a medicinewise community.

Dr Weekes said the award winners represent the breadth of quality use of medicines activities happening in the community.

"Consumers need to be at the centre of all we do in building a medicinewise community, and each of the National MedicineWise Award winners demonstrates one way in which health outcomes can be positively impacted through quality use of medicines activity," said Dr Weekes.

The National Medicinewise Award for the Best Poster went to Rana Ahmed, Jacqueline Borst, Yong Cheng Wei and Associate Professor Parisa Aslani for the poster titled 'The medicine information needs of parents of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder'.

Rana Ahmed, a PhD candidate from the Faculty of Pharmacy explained more about the project: "In our project, we conducted three focus groups with parents of children affected by ADHD. We explored their level of ADHD-related knowledge, their sources of information and what strategies were required to meet their information needs. We discovered that parents have little information about ADHD and its treatment. The information sources they accessed were often too technical and did not address all of their concerns. The parents also expressed a strong need for concise, tailored information about their child's condition and access to support groups.

"I am excited to win this award because it is a testament to the efforts of our team, headed by Associate Professor Parisa Aslani, and it's also very humbling to learn that our work has been recognised by a national body such as the NPS for contributing to the quality use of medicines in the community. This gives us a strong foundation and renewed enthusiasm for continuing our research which is focused on ultimately improving the quality of life of families affected by ADHD."

The second project that won was Best Abstract for: 'Can I live longer? Will I get side effects? Understanding consumer decisions about medication use.' This abstract was created by Tracey-Lea Laba, Professor Jo-anne Brien and Stephen Jan, University of Sydney and the George Institute for Global Health.

Best Poster award
Best Poster award

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