University of Queensland November 2005 nEW pHARM Head of School Report Once more we are running up to the end of forget UQ and the School of ward to 2006. There is much the academic and calendar year. As I write Pharmacy and that you will to celebrate in 2005 and this many of our students are undertaking keep in touch with us and let much of this has been re- their examinations – some of them for the us know your progress. ported in the pages of these last time at UQ. For these students the The summer semester and, in Newsletters. The year to anticipation of graduation and starting particular, the Christmas and come will bring an increasing their future beckons. This year, graduation New Year break offers a (brief) focus throughout the Univer- for the School of Pharmacy is on the 5th period of time for reflection on sity on research, and in par- December and it will be great to be able to what has been and what will ticular research quality, as the celebrate the achievements of the gradu- come. We will look back on Government’s Research Qual- ates from the School. To them we offer 2005 – the people and the ity Framework comes increas- this request: we hope that you will not occasions and we look for- ingly into effect. As a School however, we must also main- Volume 21 tain our focus on teaching and course delivery, since 2006 is the year in which we must seek re-accreditation for the BPharm program. I would like to thank all those who have contributed towards making 2005 such a memora- ble (and frequently enjoyable!) Inside this issue: year and I look forward to sharing the challenges of the year to come. Head Of School Report 1 UQ Staff at HELP University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 2005 National Prescribing Ser- 1 vice Grant awarded National Prescribing Service grant awarded to School of Pharmacy Int’ Congress for Pediatric 2 The Queensland arm of the $800,000 to Prof Sue Tett Australia. This grant, negoti- Laboratory Medicine Community Acquired Pneumo- (School of Pharmacy), Ms ated with the National Pre- nia – Improving Outcomes Na- Judith Coombes (School of scribing Service Ltd over a Teaching & Learning Com- 3 tionally (CAPTION) study has Pharmacy and Princess Alex- period of four years, will en- mittee: The Way Forward been progressing very well. andra Hospital) and Mr An- able the team to continue Year 4 Quality use of Medi- 4 Nine Queensland hospitals are drew Petrie (School of Phar- with interstate collabora- cine Experiential Place- taking part in this project, im- macy and Queensland tions. The research team, plementing guidelines and Health) will further develop including project officer Ms International Visit to Asia 5 evaluating this implementation. these interstate collabora- Lisa Pulver, is looking for- There are 37 hospitals involved tions to improve the ways ward to continuing this inno- Regular Features 6 nationally. A new grant for medicines are used across vative program. nEW pHARM Page 2 International Congress for Pediatric Laboratory Medicine, Singapore, September 2005 Professor Susan Tett recently Cincinnati, USA; Prof Sue Tett). whole block taken up by the spoke at a symposium organ- Sue spoke about ‘Population old Raffles Hotel! ized by the International Asso- pharmacokinetics – a way for- ciation of Therapeutic Drug ward for optimal dosage predic- Monitoring and Clinical Toxicol- tion in children’. The Congress ogy (IATDMCT) during the Inter- lasted for three days and had national Congress for Pediatric an excellent program and Laboratory Medicine. The sym- speakers – topics ranging from posium was titled infectious diseases and mo- ‘Pharmacogenomics and role lecular diagnosis through to of tandem mass spectrometry laboratory medicine in the ado- in the clinical laboratory’ and lescent and difficult pediatric the four speakers are shown in diagnostics. The meeting was the photo (Prof Steve Soldin, held at Raffles City Convention Volume 21 Washington, USA; Prof Sander Centre, a great place for early Vinks and Prof Phil Walson, morning walks around the Prof Steve Soldin, Washington, USA; Prof Sander Vinks and Prof Phil Walson, Cincinnati, USA; Prof Sue Tett Queensland Reds School of Pharmacy 2nd year student Liam Bibo was selected to play for the Queensland Reds Rugby Team to tour What does the Argentina. Queensland Reds Liam advised he had a wonderful trip and played 3 games out of the 4 and Rugby Team and won them all. UQ School of Congratulations!!! Pharmacy have in common? Guild Dinner Fourth Year School of Phar- macy student Christine Donaldson was presented with the Pharmacy Cricket Scholarship to assist in her sporting endeavours whilst also completing her pre- Howzat! registration year. Guild National President John Bronger, Guild Cricket Scholarship winner Christine Donaldson and Kos Sclavos. Page 3 Teaching and Learning Committee: The Way Forward Activities in the Teaching and Learning domain are certainly progressing, largely as a result of the ‘quality’ movement at Uni- versity and Faculty level. While some of the quality-focussed initiatives require a standardised approach between Schools, others open opportunities for innovation and adaptation to individual Schools. I have summarised the ongoing agenda items in the School of Pharmacy below: 1.Curriculum Review: With our septennial major School and curriculum review due in 2008 and re-accreditation in 2006, our focus has been on internal review. In July 2005, course coordinators discussed the vertical streaming and horizontal integra- tion within the BPharm curriculum. Annual Curriculum Review and Teaching Quality Appraisal processes continue at the Uni- versity level, involving interpretation of survey data. 2. Rule/Program Changes: Reviews at Faculty level have resulted in clarification of the progression rules for the BPharm and potential rationalisation of low-enrolment programs within the postgraduate suite. Further, the School of Pharmacy is instigat- ing an increase in the IELTS (English language) score for international students to 7.0, to match the requirement for registra- tion as a pharmacist in Queensland. 3. IT Development: Pharmacy will be one of four Schools involved in a trial of electronic course profiles in Semester 1, 2006. The course profiles will be linked to other student online resources. Our Student Portal is now operational, and has received praise from students for its organisation of lecture notes and course documents. 4. Quality Control in Assessment: Quality initiatives underway include an investigation of external examiners for review of ex- amination processes and moderation in marking, request for anonymous marking exam answer booklets, application for with- holding of Pharmacy MCQ examination papers from the library, development of procedures for award of grades at Board of Examiners meetings, and improved feedback following internal assessment. 5. Internal and External Liaison: A proposal for stakeholder representation in teaching and learning decisions within the School has been developed. The School’s relationship with community pharmacy preceptors has been enhanced through the appointment of a Placement Pharmacist and introduction of compulsory placement uniform shirts for students. Staff-Student Liaison meetings have been instigated to improve communication between class representatives and staff. Enhancement of the ‘first-year experience’ is a University-wide initiative, with a number of activities to be trialled in 2006 within the School. As a result of these developments, a three-year Teaching and Learning Committee plan is in place, and staff and students should look forward to continuing progress in this important facet of University life. Dr Lynne Emmerton Chair, T&L Committee Caption describing picture or graphic. Page 4 nEW pHARM YEAR 4 QUALITY USE OF MEDICINE EXPERIENTIAL PLACEMENTS One of the central objectives of the Austra- Night was on Wednesday 26 October. The pre- lian National Medicines Policy 2000, is to senters were: promote the quality use of medicines, so Geoffrey Grima that all medicines are used judiciously, Safe Medication Practice Unit RBWH appropriately, safely, and efficaciously in Jessica Burrey order to achieve a therapeutic goal by Alcohol & Drug Services, South Brisbane delivering beneficial changes in actual Amy Murdoch health outcomes. To foster these Quality Community Pharmacy, Sydney use of Medicine (QUM) goals, the School John Morgan of Pharmacy has, as part of the year four Tweed Hospital curricula, developed experiential place- Melissa Hoffman ments at which the Year 4 students com- Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic RBWH plete a QUM project in conjunction with Elaine Pettigrew the on-site placement preceptor. O/S Placement Volume 21 These placements are self-selected by the The presentations offered a wide variety students with the proviso that the place- of project and QUM experience and dem- ment is centred on QUM. Consequently onstrated the understanding and these placements take place all over the achievement by these students. Our world and in many sites where the precep- thanks and congratulations go to all tor is not a pharmacist. presenters and reserve presenters for We encourage this multiprofessional ap- their professional participation. Also the proach in order to promote the health care attendance by many of the student body, team in QUM and to experience the QUM pharmacists, other health professionals, perspective as seen from another health friends and family helped to make the professional. Apart from pharmacy, our evening such a success. students have gone to placement sites These placements would not be a success with- where the preceptors are medical practi- out the diligence and guidance of the Placement tioners, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, Preceptor. Our sincere thanks to all preceptors scientists, pharmacologists, and other for their invaluable assistance in Pharmacy stu- health care workers. All students are en- dent education. couraged to do at least one of these Leigh McKauge & Judith Coombes placements at a rural healthcare site On completion of the project, the students return to the University campus and sub- mit a write-up of their project as well as present an oral report. These oral reports are delivered to the fourth year class and the students and staff are asked to nomi- nate the oral presentations which they feel best illustrate the goals of these pro- jects. At the end of each semester, six presentations are chosen to be delivered to a wider audience of invited guests rep- resenting the many branches of pharmacy and the health professions. Both PSA and SHPA have offered prizes to those presen- tations judged to be the best at these evenings. The second semester QUM Presentation Page 5 nEW pHARM International Visit to Asia Professor Nick Shaw and I (Dr school. We had a fabulous morning trip. There are a number of opportunities that have Lisa Nissen) have just recently with a number of academic staff arisen from the visits for collaborative projects and returned from our internationali- from the school – one of them actu- possibly postgraduate and undergraduate stu- sation trip to a number of Asian ally being a UQ alumnus! They dents. We hope to be investigating other areas countries. The primary aim of gave us an interesting presentation including Japan, India & China in the coming year. this trip was to develop research on careers in pharmacy in Singa- links and investigate possible pore, particularly the fact that collaborations with a number of around 50% of their graduate work overseas institutions. Our first in the pharmaceutical industry- stop was Kuala Lumpur, where quite different to here! We also we visited a number of Universi- visited four of the five Polytechnics ties and Junior colleges. We in Singapore to look at their di- Volume 21 gave a number of presentations ploma programs in biotechnology / about the School’s research biomedical sciences and pharma- strengths and research interest ceutical sciences. There were cer- areas. It was great to see the tainly a number of opportunities types of research being under- available for further investigations taken in the other institutions of collaboration. and be shown around their im- After a short visit to Singapore we pressive facilities. While in Ma- flew to Bangkok for the Office of laysia we also attended the two Civil Services education fair. We day AusTrade Australian educa- took the chance to also visit a num- tion expo. We gave a presenta- ber of Universities offering phar- tion on pharmacy as a career as macy programs. Joy Dansirikul, our well as the study option at the recent PhD graduate, is currently University of Queensland, both working at Silpakorn University and Nick Shaw officially opening UQ Information Room undergraduate and postgradu- took time out of her schedule to at HELP University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ate programs. help us navigate around our vari- ous appointments. It was great to From there we flew out to Singa- see her! From Bangkok we winged pore with the aim of visiting the our way home to Australia – ending National University of Singapore a very tiring, but extremely fruitful (a U21 member) pharmacy OCSC International Education Expo at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Page 6 University of Queensland School of Pharmacy Steele Building, St Lucia University of Queensland, Australia ARRIVALS Phone: 07 - 3365 2017 Fax: 07 - 3365 1688 Pene James who has joined the School on a 20% basis as E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org an Associate Lecturer till the end of Semester. Anna Blomgren will be working with Bruce Charles from 19th September until 28th February 2006 Grant Kennett who will be working one day per week with Sue Tett, Carl Kirkpatrick and Greg Monteith on the QUM map project. Christopher Cutts has been appointed as Honorary Re- search Consultant to the School. Lo Yoke Lin from Malaysia, who has started a PhD (P/T) with Bruce Charles, working on population pharmacoki- netics in intensive care patients. DEPARTURES ITEMS OF INTEREST Congratulations to Phar- Farewell to Alison Sutherland Congratulations to Medusha macy PhD student Helen who has completed her con- for a second prize in the Aus- Faddy (advised by Greg tract working with Nick Shaw, Biotech’s Australian Biotech- Monteith and Sarah Rob- Sarah Roberts-Thomson and nology students association erts-Thomson). Helen has Greg Monteith, and has Queensland’s Branch GlaxoS- received a travel scholar- moved on to postdoc work. mithKline-Freehills Student ship from UQ to complete 6 Cho Aung is now assisting in Excellence Awards 2005. This months of her PhD at Berk- this regard. was awarded for her talk on ley, California, USA. Andrea Tefera has started a her PhD topic “development 12 month secondment with of a novel Relapsing- A further congratulations to the Health Sciences Faculty Remitting Experimaental Helen Faddy, a PhD student Office. Autoimune Encephalomyelitis with Greg and Sarah Rob- (RR-EAE) model and charac- erts-Thomson who has been VISITORS terization of PPARβ in Multi- awarded a converted QLD Wednesday 14th by Dr Chris- Cancer Fund travel scholar- ple Sclerosis (MS): Identifying tine Staatz, who has been ship to attend the 5th Euro- mechanism of pathogenesis doing postdoc. research at pean Breast Cancer Confer- and potential drug targets”. the University of Glasgow, ence in Nice, France next following her PhD research Prof Nick Shaw and Dr Lisa March and then the Ameri- with our School. Christine is Nissen have travelling over- can Association for Cancer spending two months at the seas to Bangkok, Kuala Lum- Research meeting in Wash- school. pur and Singapore last month ington DC in early April. on an International Marketing Program for the School of Pharmacy.
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