KRISTEN Anderson (pictured) has been named the CHARMING Institute’s Advanced Primary Care Pharmacist Fellow for 2013-2015. Anderson graduated from James Cook University in 2005 and was the PSA’s Pharmacy Student of the Year. After working as a clinical hospital pharmacist she then secured a role delivering educational programs to clinicians in rural and remote Qld on behalf of NPS MedicineWise. The Fellowship will see the accredited pharmacist undertake a PhD supervised by Ian Scott, Chris Freeman and Danielle Stowasser aiming to reduce “potentially inappropriate polypharmacy in older people through deprescribing in primary care”. The CHARMING Institute was established this year with the aim of conducting high quality primary health care research which influences policy and clinical primary care training.
THE Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) has welcomed last weekend’s government announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, saying it provides an opportunity to consider embedding pharmacists in aged care to improve medication use.