Pharmacist wanted for Congress in Alice Springs

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress are looking for a pharmacist. Half of the time it is working within the pharmacy but the rest of the time is spent working with the both the CQI team and GP Coordinator to lead improvement of pharmacy services.

Working for two bosses may be a bit difficult and I believe to make a significant impact the pharmacist needs to be involved in reviewing all medication errors. In the Northern Territory nurses and Aboriginal Health workers have access to a wide range of medications they can supply to patients and also there is a chance to improve systems relating to errors made with hospital discharges and transitions of care which can be quite significant.

Nevertheless I think it may be an interesting job.

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Evaluation of a model for the provision of pharmacy services to remote Aboriginal Health Services

Evaluation of the provision of a pharmacy service to remote areas

I started work with a very remote health service in 2005 as a project to have (and evaluate) a pharmacist working as part of the primary healthcare team out bush. Funding was provided by the Rural and Remote Pharmacy Workforce Development Program (Department of Health and Ageing).

Over six years later I am still here with a second pharmacist working with me.

The original project evaluation can be downloaded here from the Centre for Remote Health.

If anyone wants to do some research I’d love to have a further review of what we do.

The Intervention and Compulsory Acquisition in Town Camps

This video was recorded in July 2009 a month before the compulsory acquisition of homes in the town camps was supposed to begin.

This video was produced in defence of Tangentyere Council who was forced to relinquish the homes. It would be interesting to go back and interview these women again about whether benefits have actually been seen, and if so if it was what was promised.

It is an interesting little snapshot

Alice Springs Library Remote Lending Service

One of the high points of your week in remote Australia is when the weekly mail plane arrives. And one of the pleasures is when your library books have made it out 1000kms from the library.

Alice Springs Library in the Northern Territory has a remote lending service to those in remote areas. Alice Springs truly is the capital of Central Australia. It’s postcode is 0870. But for remote communities in the bottom of half of the Territory from the Queensland border in the east to the Western Australian border in the west and including parts of South Australia and Western Australia all use the post code 0872. Historically it has always looked after the needs of those areas (well since the white fellas like me came here).

Alice Springs Library books

When in town you sign up at the library. You complete some check lists on genres and favourite authors to assist the librarians in selecting your books every six weeks or so when you send your books back in. With each delivery of books there is a little sheet to complete if you wish to further assist the librarians. You can of course ask for specific titles as well. With my last delivery there was even lists of authors..if you like author X you will also like the authors A B & C.

There is even a reply paid form to send the books back at no charge to yourself.

It is a wonderful service.

The picture shows the books that arrived last week. Here’s the title list:

Yes there is an Asterix and Obelix cartoon book in there.

When I signed up several years ago they gave me the genre list to tick. In the list they gave me there was topic “Asterix” with a tick box next to it. How strange I thought. But how did they know? I love Asterix books so I ticked the box.

A few days later and a thousand kilometres away I received a phone call. “We inadvertently gave you the children’s checklist”. So the adult checklist was faxed out. Not much difference, just a choice of more genres.

But there was no Asterix and Obelix selection on the adult list.

How rude. What an omission from the literary classics

I had to write it in “Asterix and Obelix”, draw in a check box and tick it.

And over the last three years every second delivery of books or so I receive an Asterix and Obelix book.

Ain’t their service great.

27th October: you can see the selection list here

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