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World pharmacists day 2014 – 'Access to pharmacists is access to health'

Heather Robinson, pharmacist and head of campus

This Thursday is World Pharmacists Day and the theme for 2014 is 'access to pharmacists is access to health'.

Pharmacists in Orange will join our colleagues in Australia and all over the world in celebrating our profession and promoting the role we play in healthcare. Charles Sturt University (CSU) pharmacy students will be participating at a number of pharmacies around town.

CSU pharmacy graduate Mr Tim Denham (Discount Drug Stores, North Orange) has planned a program of demonstrations and information sessions from 2pm-6pm, including student demonstrations of compounding (making medicines) and distribution of PSA (Pharmaceutical Society of Australia) Self Care Fact Cards on common health issues.

Pharmacist Anne Meli (Oze Pharmacy), another CSU graduate, will also take part with student support, promoting professional services such as cholesterol and blood pressure testing and providing health information.

World Pharmacists Day is an initiative of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), a global federation representing three million pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists worldwide, to encourage the world's pharmacists 'to organise activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world'.

Pharmacists are readily accessible and trusted healthcare professionals and are a key resource in ensuring responsible and efficient use of medicines.

Your pharmacist can do a lot more for you than just dispense your medicines so call in and wish them a 'happy pharmacist's day' on Thursday 25 September.

For information about studying pharmacy at Charles Sturt University, go to www.csu.edu.au/courses/allied-health-pharmacy

Agricultural Students on Tour in the USA 2014

Twenty Charles Sturt University (CSU) students from the agricultural business management and agricultural science degree programs recently completed a study tour to the USA.

Nine students from CSU Orange joined 11 students from CSU Wagga and a partner campus in Western Australia for the tour.

The program began at Indianapolis, Indiana where students were exposed to large global agribusiness companies DOW Agro-science and Elanco Animal Health, super powers in the international market. From there the program ventured into the beautiful state of Kentucky as guests of the University of Kentucky.

In Kentucky, students were exposed to industries such as tobacco, sheep, beef, cropping, and of course equine (Kentucky is home to an extremely large race horse industry) as well as organics and bourbon.

As the University of Kentucky department of agricultural education hosted this leg of the trip there was an emphasis on education and CSU students had the opportunity to visit a US$16 million state of the art agricultural high school. The group was also lucky enough to be a part of local Independence Day celebrations, a truly amazing experience.

The last leg of the program was held at Macomb, home to Western Illinois University and a major cropping region of the US Midwest with more corn than you can possibly imagine. Here the program provided opportunities to learn about government legislation, family cropping farms, cattle farming, plant breeding and large scale ethanol production from corn.

The tour was a formal part of the CSU students' tertiary program and required each student to produce a reflective journal based on the experience and deliver a formal presentation comparing Australian and US agricultural industry practice.

The CSU students agreed the experience gained from this tour was 'once in a lifetime; being given the American college experience whilst also learning so much about agriculture in another country. Gaining subject credit for such an in-depth trip made being a part of this program so worthwhile and also gave students an understanding of the opportunities available to them'.

Photo: CSU agriculture students and accompanying staff on tour in the USA Back l to r
Dr Yann Guisard (course director, school of agricultural and wine sciences), Jess Smit, Nicky Frost, Sarah Lidner, Riley Cherry, Belinda Barnes,  Alec Wiles, Lachlan Vogan, Verity Jane Dalton, Caroline Dematos, Amy Jane Schembri, Dr Shevahn Telfser (manager, CSU Global), Dr Stacy Vincent.
Front l to r
Alister Meek, Millie Hart, Amy Walker, Hannah Burrows, Lexi Cesnick, Mark McLennan, Nick Ball, Giles Ditchfield, John Maslin, Tony Allen

Bachelor of Clinical Science graduates have gone on to varied and interesting careers

Dr Cesidio Parissi, clinical science program leader

Four graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Science program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) visited Orange campus recently to share their experiences since graduating with current students. The visit demonstrated the variety of occupations open to graduates of clinical science.

Claire Gander (formally Elligett) and Madeleine Kelly, from Orange, Caroline Bowman (from Windsor) and Lucy Sutherland (from Sydney) were keen to return to their alma mater to visit their old haunts, friends and lecturers.

Ms Bowman gained entry to the University of Sydney Graduate Dental School and is soon to move to Cobar to practise as a dentist.  Caroline told the students "the clinical science course prepares you for dental practice and, before that, to succeed in the intense dentistry course".

 Ms Gander gained a position in Orange as a research assistant the year after graduating and has now moved on to a very rewarding role conducting public health programs across rural and remote NSW. "Clinical science prepared me well for post-graduate study and for working in rural and remote health research and program implementation. The degree was particularly helpful for future employment as it gave me an insight into the duties and responsibilities of health professionals, health services in rural areas, as well as health research and problem solving in general," said Claire.

Ms Kelly graduated in 2013 and is now completing an honours year at CSU Orange while applying for entry to graduate medical school. Madeleine said, "I wasn't initially interested in research but after talking to key staff and undertaking a summer scholarship I'm now loving it!"

Ms Sutherland, who graduated in 2012, is completing a Bachelor of Midwifery at the University of Technology, Sydney. She told the students she was really enjoying midwifery. "Midwifery is tough to get into and to succeed in, but clinical science gave me the knowledge and skills to be successful and to enjoy it."

For information about CSU's Bachelor of Clinical Science visit http://www.csu.edu.au/courses

Clinical Science grads 

Photo: l to r, Lucy Sutherland, Caroline Bowman, Madeleine Kelly and Claire Gander

CSU graduates shared their experiences with clinical science students at Orange campus

MyDay – your university for a day at CSU Orange

Heather Robinson, Head of Campus

High school students considering a career in health can get a taste of university life at Charles Sturt University (CSU) Orange.

Clinical science, dentistry, pharmacy and physiotherapy courses will be showcased on MyDay at CSU Orange, Monday 30 June, during 'hands-on' classes designed to give students a real experience of university learning.

Visitors to the university will hear up-to-date course information directly from the academic staff who teach the courses and meet current CSU students who will be their guides for the day.

Pharmacy lecturer Doctor Gregg Maynard said, 'Students interested in helping people understand their medication and overall health will be interested in the pharmacy experience on offer during MyDay at Orange. When they join us students will practise talking to people about their medication and experience a virtual pharmacy simulation.'

Students considering a career in dentistry will be taken on a tour of the dentistry clinic and simulation clinic while prospective physiotherapy students see the specialist rehabilitation facilities on campus. Students considering the bachelor of clinical science will diagnose a patient's illness in a 'problem based learning' case study.

While students are attending classes, separate sessions will be run for parents covering applications, entry pathways, costs and scholarships and accommodation options. Students and parents will be able to tour the student residences, the library and sporting facilities as well as checking out the teaching facilities.

The dentistry and allied health MyDay will run from 10am to 2pm on Monday 30 June. Students can read more about MyDay at www.csu.edu.au/go/myday and register their interest at http://www.csu.edu.au/contacts/myday. 

 Virtual Pharm


Photo: Pharmacy lecturer Dr Gregg Maynard will take students through a patient care simulation in the CSU virtual pharmacy on MyDay

CSU Orange's HSC MyDay experience for Year 12 agriculture students

Peter Mills, Lecturer in Horticulture

The school of agricultural and wine sciences (SAWS) last week hosted 85 HSC students and teachers from high schools in the Orange region at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) MyDay event.

Students from Forbes and Mudgee joined Orange district schools for this experience. The annual event is for students studying agriculture as an HSC subject. Sessions aligned to the HSC syllabus were delivered by SAWS staff and invited presenters.

The agriculture MyDay has two objectives. Firstly, this is an exercise to attract students to the Orange campus, allowing them to experience a day on campus and attend a variety of learning experiences in different teaching spaces, providing exposure to all campus facilities and to different styles of delivery from a wide range of expert presenters in the university environment. Sessions offered ranged from 'Experimental Design and Analysis' to 'Animal Digestion' and 'Plant Reproduction'.

MyDay is also an opportunity for both teachers and students to have a focused revision session on HSC topics.

A highlight this year was a new session delivered by Mr Owen McLaughlan, agriculture teacher at Canowindra High School, which both teachers and students rated as 'excellent'! Mr McLaughlan was involved in developing the current HSC syllabus for agriculture, and is also a marker. Owen provided tips on preparing for the exam, including tips on 'knowing the rules of the game'. He also covered skills in learning how to study for, interpret and answer multiple choice questions, and how to identify and explain answers for short answer questions, all of which included participative activities for the students.

For more information about CSU MyDay (your university for a day) go to www.csu.edu.au/go/myday.

 MyDay students

Photo: Canowindra High Year 12 agriculture students attending MyDay at CSU Orange campus

Scholarship presentation at CSU Orange

Heather Robinson, Head of Orange Campus

More than $42 000 in scholarships were awarded to students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Orange last week.

Honours student in the Bachelor of Pharmacy Ms Samantha Boog, who was awarded the Capital Chemist and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (NSW) scholarships, thanked scholarship donors on behalf of all students for 'the amazing possibilities and opportunities' the scholarships provided.

Ms Boog attended local schools before continuing her studies at CSU and said she believed she had an excellent foundation for a career in health as her mother was a midwife and both her grandmothers were nurses. She described the impact on her life of winning a scholarship as the 'lifting of an immense weight' knowing the majority of her [university] expenses would be covered.

Bachelor of Pharmacy student Ms Jessica Morgan-Thomas also received a Capital Chemist scholarship. "My goal is to become a community pharmacist in a regional area and to provide a high standard of professional health services to the local community," she said. The Capital Chemist scholarships have been offered to students in each year of the pharmacy degree since the course began in 1997.

Ms Sarah Ansell, Head of the Charles Sturt University Foundation, attended the Orange ceremony to present a number of scholarships, including both a CSU Foundation scholarship and a CSU Excellence scholarship to Bachelor of Dental Science student Ms Kelsea Boots.

Scholarships provide valuable support to our students, allowing them to focus on their studies and work towards their professional and career goals. CSU appreciates the significant contributions of our scholarship donors and the part they play in our students' success

The scholarships are administered by the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust, which seeks to promote excellence in the education, research and service activities of the University; its activities include a capital development program, internships, guest lectureships, cooperative research projects and a scholarship scheme.


Photo: Ms Samantha Boog thanked donors at the scholarship presentation ceremony at CSU Orange last week