PAC13 highlights opportunities through advanced practice

The benefits to pharmacists of pushing practice forward through maximising advanced practice opportunities will be canvassed by leading academic pharmacist, Professor Lisa Nissen, at PAC13 in Brisbane next month.

Professor Nissen will examine what career and practice opportunities may arise from advanced practice and what this may mean for pharmacists as they face the challenges and opportunities of the future.

Professor Nissen is well placed to address this topic and provide guidance for pharmacists seeking to boost their career and practices.

She is Head of the School of Clinical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology and has 20 years’ experience, having worked in hospital and community pharmacy in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Her research focuses on the Quality Use of Medicines in the wider community and the expansion of roles for pharmacists, including development of pharmacy practice into other cognitive service delivery areas such as sleep, pain management and pharmacist prescribing.

Professor Nissen’s specific clinical interest is in the management of chronic pain and she is highly regarded as an experienced pharmacy practitioner, researcher and educator.

She is a strong believer in the benefits of multidisciplinary healthcare teams in the care of patients in the community and this passion for multidisciplinary care is carried into the classroom with a commitment to the development and implementation of innovative multi-professional education for health students. In recognition of her teaching contributions she was awarded an ALTC Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008.

Professor Nissen is a well-respected and high-profile member of the Australian pharmacy community representing the pharmacy profession across many areas of the health sector. As an acknowledgement of this role she was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2002 and Pharmacist of the Year in 2008.

The theme for PAC13 is ONE profession, ONE focus, ONE voice which will focus on unity in the profession, in the delivery of services and in the goal of better health outcomes.

These are the keys to the profession growing in the future and remaining viable and sustainable while continuing to improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

PAC13 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre from 10-13 October 2013. To    register, go to