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Pharmacy interns to focus on remote care

By Louise Errington

Samuel Keitaanpaa was one of three CDU students to secure clinical pharmacy internships Samuel Keitaanpaa was one of three CDU students to secure clinical pharmacy internships

A trio of final year Charles Darwin University students will undertake clinical pharmacy internships at some of the country’s busiest regional hospitals.

The CDU cohort will supply medications to hospital wards and directly to patients on discharge. They also will educate staff on medicine use to ensure hospital patients receive the highest level of care.

Samuel Keitaanpaa will be placed at Launceston General Hospital in Tasmania, which services remote areas in the state’s north-east. He said his internship would allow him to focus on continuity of care and quality use of medicines, which have been the focus of his studies at CDU.

“The skills and knowledge I have gained in remote health through my studies will allow me to give the best possible care when it comes to medicine use for people who live a long distance from a major hospital,” Samuel said.

“Launceston Hospital prepares chemotherapy medicines on-site, and I am looking forward to the challenge of manufacturing cytotoxic medicines and working with the unique problems that oncological care poses.”

Samuel said he hoped to use the experience to work with government to develop policies that improved the way medical care was delivered in remote areas.

Isabel Gundani will undertake her internship at Port Pirrie Hospital in South Australia, while Helen Feng Sun will be placed at Alice Springs Hospital.

The students will start their internships in 2014.