National Pharmacy Conference Coming to Galway

• Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, to open Plenary Session, IPU National Pharmacy Conference

9 May 2019: The Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) will this weekend (10 ¬– 12 May) hold its annual National Pharmacy Conference titled ’Community Pharmacy: Maximising Our Potential’ which will focus on the necessity for the community pharmacy profession to develop a broader scope of practice in the future and to be fully engaged in the wider health system.

Commencing tomorrow, at the Galmont Hotel in Galway, the conference will hear from a range of speakers on the development of pharmacy services and the challenges currently being faced by the sector.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, will open the Plenary Session at the conference on Saturday morning.

This year’s conference will also feature top-class speakers, including:

• Dr Ross T. Tsuyuki, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta;
• Margaret Wing, CEO, Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA); and
• Terence A. Maguire, Pharmacist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast.
Also joining the IPU’s busy agenda is Laura Magahy, Executive Director at Sláintecare, for the Panel Discussion on the Saturday afternoon of the conference, titled, Sláintecare – the Future Shape of Healthcare. Joining her in the discussion will be IPU President Daragh Connolly, Terence A. Maguire and Aileen Bryson, Deputy Director and Practice and Policy Lead for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Scotland.

Full programme of speakers available here.

The conference will conclude on Sunday with community pharmacists from across the country debating motions on a wide range of topics relating to pharmacy services and improving access to healthcare. Motions passed at this meeting will become official policy of the Irish Pharmacy Union.

Motions to be debated at the conference include:

• “That this AGM commends the Sláintecare Programme for engaging with the IPU to explore the healthcare role of the pharmacist and looks forward to the expansion of pharmacy services as part of reforming and modernising healthcare in Ireland.”

• “That this AGM calls on the HSE PCRS and the PSI to review and reduce the level of unnecessary bureaucracy they foist on community pharmacists which risks exacerbating the exodus of young pharmacists from the profession.”

• “That this AGM calls upon the Minister for Health, following the recent agreement with General Practitioners, to immediately commence substantive talks with the IPU to reverse FEMPI as it applies to community pharmacy contractors.”

When: 10 – 12 May 2019
Where: Galmont Hotel, Galway
What: Galway to host 200 pharmacists and top-class speakers