Programme Outline For Conference 2019

  1. Transformation in and of pharmacy
    This session will cover transformation in the broadest sense and address:

    • Pharmacy education and training including but not limited to student intake, pharmacy graduates, teaching approaches
    • Access and distribution of pharmaceutical services
    • Equity in and of ownership of pharmacies
    • Quality of pharmaceutical services
    • Leadership in the profession and Black Economic Empowerment
    • Roles and responsibilities of professional associations.
  2. Developing the pharmacy workforce to meet the needs of the country: Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability, Quality and Effective coverage
    This session will cover topics such as:

    • Use of technology in pharmacy education: Innovative use of technology in pharmacy education to provide solutions to HR needs
    • Inter-professional education: Transforming outcomes for the 21st century
    • Changing roles of pharmacy support personnel: Provision of services for the 21st century
    • Human resources forecast and planning: Preparing for placement of interns, learners, students, trainees and community service pharmacist.
  3. The changing landscape in pharmacy practice and collaborative practice in pharmacy
    This session will cover topics such as:

    • Readiness of the market place for current and future pharmacist graduates
    • Harnessing the use of technology to improve patient outcomes
    • Innovation in pharmacy practice: Improvement of access to pharmaceutical services
    • Understanding the demands/ needs of patients to become a better health care practitioner
    • Point-of-care testing (POCT): Moving from basic competence to expert practitioner
    • Collaborative Practice: Barriers and opportunities
    • Enabling group practice to ensure best possible patient care
    • Health technology assessment and individualized patient care. (Diabetes, Cancer, HT etc).
  4. Empowering future generations of pharmacist: Competency framework vs framework of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).
    This session will cover broad topics such as:

    • Evolution of the pre-registration examination to prepare pharmacist for the future,
    • Developing professionalism: Should competence or development of entrustable professional attributes form part of the pre-registration year
    • Development of competence standards using national, regional and international best practice
    • Professional development tools: Some ideas to advance your career in pharmacy and speciality in pharmacy
    • Meeting the skill set of the future generations with an appropriate reimbursement model in NHI.
  5. Leadership, legislation and NHI: Stakeholder roles and responsibilities
    This session will cover broad topics such as:

    • Entrenching leadership skills in the pharmacy workforce; challenges and opportunities
    • Peer coaching: A possible solution to advancing the profession
    • Opportunities for pharmacist in NHI: Adapting to the needs of tomorrow
    • The role of ethics in the development of medicines
    • Pharmacists: Leading the fight against counterfeit medicines


To ensure that the programme of the 3rd National Pharmacy Conference (3-6 October 2019) at Sun City respond to your career development needs, please complete the short updated online survey.

Thank you for all the inputs received so far. At the moment the top programme topic is “Developing roles for pharmacy profession” and 70% of pharmacy professionals prefers a substantial social events programme as was enjoyed at the 1st and the 2nd National Pharmacy Conferences in 2013 and 2016.

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