The Cancer Pharmacists Group (CPG) is committed to promoting and further developing the role of the pharmacist in cancer services.
The Group provides the only national multidisciplinary forum for pharmacists working in cancer services.
The CPG membership is comprised of pharmacists practising in a variety of settings including medical oncology, haematology, palliative care and chemotherapy preparation services in both public and private settings.
Appropriately trained and competent pharmacists are responsible for accurate preparation, dispensing and clinical verification of patients’ chemotherapy, targeted therapy and supportive medication orders.1 In addition cancer pharmacists have a common interest in ensuring the provision of optimal pharmaceutical care and drug therapy to individual cancer patients. Cancer pharmacists actively participate in supportive care guideline preparation, provide expert medication information and education and many participate in research.2
A major goal of the CPG is to facilitate training and education and research within both pharmacy and cancer services while ensuring that pharmacists have input into key national policy documents and clinical guidelines.
Support to CPG members is provided by the CPG via a network of pharmacists who can utilise each other's expertise to discuss issues related to cancer services. A web-based discussion forum is available for CPG members on the COSA website.
The COSA Annual Scientific Meeting provides a valuable opportunity for pharmacists working within cancer services to present research, meet each other, exchange information and discuss specific projects while keeping up-to-date on current practice and research.
The CPG members’ area also features additional resources and valuable links for members.
COSA Cancer Pharmacists Group Committee
- Dan Mellor – Victoria (Chair)
- Jude Lees – South Australia (Deputy Chair)
- Dan McKavanagh – Queensland
- Michael Powell – Queensland
- Gail Rowan – Victoria
- Geeta Sadhu – Queensland
- Maria Larizza – Victoria
- Zeyad Ibrahim – Western Australia
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Contact COSA or the Chair, Dan Mellor: Dan.Mellor@Petermac.org for more information about this group.
1. Carrington C, Stone L, Koczwara B et al. The Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) guidelines for the safe prescribing, dispensing and administration of cancer chemotherapy. Asia–Pacific J Clin Oncol 2010; 6: 220–37
2. The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia Committee of Specialty Practice in Oncology. Standards of Practice for the Provision of Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Services. J Pharm Pract Res 2002; 32: 115-8
Only registered pharmacists who are members of COSA are eligible for membership of the CPG. COSA membership comes with a range of member benefits.
To become a member of this group select the Cancer Pharmacists membership box on the COSA joining form. Current members can join this group by selecting the Cancer Pharmacists membership box in update profile in the members’ area.
2012 Clinical Professional Day
The COSA Cancer Pharmacists Group (CPG) is holding a workshop on Monday 12 November. This workshop is open to Cancer Pharmacists attending the Annual Scientific Meeting. There is no charge – the cost to attend this workshop is included with the cost of your full registration.
The morning session will include a series of quality presentations on supportive care; and the afternoon session aims to discuss, develop and agree on a standard suite of KPIs for cancer pharmacy services to allow national benchmarking.
More information is available on the Conference website at http://www.cosa-ipos.org/cosa-information/cosa-cpg-workshop/
The CPG run a Clinical Skills for Cancer Pharmacy Practitioners educational seminar each year. The course is designed to assist pharmacists in developing their clinical skills in cancer pharmacy practice. The two-day course combines informative lectures with interactive workshops to assist practitioners in developing their skills and abilities in the many processes involved in providing cancer treatment to patients. The course is aimed at pharmacists who are already working in the area of cancer but have less than two years experience.
The 6th Clinical Skills for Cancer Pharmacy Practitioners educational seminar will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2013, at the Novotel Brisbane. For more information please go to http://www.cpg2013.org.au/
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