Conferences are often seen as luxuries only accessible to the private sector. In order to encourage access to all and ensure that the share of information was throughout the entire sector, the HWSETA sponsored the registration fee for public sector pharmacists for the 3rd National Pharmacy Conference. This prestigious event was held in Sun City, North West from 3 – 5 October 2019 and was attended by over 1200 delegates.
Inspired by the Vision 2030 as outlined in the National Development Plan, the 3rd National Pharmacy Conference theme was: “Plugged-in, Engaged, Become a catalyst for change”. This is a clarion call for all in pharmacy to be involved in shaping the future of pharmacy and how it continues to contribute to responding the healthcare needs of a society that is rapidly adapting to technological advancements.
The conference not only addressed the role of pharmacy in an information society, but also attended to topical issues such as the transformation of the pharmacy industry, increasing access to pharmaceutical services and ensuring universal access by 2030 in line with the NDP.
The pharmacy industry and pharmacists, as protagonists in the provision of pharmaceutical care, find themselves facing a changing operating environment, brought about by changes in patient needs and preferences as well as technological innovations that seek to disrupt the status quo. To ensure that the profession continues to be at the forefront of delivering meaningful quality pharmaceutical care for all, a concerted effort through dialogue, collective advocacy, professional development, and skills transfer among pharmacy professionals nationwide is necessary.
“The conference enabled us to do a lot of networking and also broadened our knowledge about the newest technologies available or in development. We also got to meet the Minister of Health, Dr Mkhize and also the MEC of Health North West. I just want to take the time to thank HWSETA for the opportunity,” Salomè Viljoen, Tlokwe sub-district Responsible Pharmacist and recipient of HWSETA sponsorship.
Last modified: January 9, 2020