D6 - Putting health logistics into clinical pharmacy


Organised by the FIP Military & Emergency Pharmacy Section


Steve Shaddock and Wendy Walker (Australian Defence Forces, Australia)


While the pharmacy practitioner is taught about the safe and effective use of medicines and their side effects, there is relatively no instruction on logistics as a part of their structured pharmacy training. However, emergency pharmacists and military pharmacists are nearly always required to undertake a health logistics function as part of their scope of practice when working in a humanitarian environment or military operation. The logistic function is an important component for all health professionals on deployment to be able to sustain the healthcare of their patients. In many cases, the health logistic training may only be accessed once the pharmacy practitioner is employed by an organisation.


09:00 – 09:10 Introduction by the chairs

  1. 09:10 – 09:45 Centre for Emergency and Disaster Pharmacy: Training and research
    Nicolas Widmer (Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Swiss Armed Forces, Switzerland)
  2. 09:45 – 10:20 Training of an AUSMAT pharmacist
    Mel Morrow (National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Northern Territory, Australia)

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee/tea break

  1. 10:40 – 11:15 A study of trauma severity and drug consumption based on medical big data
    Zhu Zhanzhou (Pharmacy School of the Second Military Medical University, China)
  2. 11:15 – 11:50 The UK military Ice Maidens expedition to cross Antarctica
    Nics Wetherill (Royal Army Medical Corps, UK)

11:50 – 12:00 Conclusion by the chairs

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the training required for the clinical pharmacist to obtain the health logistics knowledge to be able to undertake his or her role;
  2. Describe the experiences gained on deployments or on a specific deployment(s) that pharmacist has undertaken;
  3. Explain the lessons learnt.

Type of session: Knowledge-based