PSWE-06 - Meeting today’s challenges and preparing for the future in military pharmacy

Organised by FIP's Military and Emergency Pharmacy Section in collaboration with the Early Career Pharmaceutical Group


Ms Jane Dawson, New Zealand Defence Force, New Zealand and Ms Nita Sood, US Public, Health Service, United States


The military health system of nations’ primary mission is to support combat operations and provide comprehensive health care to its service members. Military doctrine supports an integrated health services support system to triage, treat, evacuate and return the casualty to duty in the most time-efficient manner. A basic characteristic of organizing health services support in the military is the distribution of medical resources and capabilities to facilities at various levels, diverse locations, and capabilities commonly referred to as the four roles of care (Roles 1-4) from medical care for immediate lifesaving measures to evacuating to a robust medical facility. Military pharmacists must be ready to provide pharmaceutical health services support and health protection to enable Force readiness. This session will focus on protecting the health of the forces and military pharmacists’ contributions to protect national security and help build a healthy force.



15:15 – 15:20 Session introduction by the chairs
15:20 – 15:40 Military veterinary support to Bushfire Assist in 2020
Dr Amanda McLune, Headquarters 2nd Health Brigade, Australia
15:40 – 16:00 Use of pharmacy electronic health record clinical decision support to optimise military readiness
Dr Angela Klinski, Defense Health Agency, United States
16:00 – 16:20 Challenges of providing healthcare in an austere simulated high-threat environment ISO airbase operations
SQNLDR Michael Whitney, Australian Defence Force, Australia
16:20 – 16:40

Regulatory perspective panel discussion

  • Mrs. Jane Dawson, New Zealand
  • Commander Sylvain Grenier,  Canada
  • Colonel Matthias Meyer, Germany
  • Major Heather Kincaid, United States
16:40 – 16:45 Closing and summary

Learning objectives

  • To explain governmental legislative and regulatory efforts to promote population health
  • To explain the role of the military working dogs during combat and humanitarian operations
  • To describe electronic health record clinical tools used by military pharmacists to optimize military readiness
  • To describe futuristic innovations to enhance pharmacy support

Take home messages

This session enhances pharmacists’ professional development from across different practice areas and nations. The presentations will provide a space for attendees to engage in a dialogue to think strategically about pharmacists’ role in military readiness and to collaboratively work to identify opportunities across the professional spectrum.