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Nicole McDerby​

Nicole McDerby​
Practice Pharmacist

Nikki is a registered pharmacist, accredited in home medicines reviews and residential medication reviews. She has experience in various pharmacist roles including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, research and academia. She is a credentialed clinical pharmacy educator and has diverse clinical pharmacy experience including geriatric medicine, general medicine, paediatric and neonatal medicine. She particularly enjoys the unique and complex pharmacological challenges associated with medication and chronic disease management in older adults. She is currently completing her PhD in pharmacy, with her research focusing on the outcomes associated with integrating pharmacists into health care teams within residential aged care homes.

Calvary Health Care Clinical Council

Dr. Paresh Dawda has been appointed to the Clinical Council for Calvary Health.  Calvary Health is a not for profit healthcare organisation with a mission to provide quality, compassionate healthcare to the most vulnerable, including those reaching the end of their life.  This is a privileged advisory position supporting an organisation delivering hospital, community and aged care services.

Trial of Video Conferencing

Having identified an opportunity to trial video conferencing offered by a Commonwealth Government Department of Health initiative we are pleased to soon begin video conferencing for health consultations.  We are grateful to Capital Health Network who facilitated the approach to the Commonwealth.

We will be piloting this across four Residential Aged Care Facilities for urgent clinical issues only.  We are very excited by this initiative which supports all of our values of Excellence, Equity, Collaboration and Innovation.

A presentation by our pharmacist on Chronic Pain to staff at a residential aged care facility

Our practice pharmacist, Nicole McDerby, with our GP, Dr Paresh Dawda, are leading a quality improvement project addressing the management of patients with chronic pain in residential aged care. A key aspect of this project is the production of a comprehensive document contributing to the care plan held by the residential aged care facility. Nicole delivered a presentation to one of the facilities as part of their staff’s in service training on the managing chronic pain in residential aged care.

Quality Improvement - Chronic Pain Management in Residential Aged Care

Our team are currently undertaking a quality improvement project aimed at improving chronic pain management for our patients in residential aged care. This complex condition is challenging to manage and requires effective collaboration and expertise from multiple health care professionals.

Prestantia Health

Suite 83
2 Endeavour House
Captain Cook Crescent
Manuka ACT 2603

T: 02 6113 0188
F: 02 6147 0311
contact@prestantiahealth.com

Prestantia Health

Forde Suites
1st Floor (Units 8-10)
26 Francis Forde Boulevard
Forde, ACT 2914

T: 02 6113 0188
F: 02 6147 0311
contact@prestantiahealth.com