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WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING
SINCE YOU WON THE AWARD?
I was privileged to win the PSA
Pharmacist of the Year award in 2006.
That year I was appointed as Professor of
Pharmacy (Aged Care) in the Faculty of
Pharmacy and Centre for Education and
Research and Ageing at Concord Hospital
in Sydney. This allowed me to be involved
in teaching, research and leadership in a
clinical setting. The opportunity to fly the
pharmacy flag in a university teaching
hospital, building on the great reputation
that pharmacists already had at the
hospital, has provided a great platform
for a decade of productive collaboration
in research and teaching which has been
fantastic and privileged opportunity.
DID WINNING THE AWARD HAVE
AN IMPACT ON YOUR CAREER?
A prestigious award such as this and
recognition by your peers is indeed a
privilege but I believe it comes with
important obligations to be actively
involved in serving the profession.
This commitment to service is at many
levels – training pharmacists of the future,
supporting continuing professional
education, working with pharmacist
clinician researchers and supporting
pharmacy outreach into the community
through multidisciplinary collaboration.
Importantly, this award took my career in
a new direction and refocussed not only
what I did, but also how I did it. The award
encouraged me to have a greater focus
on the relevance of my teaching and
research especially in the context of a
changing pharmacy profession.
WHAT AREAS OF PHARMACY
The expanding roles and creative
careers that pharmacists are pursuing
represent exciting opportunities for the
future. This includes innovative roles in
patient centred care and therapeutic
specialisation in mental health, aged
care, infectious disease, cancer care and
chronic disease management. Lastly, I am
keen to see the role of pharmacists who
are clinician researchers expand – it is
these pharmacists who will be the leaders
of the future.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL PHARMACY
GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE
NEXT TWO YEARS?
I am currently leading a National
HealthMRC Centre for Research
Excellence in Medicines and Ageing.
This is a multidisciplinary program of
research which has a focus on research
translation into practice and aims to
gather real world data to improve
quality use of medicines. My colleagues
at the University of Sydney and I have
an ongoing commitment to training
pharmacists of the future who are ready
to meet the challenges of the future.
BASED ON YOUR EXPERIENCES
AS AN AWARD WINNER, WHAT
ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO
Firstly, pharmacy is a great profession and
a pharmacy degree can provide many
career options and directions – some
that are unexpected and others that
not yet conceived. I have had the great
privilege to work closely with pharmacy
students and early career pharmacists
and see their enthusiasm for their chosen
profession with a glass half full approach.
The modern pharmacy graduate is a
healthcare professional with strong
scientific training who can work in a
range of clinical and professional settings
and workplaces. The (continued) changes
that face pharmacy as a profession
provide a great opportunity for creative
careers and the application of innovative
ideas. Importantly, I think we will see
more pharmacists as leaders in the health
system. I would strongly encourage early
career pharmacists to embrace their
professional values, especially by being
actively involved in the pharmaceutical
society. Lastly, start mentoring – be a
mentor, get a mentor, it will change your
Excellence award ‘took my
career in a new direction’
The awards have three categories – the PSA’s
Pharmacist of the Year, Young Pharmacist of
the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The Excellence Award winners each receive
prizes including a Symbion Education Grant
to the value of $9,000.
Nominations for the 2015 PSA Excellence
Awards close on Friday 26 June. The winners
will be announced at the PSA15 conference
in Sydney on July 31. Nomination forms
are available at: www.psa.org.au/about/
excellence-awards or from michelle.mabille@
Professor Andrew McLachlan was the
PSA Pharmacist of the Year in 2006.
He spoke to Australian Pharmacist
about what he has been doing
since winning the award and how it
impacted on his career in pharmacy.
Symbion Pharmacy is sponsor of the awards
for the 11th consecutive year.
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