Home' Australian Pharmacist : Australian Pharmacist December2016 Contents Australian Pharmacist December 2016 I © Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Ltd.
Professor Maree Smith
wins Bowl of Hygeia
Queensland pharmacist and researcher
Professor Maree Smith has won the
2016 Bowl of Hygeia Award,
PSA Queensland’s top award.
PSA National Vice President Dr Chris
Freeman presented the Award at
a function in Brisbane on Friday,
Dr Freeman said Professor Smith
received the Bowl of Hygeia for her
outstanding leadership in novel drug
discovery and design, particularly
in the area of pain management
and innovative education programs
providing inspiration to future
generations of researchers.
‘Professor Smith has been a vanguard
through her research and the
development of new drugs and
innovation in education. She has
also supported the next generation
of pharmacists and researchers in
Queensland and around the world.’
Professor Smith said she was delighted
and honoured to receive the Bowl of
‘As a long-time specialist and
researcher in the pain field, it’s
very satisfying and rewarding to be
recognised for all your hard work and
passion, especially by your colleagues.’
Based at the University of Queensland
(UQ), Professor Smith is Executive
Director of the Centre for Integrated
Preclinical Drug Development (CIPDD),
which she built along with its commercial
interface to be recognised as a unique,
accredited drug development centre
in Australia. She is also a UQ Professor
of Pharmacy and was included in the
inaugural list of Australia’s top innovators
As the inventor of the EMA401 oral drug
for chronic pain, Professor Smith’s work
was the basis last year for Australia’s
largest-ever biotech deal, which is likely
to change the lives of millions of people
worldwide who live with chronic pain.
Professor Smith also has considerable
expertise in biomedical discovery and
translation with specialist expertise in
the pain field, encompassing a portfolio
of 15 rodent pain models that mimic
individual human pain conditions.
This portfolio is unique in Australia and
Presented annually since 1980, the Bowl
of Hygeia Award recognises exceptional
service of a PSA member who has long
demonstrated excellence, leadership or
innovation in advancing the profession.
CPD quality and quantity
More than 240,000 Continuing
Professional Development (CPD)
assessments were completed by PSA
members during the 2015-16 CPD year,
according to figures released by PSA.
More than half of these assessments
(126,000) were through PSA’s
award-winning journal Australian Pharmacist.
This trend reinforced that PSA is the
single largest provider of quality CPD,
education and practice support for
pharmacists in Australia.
PSA supported members with more than
250 online activities available anywhere
and anytime as well as attracting 33,000
assessments from face-to-face events.
PSA also received overwhelmingly strong
support for its intuitive CPD Planning
Tool, which allows all PSA members
to maintain their competence and
meet the Pharmacy Board of Australia’s
CPD registration requirements.
The CPD Planning Tool was supported
by a national roadshow featuring
113 workshops attended by more than
3,000 pharmacists across the country.
PSA National Vice President Michelle
Lynch said the results and statistics
reinforced PSA as the leading provider
of high quality and evidence-based
education and practice support.
‘PSA is the ‘go-to’ organisation for
developing pharmacy careers, assisting
pharmacists to advance their practice to
improve health outcomes of our patients
and the community,’ Ms Lynch said.
PSA also received a surge in website
traffic in the lead up to the end of the
CPD period with a record 3,700 sessions
and 23,000 page views just before the
CPD deadline of 30 September.
‘ These already strong engagement figures
are set to increase in the new CPD period
with PSA offering even more topical and
targeted content to support the lifelong
learning of all pharmacists,’ Ms Lynch said.
PSA Executive Director, Practice Support
and Education Jan Ridd said all PSA
education was underpinned by an
extensive range of practice support
resources including professional
standards, guidelines, protocols and
‘ The range of CPD activities – including
events, online modules, live broadcasts,
recorded lectures and distance-based
education – caters for all learning styles
and career stages, allowing pharmacists
to undertake relevant CPD in the format
that suits them,’ Ms Ridd said.
PSA Committed to better health
OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FOR BUSINESS ON THURSDAY 22 DECEMBER AND RE-OPEN ON TUESDAY 3JANUARY 2017.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
wishes you all the best for the festive season
and thanks you for your constant support in
helping us create more opportunities for you.
Links Archive Australian Pharmacist November 2016 Australian Pharmacist January 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page