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CAREFUL LISTENER RECOGNISED
Community pharmacist Beatrix Zielonka-Perry from McCrae on the
Mornington Peninsula is the 2016 PSA Victorian Pharmacist Medal
winner. Ms Zielonka-Perry's award was presented at the annual Victorian
Pharmacists Dinner on Friday 18 November.
PSA Victorian President Ben Marchant said Ms Zielonka-Perry received
the Award for her passion, empathy and exceptional care for the local
community, particularly in the area of mental health. 'Beatrix is an
accredited pharmacist with more than 30 years of community pharmacy
experience. She has been proactive in the development of counselling in
pharmacy,' Mr Marchant said.
Ms Zielonka-Perry's interest in counselling and mental health led her to
complete a degree in psychology. She now owns and operates a pharmacy
in McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula and is a leading advocate of
'Beatrix is passionate about pharmacists being out front talking to people.
She believes if pharmacists listen carefully and encourage patients to talk,
sooner or later they will discover what is going on, and are well placed to offer
help,' Mr Marchant said. The Victorian Pharmacist Medal recognises the excellent
contribution of pharmacists at the grass-roots level by improving the wellbeing
of the general public. Through this Award, the Victorian State Committee seeks
to tell the stories of many quiet achievers within the profession.
MARK DUNN A LIFETIME ACHIEVER
Pharmacy internet pioneer and former Australian
Pharmacist columnist Mark Dunn FPS is the 2016
Tasmanian Pharmacy Lifetime Achievement
Mr Dunn was honoured -- along with several
other Tasmanian pharmacists -- at the Tasmanian
Pharmacist Dinner at the Glen Albyn Estate in Hobart
in November. Other winners included Tasmanian
Pharmacist of the Year Susan Lee, from the Valley
Road Pharmacy in Devonport, and Rebecca Wyatt
who won the 2016 Early Career Pharmacist Award
In a collaborative effort, PSA, the Pharmacy Guild
of Australia, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists
Australia (SHPA) and University of Tasmania,
Pharmacy Department worked together to host the
third awards night and celebratory dinner.
PSA Tasmania President Dr Ella Van Tienen said that
as the former owner of Australia's southern-most
pharmacy in Dover, Mark Dunn has experienced the
professional isolation of a rural pharmacist. To help
overcome the tyranny of distance, he embraced
emerging technologies and established
AusPharmList to support pharmacists.
INTERN PHARMACIST OF THE YEAR
Robert Scarso was presented with the Victorian Intern Pharmacist of the
Year Award at the annual Victorian Pharmacists Dinner for his work at
Chemist Warehouse in Fairfield. This Award recognises intern pharmacists
who show outstanding performance in their development and act as role
models among Early Career Pharmacists.
Also, Valda Comber FPS received a certificate of appreciation for her service as
a co-founder and executive of the Pharmacist Support Service Management
Committee from its inception to 2016. Geelong-based pharmacist Greg Porte
also received a certificate of appreciation for his tireless efforts in ensuring
patient-focussed care by collaborating with other health professionals and
pioneering new models of care. He operates the first Health Destination
pharmacy in Victoria.
REMUNERATION AND REFORM
ROADSHOW IN 2017
Pharmacists are invited to attend a nation-wide
roadshow focusing on remuneration and reform
issues in February and March 2017.
PSA's Remuneration and Reform roadshow will cover
all States and Territories and focus on a range of key
pharmacy topics including the Review of Pharmacy
Remuneration and Regulation as well as new
opportunities presented by reforms in Australia's
The roadshow will also highlight how PSA is
advocating to create a brighter future and career
opportunities for the whole professional -- including
Early Career Pharmacists - to support pharmacists
working to their full scope of practice.
Events will be held in each State and Territory staring
in Western Australia from February 13, 2017.
The roadshow is due to finish in Brisbane in early
Stay tuned for more details will be provided on
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