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deliver medication reviews to Colac
residents and who opened a new
pharmacy to support the Marysville
community after the 2009 bushfires.
Victorian pharmacists also expressed their
gratitude to retired pharmacy statesmen
Brian Grogan and John Coppock for
their leadership and services; and
celebrated Alistair Holley, Gordon Cornell,
Les Dickinson and Peter Lumley's 50 years'
association with the PSA.
The great work of the younger
generations were also recognised
through awards to Stacey Groves as
PSA Intern of the Year, James Lonergan
for his Best Public Health Education
Project, Yi-Jun Pan and Caitlin Mulgueen
as Victorian Gold Medallists at Monash
and La Trobe Universities respectively,
and Kahlinda Mahoney as the Victorian
Pharmacy Student of the Year.
Ms Lynch said that the annual dinner
event recognised many of the unsung
heroes among Victorian pharmacists.
'It has the full support of the profession
and stakeholders, and the stories told
were an excellent demonstration of the
passion and hard work of pharmacists in
Victoria,' she said.
'I also want to thank the support of
the many rural pharmacists serving as
regional co-ordinators, enabling an
extensive regional CPD program to be
delivered in Victoria. And finally I want
to thank PDL, MIMS, Westpac Banks,
Monash University, Minuteman Press and
Le Zodiaque for their sponsorship of the
annual Victorian Pharmacists Dinner'.
Fellowship allows research
Pharmacy academic Parisa Aslani will
develop and evaluate useable patient
medicine information documents
for non-prescription medicines
thanks to a University of Sydney
Associate Professor Parisa Aslani was
awarded the fellowship in December.
The Thompson Fellowships aim to
promote and enhance the careers of
academic women and are offered to
academic and research-only women
employed by the University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Aslani said: 'It is a
great honour to receive this Fellowship.
The Thompson Fellowship is a unique
opportunity to release me from my
teaching and administrative duties and
allow me to focus on my research fulltime
and accomplish research specific goals
'I will be using the time to complete a study
which is part of a larger research project
that aims to develop and evaluate useable
patient medicine information documents
for non-prescription medicines to meet
consumer needs, and ensure optimal
delivery by healthcare professionals'.
The Fellowships provide opportunities for
women to develop and strengthen their
research, provide support for teaching
and administrative responsibilities and
funding to secure technical assistance.
Associate Professor Aslani was one of
nine academics who were awarded
Fellowships. Each Fellow will receive
$60,000 over two semesters.
Professor Jill Trewhella, Deputy
said: 'These programs support talented
researchers who have encountered
various obstacles to developing their
ideas and careers. I have seen the
opportunities these programs have given
past fellows and I feel confident this year's
recipients will similarly flourish.
'It is of course also a wonderful benefit to
the University and the wider community
that these talented researchers are able
extend their contributions to their fields'.
Victorian pharmacist of
Benalla pharmacist Marsha Watson is the
2012 Victorian Pharmacist of the Year.
Ms Watson was awarded the prestigious
Victorian Pharmacist Medal at the annual
Victorian Pharmacists Dinner at the
Cossar Hall in late November.
She was described as being a quiet
achiever who has passionately served her
local community for many years, making
excellent contributions to the health and
wellbeing of many people in Benalla.
Lynch, said Ms
Watson had always
been among the
very first group of
practice concepts in pharmacy.
'She was among the first to put into
practice DMAS and the health destination
pharmacy concept,' Ms Lynch said.
'She also utilises a fully automated
dispensary to facilitate patient
counselling and her nomination was
strongly supported by her customers and
During the dinner, other quiet achievers
were also remembered including
Jim Burns for his 40-plus years of service
at Croydon and his opioid replacement
service; and Andrew Clayton who
regularly travels up to seven hours to
2012 Victorian Pharmacist of the Year Marsha Watson.
Pharmacy academic Parisa Aslani.
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