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Professor Charman is the eighth person
to have been awarded the prestigious
title of Sir John Monash Distinguished
‘I am honoured to have been separately
recognised by both the Monash
University community, as well as one of
the world’s leading pharmacy schools.
These forms of recognition reflect the
incredible innovation and team work of
the wonderful colleagues I have been
fortunate to work with during my career
at Monash,’ Professor Charman said.
‘ The continuing development of the
faculty and MIPS will be the highlights
of my career. I am privileged to have
the chance to work with really creative,
committed and intelligent people and it
is truly exciting to plan and implement
our journey ahead’.
Professor Charman received his Bachelor
of Pharmacy degree from the Victorian
College of Pharmacy in 1981, and his
PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry (with
honours) from the University of Kansas
in 1985. His research career has been
characterised by a multidisciplinary
and collaborative approach to address
major issues in drug discovery and
drug delivery, especially for neglected
diseases such as malaria.
Professor Charman has been honoured
by some of the world’s leading
scientific bodies including the Royal
Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain,
the Australasian Pharmaceutical
Sciences Association, the American
Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists,
the International Pharmaceutical
Federation and the Controlled
A champion returns
Returning to his
with a Bachelor
Lloyd Smith is
improved health and
education in far west NSW.
Mr Smith, 25, grew up in Broken Hill where
he now works as a manager for Outback
Pharmacies, a group that owns a number
of pharmacies in the town and holds a
philosophy of helping the community.
He also holds a position as a pharmacy
academic for the Broken Hill Department
of Rural Health, coordinating all academic
requirements of student placements and
managing student support.
‘My role is split between my academic
role and community pharmacy role. It’s a
challenge to manage both, but it is also
very rewarding. I work in three different
pharmacies where I rotate with other
managers. This gives me exposure to
different pharmacies that range from
100 scripts to 500 scripts a day. It’s
Mr Smith inherited his love for pharmacy
but sees his role as more than just
‘Pharmacy for me was about being
able to do something positive in the
community. My great-grandfather and
grandfather were pharmacists in the area.
I can see opportunities to do more than
what people see as the traditional role
of a pharmacist.
‘I don’t just stay behind the counter, I
engage in community education, talking
to groups like Rotary and Legacy about
medicines, health and general wellbeing.
I’m finishing accreditation at the moment
so my role will include some clinical and
home medicine reviews and outreach
‘I recently went to my old high school
to do an asthma education program
but I also travel to remote areas like
Wilcannia and Menindee to get involved
in community activities.’
Mr Smith still finds time to enjoy the
unique location he lives in even though
he is currently enrolling in a PhD.
‘I love water skiing. We definitely have
plenty of water here with a lake system
nearby. It’s a great lifestyle and you can
do a hell a lot of things that you can’t do
in a city. It’s professionally rewarding and
I love that. I can get out of bed 10 minutes
before work to walk 30 metres down the
road to my office.’
It’s not all fun and games though, with the
hardships of living in a remote location
‘Broken Hill has only recently been
knocked off the list as the fattest place in
Australia so there are a number of issues
facing the community regarding diabetes.
In Wilcannia life expectancy is among the
worst in Australia and most third world
countries at age 37. Out here we take on
a team approach to care. I share an office
with someone in primary health care
and we collaborate with mental health
services and other areas who are trying
to achieve these bigger and broader
health outcomes. It’s nice to be part of
something where you’re trying to make a
difference,’ he said.
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