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Bendigo pharmacist wins
Bendigo hospital pharmacist Bruce
Gould was awarded the 2011 Victorian
Pharmacist Medal at the annual Victorian
Pharmacists Dinner in late November.
The medal is Victoria's most prestigious
pharmacy award and was presented in
recognition of Mr Gould's service to the
Victorian community as a community
pharmacist for nearly 30 years and, more
recently, as a hospital pharmacist.
His passion for the pharmacy profession has
led him into taking a proactive role in the
education and training of students, interns
and pharmacists for more than 15 years.
Accepting his award, Mr Gould said he
believed pharmacy is a great profession
that is not generally recognised for its
pivotal role in health care. He was excited
by the enthusiasm and ability of the many
young pharmacists, interns and students
he has met and he hoped to continue to
be involved in education for years to come.
The Annual Victorian Pharmacists Dinner
was well attended by leaders of Victorian
pharmacy organisations including the
Pharmacy Guild, the Society of Hospital
Pharmacists, the Victorian Pharmacy
Authority, heads of Monash, La Trobe and
RMIT pharmacy schools, and the Victorian
Minister for Health the Hon David Davis.
PSA National President Grant Kardachi
and NSW Branch President Charlie
Benrimoj also attended.
Other Victorian pharmacists who were
recognised on the night included life
members Alan Hildebrand, Ayron
Teed, Peter Shepard, and Peter and
Professors Colin Chapman and Kenn
Raymond were recognised for their
exceptional contribution to pharmacy
education, together with community
pharmacists Samson Chan, Leon Hain,
John Nguyen, Marsha Watson, and
retiring Branch Committee member
Victorian Branch President Mark
Feldschuh said he was pleased to see that
the young generation in the pharmacy
profession was also recognised with the
Victorian Early Career Pharmacists group
awarded a certificate of appreciation for
its proactive work in the training and
career mentoring of young pharmacists
Pharmacy Intern of the Year Elisha
Ted, interns Aida Alihodzic and Lucy
McDougall, and pharmacy student of the
year Sarah Carminati were all recognised
for their outstanding efforts.
The annual Victorian Pharmacists Dinner
was supported by Pharmaceutical
Defence Ltd (PDL), Willach, Monash
University, Rose Partners, MIMS, Westpac
Bank, Medibank, Tungsten Wine,
Minuteman Press and Zodiac Catering.
Representing PDL, John Coppock said
that PDL was delighted to be associated
with an event that recognises those
pharmacists who have, and still are,
making a difference to public health.
'Combined with this they all play an active
part in the life of the community. The
award recipients are all great role models
for early career pharmacists'.
Mark Warburton, Managing Director of
Willach, another event sponsor, said he
was proud to be associated with PSA.
'Both PDL and Willach are focussed on
minimising risk to pharmacy staff, Willach
through robotics, smart storage and
efficient design of the dispensary. As such,
this is an ideal partnership to provide
peace of mind to all pharmacy staff'.
from the Queensland
awarded the 2011
Professor James Dare
Graduate of the Year
Award at the PSA
Queensland Branch President's Dinner in
The Award recognises qualities such as
communication, academic performance,
leadership, initiative and ethics, with
each School of Pharmacy nominating
a student for the award from the
graduating class. It is the 'overall
good guy' award.
Also announced at the dinner was the
Intern of the Year for 2011, Andrew
Heathcock from the Redbank Plains
Day and Night Pharmacy. Andrew was
selected for his overall work and for his
involvement in wide-ranging community
projects which he manages to fit in
on top of his remarkable pharmacy
The Queensland Gold Medal was awarded
to Peter Mayne for his outstanding
contribution and exceptional service to
the pharmacy profession and to PSA.
The award is made to a member who
has demonstrated at least 20 years
continuous service to PSA, including
service at the state and/or national levels.
The award of Life Fellow, which marks 50
years or more continuous membership
of the society, was presented to Stella
OTC analgesic summit
More than 20 opinion leaders met at the
PSA Victorian Office in late November to
discuss and tackle the increasing problem
of over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic
misuse in Victoria. The summit was a
Victorian Harm Minimisation Working
Group initiative organised in response to
concerns on the issue expressed by key
medical and pharmacy practitioners.
Led by facilitator
and Victorian Branch
in product packaging and warning,
pharmacy staff training and education,
legislation, coordinated patient
management and real time recording,
universal precaution and borrowed
protection. It is anticipated that an
action plan will be developed for staged
implementation in 2012.
Mark Feldschuh, Mark Warburton, Bruce Gould and John
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