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our skills and experience can be fully
utilised. One of my key objectives
for 2011 is for the Branch to host
a multi-disciplinary allied health
conference which brings together the
professional organisations of our allied
health colleagues and promotes inter-
Dr Nissen joins Lisa Goldsmith as
the Branch's Vice Presidents and
congratulated Bruce on his election.
She said she felt the Branch was in
very capable hands.
'Bruce is an exceptional young
pharmacist and has a clear vision for
pharmacy which he can now help to
put into reality as Branch President,
Dr Nissen said.
Photos are from pharmacy at Herne
Bay with Alan Irvine. Cough mixtures,
buckets and spades for kids going to
New ACT PSA fellow
ACT Branch member Peter Baird was
presented with his life membership of
PSA in December. ACT National Board
member Cathy Beckhouse presented
the life membership at the ACT Branch
Christmas party on 9 December. She
said that Mr Baird had been a member
for more than 40 years.
Mr Baird began his pharmacist
apprenticeship with in Katoomba.
Later, and with some difficulty, his
apprenticeship was transferred to
Herne Bay in Sydney.
'Sydney University was a culture
shock, so was the migrant camp
at Herne Bay where I frequently
delivered scripts on my push bike. A
new hotel opened at the newly named
Riverwood and for weeks later many
bereft housewives sought help and
credit to pay for essential medicines
and baby food,
' he said.
Mr Baird completed his Materia
Medica and his apprenticeship and
eventually moved back to Katoomba
where he passed the pharmacy
board registration exam and was
registered at age 21. He also became
a full member of the Pharmaceutical
Society of NSW.
When the Katoomba pharmacy
was sold he worked at the hospital
pharmacy at the Sydney Adventist
Hospital and later in the pharmacy
at Farmers Department store (now
Myers). He then secured a position in
Darwin with Barden's Pharmacies.
He said, 'Darwin was a great job but
long hours at times. Scripts were
sent out on mail runs around the top
end of the territory and north-eastern
Western Australia. Stock came by air
(urgent), overland from Adelaide and
Brisbane and by sea from Perth.
After returning south, Mr Baird went
to Canberra to work, firstly in Garema
Place and later at Manuka pharmacy.
'There was a wide range of interesting
customers, including Prime Ministers
and families, diplomats and members
of the military services and public
servants of all levels.
In 1974 he joined the public service,
Pharmaceutical Benefits Branch in
the Health Department to work in
the Secretariat and Listings Section
-- 'Another culture shock and quick
learning curves to be negotiated.
I was at various times involved in
PBAC committee work including
production of meeting agendas, in
the human growth hormone area, and
in the production of the schedule of
Bowl of Hygeia winner
Dr Danielle Stowasser is the 2010
winner of the PSA Queensland Branch
Bowl of Hygeia award.
Queensland Branch President Dr Lisa
Nissen said that Dr Stowasser was
nominated for her leadership and
innovation in the area of Quality Use
of Medicines and Patient Safety.
'She is a wonderful mentor and
inspiration to many pharmacists
and has been instrumental in the
development and implementation
of safe medicines practices, initially
within Queensland Health setting up
the Safe Medication Practice Unit,
and then nationally with the National
Inpatient Medication Chart and the
APAC Guidelines on Continuity of Care.
'As the inaugural Director of Standards
and Quality for the Health Quality and
Complaints Commission, Danielle
worked specifically to champion
the valuable role pharmacists can
play in the clinical team to prevent
patient misadventure as a result of
medication use. She has research
interests in adverse drug events and
in the use of information technology
in their successful prevention. As
CEO of Charm Health she was able to
integrate QUM into the development
and implementation of information
technology solutions for oncology,
renal and medicines management in
Australia. This year she was appointed
as the QUM Advisor for the NPS QUM
' Dr Nissen said.
Dr Stowasser was presented with
the award at the Queensland Branch
President's dinner in late November.
The award recognises exceptional
individual service to the profession.
It is awarded to a PSA member who
has demonstrated a consistently high
standard of professional practice in
support of the principles of pharmacy
service to the community. It can be
awarded for excellence and innovation
in practice development, services'
development, advocacy or education.
Top Queensland intern
Jessica Simpson from Camstart
Pharmacy in Narrabri is the winner of
the Queensland Branch 2010 Intern of
the Year award.
Queensland Branch President
Dr Lisa Nissen said that Jessica was
considered by her preceptor to be
someone who embraces all aspects of
modern community pharmacy.
'As a rural pharmacist she has had
to become an integral part of her
community, involved with the local
aged care facilities and the local
hospital to ensure the continuum of
care is maintained for patients as they
moved between facilities.
Peter Baird and Cathy Beckhouse.
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