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Pharmacy to Paci c people
A young Rockhampton pharmacist is
working beyond his normal career scope
and delivering much needed medicines
to the sick on remote Pacific islands
and villages as part of an international
John Parr is a 25-year-old Lieutenant
deployed on board Royal Australian Navy
ship HMAS Tobruk to render humanitarian
aid to remote townships in Papua New
Guinea and islands as a part of Pacific
Partnership 2013. The international
humanitarian mission comprises Defence
personnel and volunteers from Australia,
the Unites States, Canada, France, Japan,
Malaysia and New Zealand
John is posted to 11 Close Health Company
at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane and
has joined the international mission as
a pharmacist and part of the medical
contingent providing medical, dental and
veterinary aid in the townships of Wewak
After finishing his schooling at Frenchville
State School and North Rockhampton
High School, John joined the army in 2007
and received undergraduate university
sponsorship to study at the University
'I joined the army to work outside of the
normal day to day conditions and an
overseas deployment represents exactly
that opportunity', he said.
'I deployed to Nauru last year as a part
of Operation Resolute which was a good
learning experience so another chance
to work in the field for Pacific Partnership
was fantastic. It's my first time on a Navy
ship as well so that alone has been a new
experience,' John added.
In addition to becoming a fully qualified
pharmacist, John has also received
qualifications in combat first aid and
Pacific Partnership 2013 is an annual
US-sponsored humanitarian and civic
assistance mission aimed at strengthening
international relationships with partner and
host nations in the Asia-Pacific.
In addition to HMAS Tobruk's deployment to
Papua New Guinea, USS Pearl Harbor of the
United States Navy will deploy to Samoa,
Tonga and the Marshall Islands while
HMNZS Canterbury provides aid to Kiribati
and the Solomon Islands.
While in Wewak and Vanimo Australian
Defence Force medical personnel will work
with their counterparts from the United
States Army and United States Navy to
provide aid as well as run clinics and health
fairs for locals, and update medical training
for local medical practitioners.
An Australian Army engineering team will
work with members of the United States
Navy's Amphibious Construction Battalion
to conduct maintenance, repairs and
refurbishment to schools, used by nearly
5,000 children in Vanimo and Wewak.
Volunteers from HMAS Tobruk's crew will
also refurbish sports facilities and public
buildings for the two remote townships
which have a combined population of
approximately 40,000 people. HMAS Tobruk
will return from its Pacific Partnership
deployment in late July.
See Medicines in camouflage page 22.
Vale Jim Beovich
By Andrew Daniels
Australian pharmacy lost a true gentleman
and respected innovator in April when Jim
Beovich died after a brief illness in Melbourne.
He was 79 years old.
A proud pharmacist, Mr Beovich was also a
qualified chiropractor, acupuncturist and a
successful businessman. He first made his
mark in pharmacy in the 1950s as a board
member of Amcal. After becoming Board
Chairman in 1957 he set about changing
some of Amcal's less efficient practices.
He will be remembered by many pharmacists
as an active mentor of interns and newly
registered pharmacists. He even wrote his
own handbook to use for training.
In an interview in 2007 he told Australian
Pharmacist1 that he ran each of his professions
separately not in parallel.
While keeping up to date with continuing
education for pharmacy, chiropractics
and acupuncture to maintain registration
was quite a task in itself, pharmacy always
remained his passion.
'My interest has always been in pharmacy and
in the advancement of pharmacy,' he said in
the 2007 interview.
Over the years he owned and sold more than
15 pharmacies and still owned one in 2007.
He retired five years ago but according to his
wife Marion always kept up to date with his
continuing education and never relinquished
his registration as a pharmacist.
He also had a keen eye on the future of
pharmacy. He told Australian Pharmacist in
2007 that there was a standard saying that
pharmacy is at the crossroads. 'It's been at the
crossroads ever since I've been in pharmacy.
But the only way I can see it progressing now
is by the provision of professional service.'
Jim Beovich will be missed by the many
pharmacists and friends in the profession he
made over his long and distinguished career.
1. Caulfied J. A Jim of all trades. Australian Pharmacist Nov
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