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Curtin honours pioneer
Curtin University in Perth has paid tribute
to one of Western Australia's pioneers
of pharmacy education by naming a
laboratory in his honour.
Geoffrey Tucker, 80, from Forrestfield, was
recognised for his lifetime commitment
and service to the pharmacy profession
and WA community.
Mr Tucker's work and achievements
were celebrated at a naming ceremony
officiated by Curtin University's Vice-
Chancellor, Professor Jeanette Hacket.
Professor Hacket said the University
was delighted to recognise Mr Tucker
for his outstanding contribution to
'He played a key role in the development
of the first three year, full time academic
course in pharmacy in Western Australia,
which commenced in 1964. As Acting
Head of the Western Australian Institute
of Technology (now Curtin University)
School of Pharmacy, Mr Tucker focussed
on providing pharmacy students with
practical, hands-on experience during
'He proposed establishing a 'model
dispensary' where students could practise
their prescription dispensing skills. This
idea, considered pioneering at the time,
is still the model used today to teach
pharmacy students across Australia,'
Professor Hacket said.
'The 'Model Pharmacy' teaching space in
Curtin's multi-million dollar, purpose-built
pharmacy facility ensures our students
gain an authentic experience in a
simulated consulting and dispensing
environment, which includes a state-
of-the-art robotic dispensing system.'
Mr Tucker was dedicated to the concept
of lifelong learning and helped to
introduce a number of postgraduate
pharmacy diplomas at Curtin, which
were eventually extended to master and
In 1953, Mr Tucker received the Webster
Memorial Gold Medal for excellence in
pharmacy studies and in 1968 became an
Honorary Member of the Pharmaceutical
Society of Western Australia in
recognition of his exceptional input to
pharmacy education. The newly named
Geoffrey Tucker Laboratory, in Building
300 at Curtin's Bentley Campus can
accommodate 90 people, and is used by
students across the University.
Pharmacy innovation in the
Charles Darwin University (CDU) Pharmacy
Lecturer, Dr Kwang Choon Yee, has been
awarded an Innovation@CDU-SAF grant
to develop and evaluate a Problem Based
Learning (PBL) model for Pharmacy Practice
Funding from the grant will allow, Dr Yee to
work with NT PSA representatives, Flinders
University PBL tutor, Leigh Moore, and
community pharmacist and former CDU
graduate, Christina Darkadakis to deliver a
Problem Based Learning module to fourth
year pharmacy students.
The team will work to design a model that
provides quality education to students,
assists their research, communication
and critical thinking skills, encourages
self-directed learning and produces a more
'work ready' and confident cohort. Working
on adult learning principles, the PBL is
designed to bring clinical practices into the
classroom and allow students to put their
theoretical knowledge into practice within a
The Innovation@CDU-SAF grant will support
the delivery of a variation on PBL and
compare it to a model previously trialled by
Dr Yee and Leigh Moore.
This initial model grew from the kind support
of Dr Greg Raymond from the Flinders NT
Medical Program who allowed Dr Yee to
observe the way that PBL was used in the
medical degree. Pharmacy students who
were involved in this initial model provided
positive and promising feedback.
As part of the grant project, the group will
explore the use of digital based resources to
support PBL and evaluate the different PBL
models used in the pharmacy course at CSU.
La Trobe student wins Victorian
La Trobe University pharmacy student
Rebecca Boschert has been named as the
2013 PSA Victorian Pharmacy Student of
Rebecca won the Victorian title from
three other finalists -- Lauren Lee and Jane
Stephens from Monash University, and
classmate Amy Waldron from La Trobe
On behalf of the judging panel, Michael
Scavone congratulated all four finalists
for their exceptional performance which
once again lifted the standard further from
previous years. All finalists demonstrated
high level of clinical knowledge and
communicated exceptionally well during the
Mr Scavone said that the pharmacy
profession was in good hands with such
talented young students coming through.
Victorian Branch President Michelle Lynch
congratulated Ms Boschert and the finalists
for their excellent performance.
'I am very confident that Rebecca will be
a great representative for Victoria in the
national final competition at PAC in Brisbane
in October,' she said.
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