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Victorian Police pharmacist Robert
Jamieson has won the 2013 PSA
Victorian Pharmacist Medal.
Mr Jamieson was presented with
the Medal at the annual Victorian
Pharmacists Dinner in Melbourne on
Friday 29 November.
He was one of the first community
pharmacy owners in small
group of pharmacies to embrace
pharmacotherapy. As a provider of
pharmacy services and a member of
the Medical Advisory Board of a Drug
and Alcohol Private Hospital he became
well acquainted with the problems,
issues and methods of treatment for this
section of the community.
Over the past few years, he has been
working with the Victoria Police and was
instrumental in establishing a custodial
health service together with a group of
doctors & nurses to look after the health
of people in police custody throughout
Victorian Branch President Michelle
Lynch presented the Medal. She thanked
Robert for his hard work in ensuring
quality and effective pharmacy services
are reaching out to a segment of the
community that is often forgotten or
abandoned by the community.
Mr Jamieson set up a dispensary in
the Melbourne Custody centre where
medication is dispensed for prisoners
held there and at metropolitan cells.
He works strategically with regional
community pharmacies, police, doctors
and nurses to make sure prisoners have
the medication they require in a timely
fashion and in the most cost effective
way. His work is now being adopted
by other states in Australia. Recently
the Malaysian Police Service has begun
to study his work as a highly efficient
He has worked in various areas of
pharmacy practice since 1971. He studied
nutritional medicine before it was
mainstream and later was one of the first
pharmacists to establish a wellness centre
within his pharmacy.
Mr Jamison said that it was humbling to
be recognised for his work.
He said that his earlier work in community
pharmacy and in harm minimisation gave
him the knowledge and skills to recognise
the need and implemented the pharmacy
service in Victoria Police. He asked
young pharmacists to actively explore
a variety opportunities and experience
as one would never know where these
opportunities might lead.
Other Victorians recognised on the night
included Robyn Saunders, Bev Gorr,
John McCormack, Bev Baxter, and retired
Victorian Pharmacy Guild Branch Director
Maurice Sheehan. Peter Palmer and
Norma Dean received their life member
certificates, while Ripal Shah received the
Ms Lynch also thanked PDL, MIMS,
Monash University, Minuteman Press and
Le Zodiaque for their generous support in
sponsoring the event.
The Victorian Pharmacist Medal
recognises the excellent contribution
of pharmacists at the grass root level
in improving health outcomes and
the wellbeing of the public. Through
this award the Victorian State Branch
Committee seeks to tell the stories of
the work of many quiet achievers in the
Bill Arnold recognised with
Canberra-based member Bill Arnold
has been made a PSA Life Member in
recognition of his service to the profession
and to the Society.
Announcing the honour at a function in
Canberra, PSA Branch President, Associate
Professor Greg Kyle said Mr Arnold had been
a stalwart of the PSA Branch for many years.
'Bill has been an active member and his
ongoing commitment to the profession
and the community is an example that
many other pharmacists look up to.
'He never shirks from volunteering to offer
his expertise and his work has seen him
appointed as the pharmacy representative
on a diverse range of boards and bodies
which have included the ACT Alcohol,
Tobacco and Other Drugs Taskforce
Working Group, the ACT Opiate Treatment
Advisory Committee and the ACT
Vulnerable Families Project.'
'I seem to remember going from the
Pharmacy Board Office in Sydney after
collecting that bit of paper straight round to
the PSA NSW Office to join,' he said.
'I have always enjoyed the community
pharmacy environment and being able
to help people, and this continues to be
a great satisfaction for me. We have an
expression in Hebrew; "Tikun Olam" which
is translated in different ways. Essentially
the concept is that each one of us should
try to make the only world we have a
'My father's version was that if you are
part of anything you should be an active
participant, and leave it better than when
you started. I haven't left yet; and I hope I
have made a contribution to the profession'.
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