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Queen's Birthday honours
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has congratulated two prominent
Queensland pharmacists honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Rhonda White has been made an Officer
of the General Division of the Order of
Australia 'for distinguished service to
the pharmacy profession, particularly
through contributions to education and
retail management practices, and as a
role model for women in business.'
Gwynneth Petrie has been made a
Member in the General Division of
the Order of Australia 'for significant
service to medicine as a senior hospital
pharmacist, mentor and innovator'.
National President of the PSA, Grant
Kardachi, said the honours awarded
to Mrs White and Mrs Petrie were a
fitting recognition of their many years
of commitment and dedication to
'These two pharmacists are leaders
not only as health professionals, but as
women and female role models and it
is wholly appropriate that their work
has now received broad recognition
in the Queen's Birthday Honours List,'
Mr Kardachi said.
'Mrs White continues to be an
inspiration for community pharmacists
and leads by example, having recently
undertaken training in the new area of
opportunity in pharmacist-delivered
Mr Kardachi said that as a director of the
Terry White Chemists Group, Mrs White
had helped to develop an organisation
which now comprised pharmacies in all
states, employing more than 4,500 staff
and with a turnover of $1 billion.
'This is a remarkable achievement and
Rhonda's leadership is an inspiration to
all pharmacists,' he said.
Mr Kardachi said Mrs Petrie had made
a great impact to hospital pharmacy,
particularly in the development of
clinical pharmacy services in hospitals
'Her huge commitment to hospital
pharmacy, and the difference she
has made to this sector, is reflected
in this award. Mrs Petrie remains
very active in the profession and her
commitment to the next generation of
young pharmacists is reflected in her
ongoing work through the PSA intern
'Both these women epitomise the
principles, dedication and commitment
that is a feature of the profession
In Victoria Richard Suor Lim was
awarded a Medal (OAM) in the
General Division for service to the
community through a range of social
welfare organisations. Mr Lim has
been proprietor of Lim's Pharmacy,
Springvale, since 1991.
He has helped establish and
development several community
groups, particularly charity
organisations. He is a member of the
Advisory Group, Faculty of Pharmacy
and Pharmaceutical Science, Victorian
College of Pharmacy, Monash University.
He also presents health education
programs for a range of organisations
and has been a guest speaker for forums
relating to health and other issues for
radio station, for many years.
In Western Australia, pharmacist Laurie
Smith received the Medal of the Order
of Australia in the General Division for
service to local government and to the
community of Rockingham.
"THESE TWO PHARMACISTS
ARE LEADERS NOT ONLY AS
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, BUT AS
WOMEN AND FEMALE ROLE
Waterman wins again
Australian Pharmacist contributor and PSA
Public Affairs Manager Peter Waterman
has been recognised with a Highly
Commended award in the 2014 National
Press Club Health Journalism Awards.
He was commended in the Best News
Feature/Article or Presentation section
of the awards for his article, Prescription
addition: The creeping menace published
in the January 2013 issue of Australian
It was the second time Mr Waterman has
been recognised in the National Press
Club Health Journalist awards.
Medicines Australia (MA) sponsored
the awards. MA Chief Executive,
Dr Brendan Shaw said: 'Australia is well
served by an especially high standard
in health journalism, and Medicines
Australia is pleased to support these
The award winners were announced at a
Press Club lunch addressed by the Minister
for Health, Peter Dutton, on 28 May.
The overall Health journalist of the year
award was won by Sonya Pemberton,
from Pemberton Films and SBS with
the documentary, Jabbed: Love, Fear
The annual Excellence in Health
Journalism Awards are run by the National
Press Club of Australia and sponsored
by Medicines Australia. They seek to
raise awareness of health, medicine and
innovation issues and contributions to
health science and innovation in Australia.
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