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What have you been doing since
you won the award?
I completed my PhD in 2002 and
have been working in academia at
the University of Sydney since then.
I am now an Associate Professor in
Pharmacy Practice. My work primarily
involves undergraduate teaching in a
broad range of therapeutic topics; and
research in all aspects of medication
management (e.g. HMR and RMMR) and
in mental health with a focus on the
quality use of psychotropic medicines.
I am fortunate to lead a large, productive
and dedicated team of outstanding
postgraduate students. My former
PhD students are now in academic/
research positions here at the University
of Sydney as well as other prestigious
institutions including Monash, UNSW,
Tasmania, Otago (NZ) and National
University of Malaysia.
Over the past decade I have also
been honoured to serve on a number
of key international organisations,
including the International Federation
of Pharmacists (FIP), where I am
currently Vice President of the Social
and Administrative Pharmacy Section.
My other current appointments include
editorial board membership of the
International Journal of Pharmacy
Practice, International Journal of Clinical
Pharmacy and scientific committee
membership of the Pharmaceutical Care
Network Europe and International Social
Did winning the award have an
impact on your career?
In my academic career I have always
been motivated to develop, implement
and evaluate new professional services
and learn new techniques and methods.
The PSA excellence award provided
a great initial platform for me to test
Although my award didn't come with
a travel grant, I have travelled to many
countries over the past 10 years, to give
invited lectures and seminars and attend
national and international conferences.
Most recently I was invited to give the
plenary lecture at the European Society
of Clinical Pharmacy Congress in Prague,
What did you learn and how did it
broaden your practice skills?
I am always keen to learn about the
pros and cons of different healthcare
systems, in different countries. Although
the systems are often very different, the
challenges and opportunities for the
delivery of effective pharmaceutical
health care are strikingly similar. We can
always learn from others, even if the
systems are different.
What areas of pharmacy practice
inspire and interest you today?
I believe there are two key challenges
for the delivery of optimum care.
First and foremost is how to provide
consumer-centred or consumer-led care.
The second is how we can work better in
What professional pharmacy goals
do you have for the next two years?
Over the next two years, my research
group aims to contribute key findings
in the broad areas of medication safety
and quality; and stigma reduction
and professional services in mental
health. We are currently researching
inappropriate use of medicines in the
elderly, taxonomies for drug related
problems and medication reconciliation,
medication adherence and screening
services in mental health and ADE
reporting. Other projects include the
use of social media and the application
of essential medicine lists (EML),
Based on your experiences as an
award winner, what advice would
you give to new pharmacists?
Strive for excellence in all aspects of
your professional duties and don't be
afraid to innovate. Be on the lookout
for a mentor who is right for you.
And, of course, consider a PhD in
Dr Tim Chen was the PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year
in 2001. Australian Pharmacist spoke to Tim about what
winning the award meant to him and what he has been
Symbion, proudly supporting the
PSA Excellence awards.
Nominations for the 2014 PSA Excellence
Awards (Young Pharmacist of the Year,
Pharmacist of the Year and the Lifetime
Achievement Award) close on Friday 29
August. For further details and nomination
forms visit: www.psa.org.au/about/excellence-
awards or email: Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
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