Agenda Setters: Debbie Rigby

Voted by readers as the tenth leading Agenda Setter in pharmacy, Debbie Rigby is a pioneer of, and tireless advocate for, pharmacy’s enhanced clinical role

Debbie Rigby needs no introduction to anyone in pharmacy. 

Debbie, who describes herself as a consultant clinical pharmacist, works in a general practice, conducts HMRs and provides medicines education to pharmacists, nurses, GPs and other health professionals through her company Pharmeducation.

She sees the recognition as one of pharmacy’s leading agenda setters as being “pretty humbling, and very proud,” and says the profession is actually doing well, despite a lot of “naysayers”.

“I think the profession is in a good place at the moment with lots of pharmacists doing innovative things in different settings,” she says.

Debbie feels she has influenced the agenda for pharmacists through her broad experience across pharmacy settings and primary care.

“I have carefully built relationships within and outside the pharmacy profession, based on trust and integrity, as well as my clinical knowledge and focus on patient-centred care,” she says. “Through my own clinical practice working in a GP practice and conducting HMRs, I strive to demonstrate the valuable role of pharmacists contributing to better medication outcomes.”

“My other roles in education and teaching, and on various Boards and committees (such as NPS MedicineWise and Veterans’ MATES Practitioner Reference Group) enable advocacy on behalf of the profession, seeking and championing roles for pharmacists as part of the healthcare team”.

What you said:

“A brilliant example of a leader; innovative, passionate, self-reflective, inspiring and bringing the next generation along with her.”

“Has fought for roles for pharmacists as medicines experts and advocates for best use of medicines across the health system.”

“A cheerleader for pharmacy, an innovator for services, and agent for change in transitions of care.”

The Agenda Setters campaign asked AJP readers to vote for the pharmacists they feel are showing the way forward for the profession. We finished with a list of 13 winners as voted by you: see the full list here.

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