2015 Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award nominations open

QPIP team winning the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year award

Nominations are open for the 2015 Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award, now in its fourth year.

This annual award was initiated by UTS Pharmacy in 2012 in order to recognise, reward and celebrate those pharmacists who were breaking away from the traditional dispensing and supply model of practice by developing innovative new service based models which would better engage with consumers.

AstraZeneca will again sponsor and support the award by providing a $5,000 grant for the professional development of the winner.

Head of UTS Pharmacy, Professor Charlie Benrimoj, says that UTS Pharmacy has a particular interest in facilitating this award in order to remain connected to the profession and demonstrate innovation—a key value in the development of its new Master of Pharmacy (International) course.

Its integrated practice-based teaching has already resulted in producing career ready graduates for the emerging service based Health Destination business model which the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia believes is the future of community pharmacy.

The inaugural winner of the 2014 Innovative Pharmacist of the Year Award was the Queensland Pharmacist Immunisation Pilot implementation team who piloted a pharmacist-administered vaccination service, now being rolled out around the country, and demonstrated new opportunities for pharmacists to lead community health interventions.

Previously, in 2013, Gympie pharmacist David Dixon received the award for his development of a sleep management service which engaged with patients to take control of their sleep health and receive the most appropriate treatment and support.

The criteria upon which the award is judged are:

  • Originality: what new concepts or variations on existing ideas in practice delivery have been developed?
  • Impact: to what degree is the concept a fundamental change to traditional practice?
  • Practicality: are the innovations easily implemented into existing business models and practice?
  • Benefits: has the innovation demonstrably improved the health outcome of patients and increased the revenue of the business?
  • Applicability: can the innovation be easily adopted by other pharmacies?

Nominations should address each of the above criteria.

Nominations are now open for the 2015 award and can be submitted to UTS Pharmacy via a dedicated webpage: www.innovativepharmacist.uts.edu.au.

Entries close on the 9th of October with the award being announced at the UTS Pharmacy Gala Dinner on the 21st of October 2015.

For further information please contact Warwick Plunkett (email: warwick.plunkett@gmail.com).

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