A distinguished career


Paul Naismith of FRED IT.

Pharmacy IT leader “humbled” by recognition in alumni awards

Paul Naismith, pharmacist and the Chief Executive Officer of Fred IT Group, has this week been recognised in Monash University’s Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2020.

The awards pay tribute to alumni achievements and success in becoming leaders in their field.

Mr Naismith was recognised for his career focused on using technology to improve the ability of pharmacists to care for their patients. He holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Monash University.

Described as an “information technology visionary”, Mr Naismith co-founded Fred in 1991 to develop dispensing software that was faster and easier to use. The company has since grown into Australia’s largest provider of information technology services dedicated to pharmacy with a team of 240 staff.

Until recently, Mr Naismith was also the owner of two community pharmacies in Victoria.

Some career highlights for Mr Naismith include the 2009 launch of eRx Script Exchange, Australia’s first national electronic prescriptions exchange for pharmacy and health, and MedView, an online cloud-based platform for managing medicines information.

He has recently seen two of his career-long ambitions realised: the 2019 introduction of real-time prescription monitoring to save lives and reduce the accidental misuse of prescription medications; and the 2020 introduction of an Australian system of electronic prescriptions to remove paper-based processes and improve convenience for all.

Mr Naismith is Chair of the Board of Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL), pharmacy’s major indemnity provider. He is also Chair of APPCo, publisher of the Australian Journal of Pharmacy.

“I am very humbled to be in the company of some truly amazing people in that group,” he told AJP.

“It’s nice to be recognised for the various roles that pharmacists can play in our profession and particularly to see that IT is an important enabler of patient safety and greater professional services.”

Other winners recognised in the most recent round of awards include Jane Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Ovarian Cancer Australia, and Dr Sandro Demaio, a medical doctor and public health expert formerly with the World Health Organization.

Pharmacist and entrepreneur Stuart Giles was recognised in the 2019 alumni awards for Monash University (also pictured below).

Paul Naismith, back row second from the right, along with Stuart Giles, front row far right.

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