A standout intern

Angus Koerstz is the MIMS/Guild Intern of the Year

Angus Koerstz from Dubbo, NSW, has been announced as the 2020 MIMS/Guild Intern of the Year at APP2021.

Angus completed his intern year at Cooleman Court Pharmacy in the ACT and now works at Tim Koerstz Pharmacy in Dubbo.

He receives a travel and educational scholarship to the value of $4,500, courtesy of MIMS Australia.

The national award supports the next generation of pharmacists and owners to build a strong foundation for their professional careers.

Pharmacy Guild of Australia national president, Adjunct Professor Trent Twomey, said the award recognises dedicated and innovative intern pharmacists and their work in the community.

“As always, it’s heartening to see a close contest for this award, and that’s the measure of the top finalists and nominees,” said Adj Prof Twomey.

“Angus should be very proud of his achievements, and we congratulate him for being awarded 2020 Intern of the Year.

“His work in taking the Men’s Health Initiative to Dubbo and setting up a satellite clinic is inspirational and was dedicated to taking monthly trips to Dubbo to continue the initiative’s important work.”

Angus said: “I am extremely grateful and honoured to have been recognised as the MIMS/ Guild Intern of the Year for 2020.

Whilst 2020 was a uniquely challenging year for us all, to be recognised in this way is very humbling.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with the innovative team at Cooleman Court Pharmacy and Mens Health Downunder for my intern year. This experience only heightened my passion for community pharmacy and improving men’s health outcomes.

“This award will give me incredible opportunities to advance my career through knowledge and education, and continue to improve the services and support I can offer men in regional communities,” said Angus.

Cooleman Court Pharmacy congratulated their former intern on Instagram.

“Well done Angus!” they wrote. “[Your win] is a mighty effort and great recognition for a year of dedication, education and advancement of pharmacy practice.”

The pharmacy also congratulated its other intern pharmacist Lauren for being one of the three finalists.

Robert Best, CEO and Executive Director of MIMS Australia and New Zealand, congratulated Angus and said MIMS Australia was pleased to continue to sponsor an award that supported the future of pharmacy.

“For over 55 years, MIMS has been, and continues to be, committed to supporting young healthcare professionals across Australia from all parts of the healthcare ecosystem,” Mr Best said.

“It is therefore with immense pleasure that we continue to assist community and hospital pharmacists, and the interns within them, via our continued support of the MIMS/Guild Intern of the Year Award, in addition to our world-class medications information at the point of care. After all, the interns are the future of pharmacy!

“We acknowledge that pharmacists play a crucial role in supporting patient care and medication management, and the team at MIMS would like to congratulate Angus on his achievements within his intern year – with his focus on men’s health, specialising in post-prostatectomy rehabilitation for patients who have suffered from prostate cancer, and setting up a satellite men’s health clinic in his hometown of Dubbo, NSW.”

Angus also champions the Bins4Blokes campaign, an initiative of the Continence Foundation of Australia, and established a clinic at Dubbo Private Hospital since completing his internship.

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