Achievements recognised

A number of leading pharmacists have been recognised for their service in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, as has one of the most controversial identities of recent years   

Bill Scott, the former President of the Victorian branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. 

The award citation to William James Scott was for “significant service to the pharmacy profession at the state and national level”.

Mr Scott, who served as Victorian Guild president from 1996-2005, was also a national vice president of the Guild over the same period, and a member of the organisation’s National Council from 1994-2005.

He has remained active in pharmacy and the Guild, and is perhaps being best know in recent years for his role as a judge of the annual Pharmacy of the Year award.

Among other roles, Mr Scott was the Guild’s:  

  • Chair, Health Economics Committee, 1996-2005.
  • Chair, Third Agreement Management, 2000-2005.
  • Chair, National Australian Community Pharmacy Committee, 2000-2005.
  • Chair, National GST Committee, 1998-2003.
  • Chair, National IT Committee, 1998-2005.
  • Member, Guild QCP Standards Committee, 1998-2016.
  • Chairman, Healthlinks/ GuildLink, 1994-2013.

Outside his Guild roles, Mr Scott was a FRED IT Director and Chairman, (2006-2013), a member of the Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation (2015-2017) and a Director of Sigma (1996- 2011).

Also award the Member (AM) in the General Division was WA pharmacist Michael Dillon, “For significant service to the pharmacy profession, and to the community”.

A Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) Life Member since 2015, Mr DIllon is a Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia past committee member. He was the 2015 winner of the Pharmaceutical Society of WA (PSWA) Eric Kirk Memorial Award.

As founding president of the Nights Chemists Association, Mr Dillon was involved in modernising retail trading hours.

He was a founder and former chair of the Pharmacy 777 group, within which he was a partner, and Pharmaceutical Chemist from 1962 to 2016.

Mr Dillon was also recognised for his involvement in a number of community groups, including the Centre for Attitudinal Healing, in which he is Co-facilitator, Men’s Support Group, and was a past president and chair.

Melvyn (Mel) Blachford was awarded the Medal (OAM) in the General Division for “service to the pharmacy profession, and to jazz music.”

Mr Blachford was for 30 years a board member, and was a former president, of the Victorian Pharmacy Board (now Victorian Pharmacy Authority). 

He also served for 40 years on the Board’s Pharmacy Education Committee and its Oral Exams Committees.

He is a former Self Care Manager, Victorian Branch, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and a former State Facilitator, Home Medicines Program, Pharmacy Guild of Victoria.

Outside pharmacy, Mr Blachford has been the Collection Manager with the Australian Jazz Museum, since 2007.

Meanwhile, awarded the Officer (AO) in the General Division was Professor Ian Harper, for “distinguished service to education in the field of economics, and to public and monetary policy development and reform”.

Professor Harper is well-known for Chairing the Competition Policy Review (2014-2015), which is known as the Harper Review, and recommended a number of changes to the community pharmacy, including the scrapping of ownership and location rules.

He currently serves as Dean and Director of Melbourne Business School and Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics.



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  1. David Senator

    VCongratulatioms Mel. You did find life after pharmacy!!

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