Amy Page, a Melbourne pharmacist with a strong interest in deprescribing, the Quality Use of Medicines, geriatrics, pharmacy education and herbal medicines has been named the PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year for 2015 during a ceremony at PSA15 in Sydney today.
Page has received the award also in recognition of the unique balance of academic, clinical and policy development she brings to her work, says PSA.
Page works in a GP clinic and is an accredited pharmacist who has completed a great many home medicines reviews.
She is completing her PhD on deprescribing, which at its core is about improving the quality of life of consumers who often don’t have a voice, such as elderly and those with dementia.
Page says she is humbled to be the recipient of the 2015 PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year award.
“I am particularly grateful when looking at the exceptional pharmacists who are previous recipients of the award,” she says.
“This award is a celebration of the teams I work with. I’m lucky enough to have worked with passionate, strong teams: from the rural interdisciplinary team in Geraldton and the network of rural pharmacy academics, to the research team at University of Western Australia, and the primary health care team in Melbourne.
“I am privileged to work with amazing health care professionals who inspire me every day.
“The award also acknowledges the influence that other people have had on my career. In particular, my family are always supportive and encouraging. I have also been blessed to have amazing teachers and mentors from undergraduate studies through to my wonderful PhD supervisors.”
National President of PSA, Joe Demarte, says Page is well-known in academic pharmacy circles as a progressive young pharmacist whose opinions and insight into the profession were well beyond her years.
“She is a very driven pharmacist who strives to improve the health outcomes of elderly patients and other at-risk groups through a unique combination of direct clinical support through HMRs and pharmacy practice, but notably working in non-dispensing or non-traditional roles,” he says.
Brett Barons, General Manager Symbion, sponsors of the awards for the 11th consecutive year, said Ms Page was one of the few pharmacists in Australia to work in GP clinics providing medication advice to GPs at the time of prescribing and education on quality use of medicines.
“She is a wonderful example for all young pharmacists and for the profession as a whole,” Barons says.
PhD supervisor, Associate Professor Christopher Etherton-Beer says Page is a great example to both established and aspiring pharmacists.
“Congratulations to Amy, it is always great when someone externally acknowledges the work that is important and meaningful,” he says.