President re-elected, but new blood to enter senior ranks at the PSA
Victorian pharmacist Joe Demarte has been re-elected as President by the national PSA board.
Demarte, who is also a member of PSA’s Victorian Branch Committee, continues for a second term as National President after officially taking on the role in 2015.
However there is change at the next level with Dr Chris Freeman joining Michelle Lynch as one of the two national vice-presidents.
Lynch, also from Victoria, was originally elected as vice-president in 2015, while Freeman, from Queensland is assuming his first PSA executive board role.
Demarte said he was honoured to be re-elected as National President at “an exciting and important time for pharmacists and the profession and I am delighted to be able to lead it once again.”
“There are many interesting challenges facing the profession and some great opportunities, especially in terms of new career paths, new roles and remuneration, innovation and value-adding services being provided by PSA to members.
“As always, I am committed to helping PSA’s members grasp these opportunities and help build their professional careers while improving the health of all Australians.”
He also paid tribute to the Vice-Presidents, especially Dr Freeman in his first executive role.
“Dr Freeman is a rising star of the profession and I’m delighted to see him join the Executive of the PSA National Board,” he said.
“I greatly look forward to working with the National Board, PSA’s elected officials, executive team and members to ensure we all continue to collaborate to ensure a bright and sustainable future for our profession, and assist members deliver excellence in pharmacist care.”
The National President of the Pharmacy Guild, George Tambassis, said: “The Guild congratulates Joe Demarte on his re-election as National President of the PSA. We also extend our congratulations to Michelle Lynch on her re-election as Vice-President, and to Dr Chris Freeman, on his election as a PSA Vice-President. The Guild looks forward to continuing to work constructively with the PSA leadership in the interests of pharmacists and their patients”.
The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) congratulated the PSA team, with its CEO Deon Schoombie saying: “Joe Demarte has demonstrated strong leadership of the PSA during the last year and he is making an immensely valuable contribution to the pharmacy profession.”
Dr Freeman tweeted his appreciated at the appointment
— Chris Freeman FPS (@topherfreeman) June 22, 2016