Chris Owen, Vice President of the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland branch, has been awarded the President’s Award
The award, presented on Monday night, went to Mr Owen for his outstanding commitment to community pharmacy.
The award has only been presented 20 times over the Guild’s 90-year history and is the highest honour that the Queensland Branch President can bestow.
It is designed to recognise outstanding achievements and exceptional individuals for their contribution to community pharmacy.
Branch President Trent Twomey said that he was honoured to present the award to Mr Owen, who has served on the Queensland Branch Committee for almost ten years and has made a notable contribution to the Pharmacy Guild through his work in education, advocacy and advancing the profession as a whole.
“Chris has been a community pharmacist for over 15 years,” Trent Twomey said.
“He has not only represented Queensland Guild members for many years but has supported Australian community pharmacies as National Councillor for more than three years.
“Chris was also recognised for his work in stabilising the Australasian College of Pharmacy, growing its member base and working toward its mission of educational excellence.
“Chris has implemented an industry-leading CPD guarantee for members, gained state-based funding contracts and admitted more Fellows to the College’s ranks.”
Mr Owen said that he was humbled by the award and restated his committed to supporting Guild members and the future of community pharmacy in Queensland for many years to come.
“I love our profession and I am passionate about seeing us move forward and exceed our patients’ expectations. Thank you,” he said.
“I pledge to keep advocating for the industry, we need to see all community pharmacists practising at their full scope to better serve patients.
“Practising at full scope will facilitate better patient outcomes, patients not going without necessary heath care, reducing avoidable hospital admissions, and increasing access to primary healthcare services across Queensland,” Mr Owen said.