Debbie Rigby honoured at SHPA conference

Debbie Rigby has been presented with the SHPA Australian Clinical Pharmacy Award 2016.

The announcement was made at Medicines Management 2016, the 42nd SHPA National Conference.

Rigby is a long-standing contributor to AJP and AusPharmlist, and was recently named the most influential woman in Australian pharmacy following an AJP poll.

”Debbie Rigby has been presented with the Award for her ongoing contribution to clinical pharmacy practice, the pharmacy profession and the well-being of Australians,” said SHPA president Professor Michael Dooley.

“Her contribution to the pharmacy profession has extended across all areas of pharmacy practice, including hospital pharmacy, aged care and primary care.

“Debbie is a consultant clinical pharmacist and has been a director on the NPS MedicineWise Board since 2008 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee,” he said.

“She has also had ministerial appointments to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council (ATGAC) and the Natural Therapies Advisory Review Committee (NTRAC).

“She has been a Clinical Governance Advisor to NEHTA and currently is a Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency and sits on the Practitioner Reference Group for the Veterans’ MATES program.

“Debbie’s academic appointments include Adjunct Senior Lecturer at University of Queensland and Visiting fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT),” said Prof Dooley.

“Debbie Rigby is an outstanding, accomplished clinical practitioner, educator and researcher who has received a number of national pharmacy awards. She was one of the first pharmacists in Australia to be recognised as an Advanced Practitioner at Level 3,” he said.   

“Colleagues and associates recognise Debbie Rigby as an amazing person to work with because she is generous with her time and shares her knowledge with many university programs across Australia and supports CPD/CPE activities within Australia and overseas.

”Debbie is recognised for her ongoing quest to bring her experience and knowledge to everything that she does and for never tiring in her quest to present and utilise the most recent best evidence.

“Debbie Rigby epitomises what it is to be a clinical practitioner focused on ensuring patients get the best possible outcomes,” said Professor Dooley. 


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  1. Nicholas Logan

    Well deserved for consistent dedication to best practice and health outcomes.

  2. russell HARDING

    Great effort, well deserved. Reward for consistent and high level advice to the profession.

  3. Kevin Hayward

    Well done, a marvelous role model

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