Debra Rowett elected president of Australian Pharmacy Council


Debra Rowett

The Australian Pharmacy Council has elected South Australian pharmacist Debra Rowett its new president.

Rowett is the director, Drug and Therapeutics Information Service at the Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia.

Her areas of interest are in aged care, palliative care, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance. She also has a strong interest in health policy and workforce development.

“The APC plays an important role in pharmacy education, training and assessment standards,” says Rowett.

“I am humbled and honoured that my fellow councillors have put their faith in me to lead such an organisation.”

Outgoing president John Low congratulated Rowett on the appointment. “As president I have seen Debra’s collaborative and inclusive approach as chair of the Accreditation Committee and a member of Council,” says Low.

“I truly wish Debra all the very best at the helm of the APC and know she will do an outstanding job.”

At the same meeting Nick Shaw was elected as vice president, replacing Rowett. Prof Shaw is a pharmacy academic and the former Head of School of Pharmacy at the University of Queensland. He was the recipient of the 2013 PSA Bowl of Hygeia recipient.

APC CEO Bronwyn Clark said the APC team wishes to congratulate both Rowett and Prof Shaw on their appointments.

“The entire team looks forward to working with them to achieve the organisation’s goals,” says Clark.

“While we will miss working with John as president, we are glad that he will continue to serve on Council for the remainder of his term.”

Low will continue on the Council as a pharmacist member until the end of his term in May 2016. Rowett and Prof Shaw will serve for two years.

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