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‘Angry bastard’ chosen as Pharmacist of the Year in 2019 PSA awards, as military pharmacy legend and rising PSA star also honoured

Regional NSW firebrand, and self-styled “angry bastard”, Peter Crothers is the 2019 PSA Pharmacist of the Year.

A long-time advocate for rural and regional pharmacy, regional health and indigenous health, Mr Crothers is a pharmacy owner in Bourke in outback NSW.

Peter Crothers

He described himself as a “grumpy, angry, persistent bastard” and advised his fellow pharmacists to “take sides and speak up.”

“We shouldn’t accept the trashing of our profession, the dumbing down of our skills,” he said. “Nor should we accept the remuneration system that allows this to happen.”  

Retired Colonel Bill Kelly was awarded a PSA Lifetime Achievement for his services to military pharmacy, PSA and to pharmacy regulation.

After a long career in military pharmacy, culminating in becoming Chief Pharmacist in the Army Medical Corps, Mr Kelly then spent a number of year with PSA in professional development and education roles. He also served on Australia’s first ever national pharmacy board

Reflecting on his diverse pharmacy career, Mr Kelly thanked the “government of the day” for running National Service, beginning his military career.

Bill Kelly

He said his very diverse, three-part career, was a case of taking opportunities when they were presented, and he advised younger pharmacists to do the same, and look for the wide range of opportunities offered in the profession. 

Dr Fei Sim, the PSA’s Western Australian president is the 2019 Young Pharmacist of the Year.

In accepting her award, Dr Sim spoke of her many influencers and mentors who have helped shape her career. She said not only was the award very meaningful to her, but it was also recognition that she was on the right path.

“I see it also as an acknowledgement of the great mentorships I have received from my mentors and the amazing team I work with every day, at Curtin University, Caring Pharmacy, PSA and the communities,” she said.

Fei Sim

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