Four of the best

Gilbert Yeates receives the Gold Medal - lifetime award 2020
Gilbert Yeates receives the Gold Medal - lifetime award 2020

Bridget Totterman has been named Queensland’s Pharmacist of the Year, while Gilbert Yeates has been recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award

The PSA has recognised some top pharmacists and their contribution to the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders.

Bridget Totterman was awarded Queensland Pharmacist of the Year for outstanding leadership and change management.

Ms Totterman is the Chief Operating Officer of the White Retail – White Medical Group, Clinical Fellow of the Queensland University of Technology, pharmacy owner and member of PSA’s Queensland Branch Committee.

She leads and manages seven pharmacies and eight medical practices, alongside being the business owner of an additional four pharmacies

“Bridget demonstrates exceptional leadership, business acumen and change management within her career,” said Shane MacDonald, PSA Queensland branch president.

“PSA commends Bridget for building front-line health care teams in primary care, across both pharmacy and general practice and for her contribution to the profession across in immunisation, palliative care initiatives, the urinary tract infection pilot and now supporting COVID vaccination.”

Bridgett Totterman, QLD Pharmacist of The Year 2020
Bridgett Totterman, QLD Pharmacist of The Year 2020

Meanwhile Gilbert Yeates, deputy chair Queensland of Pharmaceutical Defence Limited, was awarded for his lifetime achievements in the profession.

Mr Yeates has been an active member of the PSA for more than 45 years, and was State Councillor from 2007-2014. He has been recognised for his significant and ongoing contribution to the profession over many years and across all walks of practice, from community, hospital, academia, professional development, policy, advocacy and professional indemnity.    

“Gilbert is well respected by his patients and peers for his confidential and expert advice on professional responsibilities,” said Shane MacDonald.

“He engages with those at all levels of the profession, and generously provides counsel to many pharmacists in official and informal capacities.

“His ongoing contribution to community and hospital pharmacy, academia, professional development, policy, advocacy, and professional indemnity is outstanding.

“There has not been an issue relating to the practice of pharmacy in recent history that Gilbert has not been involved with and significantly contributed to, from pharmacist immunisation though to medication management, prescribing and practitioner development.

“The profession has a lot to be thankful for.”

Hannah Knowles was named Early Career Pharmacist of the Year, for her contribution towards the transitions of care and action for change. 

Ms Knowles’ work and advocacy saw the PSA secure an election promise from the Palaszczuk government to look at best practice transitions of care across all 16 Hospital and Health Services.

Joshua Clements was named James Dare PSA Graduate of the Year for his academic excellence and contribution to his pharmacy community.

Mr Clements was awarded the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Distinction from Griffith University in December 2020. He earned the Griffith University Awards for Academic Excellence for every year of his enrolment, from 2017 to 2020.

PSA has also recognised the contribution of pharmacists who have been elevated to the honour of PSA Fellowship. This year both Joyce McSwan and Beverly Glass were conferred as PSA Fellows.

“These awards highlight the incredible talent that we have across the depth and breadth the of pharmacy profession in Queensland,” Mr MacDonald said.

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