Guild congratulates Dr John D’Arcy on Order of Australia award

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has congratulated Dr John D’Arcy O’Donnell on his Order of Australia award.

Dr John D’Arcy has a long and productive association with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, says the Guild.

Through his role as a prominent medical broadcaster, he has championed the notion of ‘shared care’ – collaboration among doctors, pharmacists and other allied health professionals, always in the interests of patients, it says.

Dr John produces a syndicated radio program called Health Check, heard on more than 70 metropolitan and regional stations around Australia.

The Pharmacy Guild has been a sponsor of this program for around ten years, and this relationship has produced a significant body of broadcast work promoting health literacy, preventive health, and quality use of medicines.

The program is around one minute of concise health information, with topics ranging across the medical spectrum from control of blood pressure and obesity, to melanomas and all the most up to date medical treatments.

Dr D’Arcy is a great believer in “Shared Care” between the pharmacist and the doctor in looking after people in the community and ensuring they are empowered to make the best decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.

The acting National president of the Pharmacy Guild, Tim Logan, says: “We are also aware that Dr John D’Arcy devotes considerable time to a number of board appointments and ambassadorships in the health sector.

“We certainly commend Dr John D’Arcy for his contribution to health literacy and to the understanding of the important role of community pharmacy in the health system,” Logan says.

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