In the honours

A number of pharmacy and industry identities have been recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours

Among those receiving honours in this years awards are:

*Emeritus Professor Vivian Bruce Sunderland was awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “For significant service to education, particularly to pharmacy”.

Emeritus Professor at Curtin University, WA, since 2011, Professor Sunderland was head of the university’s School of Pharmacy between 1989-1996 and 1998-2002.

He has served Curtin University since 1976, as a lecturer, Associate Professor and as Professor of Pharmacy from 1997-2010.

Professor Sunderland has had 340 publications including theses, patents, book chapters, professional articles and papers in refereed journals.

He has served as an editorial board member for Australian Pharmacist, Australian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, and Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook.

A long-time servant of pharmacy professional organisations, Professor Sunderland was Chair of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Western Australia Branch, 1984-1988 and Secretary, 1982-1995. He was made a PSA Life Fellow in 2015.

He was also a former Vice-Chairman of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, WA Branch, where he has also been a committee member for 15 years.

Other acheivements:

  • Life Member, Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association, since 2012.
  • Fellow, Australian College of Pharmacy Practice, since 2000.
  • Member, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1970-2011.
  • WA Lifetime Achievement Award, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, 2019.
  • Eric Kirk Memorial Award, Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia, 2009.
  • Award for Excellence in Hospital Pharmacy, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, 1985.

*Damien John Smith, Chair of the Community Pharmacy Friendly Societies, and of Ego Pharmaceuticals, was made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “For significant service to business through a range of roles”.

Mr Smith is the current Chairman of the Community Pharmacy Friendly Society Ltd, having been an independent director of the organisation since 1996.

Among a wide variety of roles, Mr Smith has been Chairman of Ego since 2001. He has been an independent non-executive Director of Ego since 2000 and has been an advisor to the company since 1985.

As well as being a Principal of his firm – Principal, Damien J Smith Lawyers and Consultants, Mr Smith has served with the Australian Security Industry Association, Australasian Society of Association Executives, Institute of Public Accountants and the Australian Chamber of Manufactures/Victorian Chamber of Manufactures.

He has published the annual The Not for Profit Remuneration Report since 1998, and written The Not for Profit Board and Management Guide.

*Pharmacist Jocelyn Yvonne Watson was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division “For service to the community of Launceston”.

In her pharmacy career, Mrs Watson has been a: 

  • Life Member and Director, United Friendly Society Pharmacy, for nine years
  • Life Member, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (50 years of Service)
  • Inspector, Pharmacy Board of Tasmania, 1999-2005.
  • Fellow, Australian College of Pharmacy Practice (now called ACP), 1993.
  • Locum Pharmacist, various pharmacies, Launceston, 1966-2008.

Mrs Watson has also been a long-term member of the Royal Commonwealth Society, serving as Vice-President since 2012. 

She has been a church elder at East Launceston Uniting Church for over 20 years.

*Maxwell Arthur Page, a former WA pharmacy owner and lecturer was awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division “For service to the performing arts in Western Australia”.

In his pharmacy career, Mr Page was sole proprietor of South Hedland Pharmacy from 1983-2007. He was also a Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Curtin University (formerly WA Institute of Technology) for over 40 years.

In this role he introduced teaching of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics, and was a former Executive Officer of the Universities Human Research Ethics Committee.

The award was given for his role with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Western Australia, of which he was President in three terms: 2009-2017, 1990-1992 and 1982-1983, and Musical Director for a range of productions since 1979.


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  1. Anne Todd

    Congratulations to all – in particular to Jocelyn Watson, a stalwart of the Tasmanian pharmacy community and a mentor to many pharmacists of my era. Jocelyn ran “exam practice” sessions for intern pharmacists at her home for many years, tea biscuits and hard to read handwritten scripts.

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