WA pharmacist Joseph Foster is the 2016 PSA MIMS Intern Pharmacist of the Year.
Foster, who completed his internship at Brooks Garden Chemmart Pharmacy in Albany, was awarded the prestigious honor at PSA16 in Sydney last weekend.
He triumphed over the other State and Territory finalists, including:
- ACT – Hayley Young
- NSW – Kerry Watts
- Queensland – Liam Mendiolea
- SA/NT – Nickolas Ikonomos
- Tasmania – Hannah Doody
- Victoria – Xavier Agostino.
According to the judging panel, Foster was rewarded for being a leader since the first days of his internship and always looking for ways to improve the processes and procedures in the pharmacy to allow staff to deliver better service to patients and the community.
His referees said he helped “streamline dispensary ordering processes, improving the way prescriptions were processed and enabling clearer communication between front of shop staff and pharmacists.”
PSA National President Joe Demarte said finalists were judged on their achievement in leadership in pharmacy, commitment to patient care and the safe use of medicines, initiative in pharmacy service delivery and peer and professional engagement.
“I sincerely congratulate Joseph on winning this significant Award which is a great recognition for young pharmacists displaying outstanding ability,” Mr Demarte said.
The $4,000 prize goes towards attending the 2016 International Pharmaceutical Society (FIP) conference in Buenos Aires.