Joe Demarte elected PSA national president

Victorian pharmacist Joe Demarte was announced today as the national president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia by the PSA’s National Board.

Demarte takes over from Grant Kardachi who has served the full term allowed under the PSA constitution. The board also elected Michelle Lynch from Victoria, and Jeff Hughes from Western Australia as vice-presidents.

Demarte is an immediate past national vice-president of PSA, chair of the PSA Finance Audit and Risk Management Committee, chair of the PSA 6CPA Working Group, and a member of the PSA Victorian branch committee.

He is also past president of PSA Victorian branch, a past PSA representative on the Victorian Pseudoephedrine Working Party and was the PSA representative on the National Working Group for Prevention of Diversion of Precursor Chemicals

Demarte says he is “greatly honoured” .

“The profession is entering a transitional phase and I am excited to be able to lead it at this very important time,” Demarte says.

“There are some very big challenges facing the profession, but also some great opportunities.

“I am committed to helping PSA’s members grasp these opportunities and help build their professional careers while improving the health of all Australians.

“It will not always be an easy road as we move forward but the strength of our profession, and the commitment of those within it, will lay the foundations for the future.”

Demarte acknowledged the contribution by Kardachi.

“Grant has helped shape the PSA for the future and has been instrumental in helping guide the profession to meet the evolving needs of today’s healthcare system,” he says.

“He has built the PSA into an organisation that is respected and is now widely recognised as the peak body for all pharmacists across the country.”

All PSA branch committees except the ACT and Tasmania have also finalised elections for office bearer positions. The ACT will hold its elections on 5 August and the Tasmanian election process is underway. The results to date are:

ACT current (New elections to be held on 5 August)
Branch presidentPatrick Reid
Vice-presidentBill Kelly
Vice-presidentElise Apolloni
Board representativeGreg Kyle
New South Wales
Branch presidentStephen Carter
Vice-presidentAnna Barwick
Vice-presidentJohn Chapman
Board representativeWarwick Plunkett, John Bronger
South Australia
Branch presidentSue Edwards
Vice-presidentRobyn Johns
Vice-presidentAndrew Sluggett
Board representativeGrant Kardachi
Tasmania (Election process underway)
Branch presidentRachel Dienaar
Vice-presidentAnne Todd
Vice-presidentElla van Tienen
Board representativeRachel Dienaar
Branch presidentBruce Elliot
Vice-presidentJacqueline Kiel
Vice-presidentChris Freeman
Board representativeChris Freeman




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