Leading pharmacist John Bell AM has been honoured with Diabetes NSW and ACT’s most prestigious honour
Each year, Diabetes NSW & ACT recognises a person who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of diabetes through the Sir Kempson Maddox Award.
The award honours Sir John Kempson Maddox, a leading cardiologist, with an interest in diabetes, who pioneered diabetes self-management and was founder of the Diabetes Association of Australia, which has gone on to become Diabetes NSW & ACT.
John Bell, a leading pharmacist, broadcaster and advocate for prevention and treatment strategies for people living with diabetes was given the award in recognition of his dedication and passion for his industry and the diabetes community.
Mr Bell has had a distinguished career as a pharmacist, teacher and educational author. He was National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia for over 10 years and represented pharmacy on a number of Australian Government Committees.
He also played an active role in international pharmacy for more than 30 years holding the roles of Vice President and President of the Federation Internationale Pharmaceutique and Secretary of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association at various times.
For over 30 years, he presented a weekly radio talk-back program the “Friendly Pharmacist and to this day is a regular contributor to radio, TV print and current affairs programs. He also served on the Board of Diabetes NSW & ACT from 2001 – 2018.
In presenting the award, Sturt Eastwood, CEO Diabetes NSW and ACT noted that throughout his career, Mr Bell had has shown an outstanding commitment to the pharmaceutical profession and to the health and wellbeing of the community.
“His work as an educator, advisor to local and international government and industry, and helping the man in the street better understand health issues through his radio program, have and will continue to make a significant difference to the lives of many thousands of people.
“It has been a pleasure to work closely beside John on the Board of Diabetes NSW & ACT and he is definitely a worthy recipient of the 2019 Sir Kempson Maddox Award,” he said.
The PSA congratulated its former National President and Life Fellow.
PSA NSW Branch President Professor Peter Carroll said the award was further recognition of Mr Bell’s extensive contribution not only to the pharmacy profession but the broader healthcare system.
“Since establishing the community pharmacy John Bell Pharmacist Advice in Woollahra in 1969, John has been working to not only improve the health of his local community, but also advocating for better national and international approaches to healthcare,” Professor Carroll said.
“As a former Board member of Diabetes NSW, John has spent many years working to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and treatment strategies.
“He has been a strong advocate for community pharmacists to take a greater role in diabetes management.”
Mr Bell said that although diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition worldwide, it can be effectively managed with a combination of lifestyle modification and appropriate pharmacological therapy.
“With more than 300 people diagnosed with diabetes in Australia every day, pharmacists have a critically important role to play in increasing awareness, identifying symptoms and assisting with strategies to reduce the risk of complications,” he said.
“PSA congratulates John on receiving the Sir Kempson Maddox Award and his ongoing commitment to diabetes management, the pharmacy profession and improving patient health outcomes,” Professor Carroll said.