Leading the way

Gary West (L), with Chris Campbell

PDL professional officer among those recognised by peers with state pharmacy awards

Leading Queensland pharmacist, and PDL professional officer, Gary West was among those honored with awards by the Queensland PSA at an event last weekend.

Mr West, of Mermaid Waters, was given a Lifetime Achievement Gold Medal for his services to pharmacy and the community.

Surfers Paradise pharmacist, Vivien Hsu, was the 2019 winner of the Bowl of Hygeia Pharmacist of the Year, while other winners were Nicolette Ellis (Early Career Pharmacist of the Year) and Emma Dall’Alba, (James Dare Graduate of the Year). 

PSA Queensland President, Chris Campbell, said: “Gary West has always been a leader in education and mentoring, including through his roles as a Professional Officer with Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL). His drive to give back and develop future pharmacists is a testament to his ongoing commitment to the profession.”

“Viv Hsu’s role as a credentialled diabetes educator pharmacist on the Gold Coast exemplifies the important role that a pharmacist plays as part of a multi-disciplinary team in patient care.”

“Nicolette Ellis’ online presence and engagement as the ‘Rainbow Pharmacist’ shines a light on the roles of pharmacists across multiple practice settings and clearly demonstrates the importance of embedding pharmacists wherever medicines are.”

“Emma Dall’Alba is a role model for her peers through her leadership as the JCUPSA president and as an ambassador for the profession and James Cook University”.

Speaking on behalf of PDL, owners of AJP, chairman Paul Naismith also offered congratulations to Gary West:

“PDL is delighted and very proud to see Gary recognised in this way. We have always been aware of how lucky we are to have him looking after our members, and his dedication and commitment to improving pharmacy safety has been a driving force for us,” he said.

“Gary is a very humble man, who just rolls his sleeves up and gets on with the job, and I’m sure he will be asking what all the fuss is about. He even reported back to us that our merchandising was a big hit at the conference on the weekend, but omitted to mention he was honoured in this way!”


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