Long-standing pharmacist recognised

PSA National President Shane Jackson, and WA Pharmacist of the Year Dean Schulze
PSA National President Shane Jackson, and WA Pharmacist of the Year Dean Schulze

Former PDL chairman Dean Schulze says he’s “chuffed” to have been chosen as WA Pharmacist of the Year 2018

Currently the chairman of the PSWA branch, Dean Schulze has been recognised by his peers as WA Pharmacist of the Year, with the award presented by PSA National President Shane Jackson last week.

Mr Schulze, who has been a pharmacist since 1981 and a proprietor since 1985, served as chairman of Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) for six years and on the PDL Board for 11 years.

He also served as the director of the Australian Pharmaceutical Publishing Company (which publishes the AJP) from 2012 to 2014.

“I think everybody who gets an award like this says they’re humbled, but I am truly humbled,” Mr Schulze tells AJP.

“I figure I was given this award because of many years of service to the profession, in various organisations and associations.

“And you don’t do those jobs seeking any reward, I do it because I absolutely love the profession of pharmacy, and I’m perfectly happy to give back.

“Recognition like this is very humbling and very gratifying. So I’m really pleased, I’m chuffed to be honest with you.”

Mr Schulze graduated in 1980 from what’s now known as Curtin University, in Perth.

And the highlight of his 38-year career?

“Receiving WA pharmacist of the year last Friday, probably,” he says.

“But leading up to that, my six years chairing PDL, I loved every minute of that – it was exciting, and challenging and worked with some great people, including the wonderful people at APPco.”

Mr Schulze says the pharmacy profession is changing for the better.

“It’s starting to get a more clear division between two forms of community pharmacy. But in one of those forms of community pharmacy and certainly in hospital pharmacy, pharmacists are becoming far more clinical and far more involved in more than just the mechanics of dispensing – and that’s a wonderful thing to see. Long overdue.”

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  1. Gordon Smith

    Well done Dean thoroughly deserved.

  2. Karalyn Huxhagen

    well done. Commitment is never asy esp when you live on the other side of the country to where meetings and forums are held. excellent work to recognise such a giving person

  3. Phil Willis

    Yes a great achievement for Dean and well deserved. A committed professional who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our profession.

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