Most influential people in pharmacy: Chris Freeman

We speak to the next person in our 14 most influential people in pharmacy campaign, as voted by you

Chris Freeman 
National president, PSA 
Director – Centre for Optimising Pharmacy Practice-based Excellence in Research (COPPER), The University of Queensland 
Clinical senior lecturer, The University of Queensland 
Consultant practice pharmacist, Camp Hill Healthcare 

Leading the peak professional body for pharmacists in Australia, Associate Professor Chris Freeman describes his role as PSA’s national president as both a privilege and an opportunity. 

“It has given me the inspiration to get on with the job in delivering for our profession and the people which our pharmacists care for,” he says.

Shunning the limelight, he promotes his achievements as those of the PSA as a whole: “Our vision for the profession has been outlined by our Pharmacists in 2023 document and we were able to launch that at Parliament House in February this year. At the same time the Minister for Health Greg Hunt also revealed that PSA would be a co-signatory in the upcoming Seventh Community Pharmacy Agreement.

“For the next five years we’ve got a very clear vision of where the pharmacy profession needs to head,” says A/Prof Freeman.

“Fundamentally I see our role as one through changing the profession via leadership in action – and that means actually getting on and doing that job.”

He highlights the organisation’s Pharmacists in 2023 vision, its work around medicines safety and the Choosing Wisely recommendations, in the Royal Commission and the review around pharmacists prescribing, as well as its role in expanding pharmacist vaccinations and collaboration with other organisations such as the SHPA.

(L-R) PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman and Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP.
(L-R) PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman and Federal Health Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP.

“That’s come to a head with the launch of our Roles and Remuneration Report launched at our conference this year. It’s a reflection that one of our important qualities of leadership is through action and I think we’ve been able to do that.”

A/Prof Freeman says it’s all about community pharmacists being able to take their rightful role in primary care.

“I think we are headed in the right direction and we’ve got take advantage of the opportunities we’ve got at the moment,” he says.

“PSA has a very clear where the profession needs to go and we’ll be working with stakeholders to see that happen.”

See the full list of the 14 most influential people in pharmacy here

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