PSA is looking forward to the future in its new purpose-built Pharmacy House, opened by Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Senator Zed Seselja
During a ceremony attended by around 120 pharmacy sector members and supporters, Senator Seselja and PSA national president Shane Jackson unveiled a plaque to mark the launch of the building.
The ceremony was opened by Ngunnawal woman and elder Aunty Louise Brown, who explained the significance of the welcome to country and said PSA’s respect of these protocols “shows that you are recognising and respecting our traditional country and helping to build reconciliation”.
Dr Jackson said he was delighted to preside over the opening of the new office “because it is joining the past with the future”.
He said that as PSA has grown and changed, becoming the peak body for pharmacists in Australia and increasing its influence, it needed premises which facilitated its ability to champion the profession.
He said that metaphorically speaking, the PSA’s location on the top floor reflects its goal of “taking the profession to the next level”.
This includes supporting members of the profession to able to work to the full extent of the scope of their practice, rather than working under a framework which inhibits pharmacists from doing so.
Pharmacists need to be recognised and supported as the medicines experts, Dr Jackson said.
Dr Jackson thanked pharmacists and supporters who donated towards the building fund, which raised more than $300,000.
Donors included Pharmacy Defence Limited (PDL) and the NSW Fellows, who donated a number of historical artefacts, some of which date back over a century, which are on display at the new building.
The new Pharmacy House remains on the site of the old Pharmacy House in Deakin, which was built in 1984 and was also supported by member donations.
“Pharmacy House is more than just a building; it’s part of a drive into the future for all pharmacists, who are the most accessible healthcare professionals in Australia,” Dr Jackson said.
“This landmark building is owned by PSA members, for PSA members. We hope it will inspire all pharmacists to strive to be the best pharmacist they can be in their area of practice.”
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