The PSA Board has appointed Dr Chris Freeman as national president following the decision by Dr Shane Jackson to stand down from the presidency
Dr Shane Jackson, who has been president since 1 July 2017, stepped down from the position on Wednesday citing his intention to “focus on immediate family challenges that have recently emerged”.
Dr Jackson will remain on the PSA Board as vice president and chair of its policy and advocacy committee. He said that leading the PSA has been “a great pleasure and honour, however for the immediate future I need to spend a little less time on planes and more time at home in Tasmania”.
“I thank all PSA members and staff for their support and commitment to the profession. I look forward to leading PSA’s approach to the 7th Community Pharmacy Agreement negotiations, alongside our Pharmacists in 2023 strategy in the year ahead,” Dr Jackson added.
Dr Chris Freeman, who holds a PhD in pharmacy practice and has served as PSA national vice president since July 2016, will be taking over the reigns of PSA presidency effective immediately.
“It is a privilege to lead the PSA at a time when pharmacists are increasingly recognised as medicines experts and custodians of the Quality Use of Medicines agenda,” Dr Freeman said.
He paid tribute to the “energy and enthusiasm that Shane brought to the role of national president” and confirmed that “the PSA will double-down on its efforts to increase the roles, recognition and remuneration of pharmacists across Australia.”
“Shane and I are cut from the same cloth. We both want to see pharmacists practising to full scope and this ambition will continue to drive the PSA forward,” Dr Freeman said.
“The PSA Board, branch committees and management team are resolute in our determination to unlock opportunities for pharmacists to realise their full potential,” he said.
“Our advocacy and policy work will intensify next year as we focus on CPA negotiations and extending political support for the recommendations contained in our Pharmacists in 2023 Action Plan.”
AJP recently interviewed Dr Freeman as one of pharmacy’s leading Agenda Setters as voted by readers. See the full interview here
And see our interview with Dr Jackson here