The PSA has awarded the title of Pharmacist of the Year to Noel Fosbery.

Fosbery was recognised for his work with opioid therapy for drug addicts, and his having produced software that records more efficiently.

“I’m deeply honoured by this award,” Fosbery, pictured, said at PSA16 today.

“There are many other pharmacists that do incredible work in our profession and are equally qualified.

“I strongly believe that to survive, pharmacy has to stay relevant to everyone we serve.

“To do this we have to do more that provide delivery of medications. We have to continue to make significant contribution to improving and maintaining the health of our country.”

The Early Career Pharmacist of the Year Award went to Erin Nunan, recognised for her volunteering and work for the World Health Organization.

“It’s been the most rewarding of all jobs I’ve ever done,” Nunan said.

“It’s a big world out there and there’s a big place for pharmacists in it.”

The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Broken Hill pharmacist Con Peoples.

“It’s been a long journey as a pharmacist – 51 years – a long and challenging but enjoyable journey,” Peoples said.

“There are lots of opportunities in the country pharmacy area.

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“There are a lot of vacancies – and I need to be replaced soon, let’s face it – and I encourage young pharmacists to think about spending some time in the country in their careers because it’s a very rewarding area.”