Honours including the prestigious PSA Gold Medal go to well-known pharmacists
Leading Queensland pharmacists have been honoured at the annual PSA QLD Branch President’s Reception and Awards Evening, which was held in Brisbane on Friday 3 November.
PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson started the evening with an update on PSA’s work to support pharmacists across Australia. Dr Jackson also acknowledged the achievements of outgoing Queensland Branch President Bruce Elliot and introduced Jacqueline Meyer as the new President.
Ms Meyer presented the prestigious Gold Medal, awarded for outstanding contribution and exceptional service to the pharmacy profession and PSA, to two recipients: Debbie Rigby FPS and Professor Lisa Nissen FPS.
“I am very proud and honoured to have been awarded the PSA Gold Medal in recognition of my long-term roles with PSA,” Ms Rigby told AJP.
“It was especially thrilling to receive the award at the same time as Lisa Nissen. Her courage, wisdom and commitment to the pharmacy profession and wider health community deserves this recognition.
“My involvement with PSA began just prior to the introduction of RMMRs and HMRs, providing me with many opportunities to contribute to the success of these valuable profession services. To be the first woman PSA National Vice-President was a privilege that remains a highlight of my career.”
Peter Mayne presented the Special Commendation Award to Sally Mellick.
James Buckley from James Cook University was presented with the Pharmacy Student of the Year Award.
Emma Conway from the Queensland University of Technology and James Buckley were dual winners of the Prof James Dare Graduate of the Year Award.
Mr Buckley told AJP it was an “unexpected surprise” to be recognised by the PSA.
“My aim is purely to advocate to better the pharmacy profession as it is what we are moving into as a career,” he said.
“It is our future and as pharmacy students it’s imperative that we have a say.”
Mr Buckley has just completed his fourth year of study and is looking forward to beginning an internship next month with newly named PSA QLD president Ms Meyers at LiveLife Pharmacy in Cooroy.
He says he’s “nervous but excited. And inspired to make a difference to their workplace”.
New PSA Life Members Ian Bennett, Nick Gearing, Tony Lee, Michael Smith, David Stinson and Rhonda White AO were presented with certificates.
Outgoing committee members Dr Nerida Smith, Prof Lisa Nissen FPS and Melissa Cronin were acknowledged, along with staff member Jan Castrisos, who recently retired after 16 years of service to PSA.