The PDL Boardroom at the new PSA Pharmacy House in Canberra has been officially opened

PDL Chair Paul Naismith and PSA national president Dr Shane Jackson officially opened the Boardroom at the new premises today.

PSA House had been officially opened in March by Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation Senator Zed Seselja.

PDL CEO David Brown told the AJP that “PDL has a long history of returning most of its operating surplus back to the pharmacy profession to help shape pharmacy into the future”.

“PDL proudly sponsored the PDL Boardroom and PDL artefacts display at Pharmacy House, an excellent setting from which the PSA will continue to pursue its vision of improving Australia’s health through excellence in pharmacist care,” Mr Brown said.

In formally opening the Boardroom, Mr Naismith said that, “The team at PDL are very similar to PSA in many ways – we’re a membership organisation, we provide services and support to a membership that’s very broad, just like PSA.

“Our role is to support our members in times of need with the indemnity cover we provide.

“But we see our role as much more than that, and one of our roles is to produce a surplus.

L-R: Gilbert Yeates, Celia Sansom, Kirstie Galbraith, Joe O’Malley, Shane Jackson, Paul Naismith, David Brown and Curtis Ruhnau.

L-R: Gilbert Yeates, Celia Sansom, Kirstie Galbraith, Joe O’Malley, Shane Jackson, Paul Naismith, David Brown and Curtis Ruhnau.

“The reason we like to produce a surplus is so that we can support organisations like PSA, and in particular today to support the PDL Boardroom, which will allow PSA the space for their wisdom to come together and make the pharmacy profession better.”

Mr Naismith said the PSA and PDL both wanted “a very strong pharmacy profession – why do we want that?

“We want the public of Australia, the patients of Australia, to have good care from their pharmacists, and we know the PSA are key in that, and key in making sure that the role of pharmacists is getting better and better.”

Shane Jackson thanked PDL for its support – not only financial but also in terms of mentoring – and agreed that the two were like-minded organisations, with a long history of friendship.

“This building shows that PSA’s stepping up to the plate, to be frank, making sure that we are supporting the profession to be able to do what they want to do, making sure the profession’s equipped to be able to do that and also just empowering pharmacists to practice the way that they want to practice,” he said.

 

A blast from the past

As well as sponsoring the PSA House meeting space, PDL also sponsored a display of historic artefacts in the building’s reception area.

PDL’s artefact collection is the largest historical pharmacy artefact collection in the Asia Pacific region.

PDL CEO David Brown shows off the display of historic artefacts sponsored by PDL at PSA Pharmacy House in Canberra.

PDL CEO David Brown shows off the display of historic artefacts sponsored by PDL at PSA Pharmacy House in Canberra.

PDL preserves historical pharmacy artefacts of a unique nature so they remain within the profession in Australia and do not disappear into the obscurity of private collections.

Many pieces of the collection are on display in various locations Australia-wide, including not only PSA Pharmacy House at 17 Denison Street Deakin, but also a number of locations for public viewing:

The Victorian College of Pharmacy, Monash University, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC

PSA Victorian Branch, 381 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC

PDL Office, Ground Floor, 40 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC

The University of South Australia, School of Pharmacy, Adelaide SA

The University of Western Australia, Perth WA

PGA Tasmanian Branch, 2nd Floor, 38 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point TAS

PSA Tasmanian Branch, 161 Campbell Street, Hobart TAS

School of Pharmacy, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay TAS

School of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW

Pharmacy Guild, National Office, Canberra ACT

Curtin University Pharmacy School, Brand Drive Perth WA

Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongaba, Brisbane QLD

The collection continues to be curated and eventually these important items will be on public display in every state and territory of Australia for all to enjoy, PDL says.

Please contact PDL on 1300 854 838 or email info@pdl.org.au if you have any questions for the curator regarding the collection or would like any more information.