Pharmacists recognised

Faye McMillan, Australia’s first registered indigenous pharmacist heads a small pharmacy contingent in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Associate Professor Faye McMillan was awarded the Medal (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “significant service to Indigenous mental health, and to tertiary education”.

A/Prof McMillan, a Wiradjuri woman, was Australia’s first Indigenous registered pharmacist. She is currently Associate Professor in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at the University of NSW.

She is also Director of the Djirruwang Program at Charles Sturt University, where she has been Associate Professor in Indigenous Health/Mental Health since 2017. Prof McMilland was a lecturer in Rural Pharmacy at the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences from 2003-2004.

Currently a Board member of the Australian Pharmacy Council (since 2019), Prof McMillan is also a member if its Expert Advisory Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy. 

Among her other positions and acheivements are:

  • Indigenous Allied Health Australia – Chairperson, 2010-2016, Foundation Board Member, 2009-2017.
  • Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network – Board Member, 2018-2020.
  • Inaugural Atlantic Fellow, Social Equity (AFSE), The University of Melbourne, since 2017
  • Member, Ability Links Aboriginal Advisory Group, since 2015.
  • Member, Close the Gap Steering Committee, since 2013.
  • National Committee Member, Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP), 2013-2016.
  • Member, Trangie Local Land Council, since 2007.
  • New South Wales Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award, 2019.
  • Wagga Wagga Senior Female Academic of the Year, Charles Sturt University, 2003.

Other pharmacists to gain honours were:

*South Australian pharmacist Donald Burge, awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division “for service to the community through a range of roles”.

The owner of Burge Pharmacy in Edwardstown, SA, until 2006 and a supporter of the South Australian Medical Heritage Society, Mr Burge has a long history of involvement with the local Lions Club.

Mr Burge was also a Lions Club District Governor during the 1980s and was made a Life Member in 2019.

*Brenley Milsom, a registered pharmacist since 1995 and a Visiting Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Griffith University from 2008-2010 was also awarded the OAM for “service to the community of the Gold Coast”.

Mr Milsom has had a lengthy involvement with the Rotary Club of Burleigh Heads and Burleigh Heads Catholic Parish.

In the health sphere, Mr Milsom was a Founder and Director of Advantage Medical Products Consulting, (since 2000), Technical Director of the Complimentary Health Care Council of Australia in 1999-2000, and 
Secretary of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee for the Therapeutic Goods Administration from 



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1 Comment

  1. Anthony Zirilli

    Hi Chris, thanks for the article, but let’s try and get the names right, considering they have received some of the highest accolades that can be presented to the public.
    Please change Brenley WILSON to Brenley MILSOM – it is the least you can do.
    Congratulations to all three receipients.

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