Helping the profession

The NSW/ACT branch of PDL is seeking a pharmacist interested in joining its Local Advisory Committee 

Pharmaceutical Defence Limited (PDL) Local Advisory Committees are established throughout Australia to help meet the needs of all pharmacists who may be involved in an incident requiring assistance covered under their Professional Indemnity insurance (PI) Policy, or any other matter relating to their role as a pharmacist.


The Local Advisory Committee has two critical roles:

  1. To provide confidential guidance, support and direction in relation to matters pertaining to a pharmacist’s role under the relevant Pharmacy Act in NSW and the ACT that is covered under their PDL PI Policy.
  2. To advocate to the national PDL Board on any matters deemed necessary.

The Local Advisory Committee is appointed by the PDL board in an advisory capacity to members of PDL. It has no executive authority.

The Local Advisory Committee (LAC):

  • Provides a central focus for all PDL member pharmacists in each jurisdiction
  • Provides, strategic care and guidance for all PDL members
  • Brings to the attention of the PDL Professional Officers and/or board any matter that it regards as relevant to the enhancement of pharmacy, such as risk management, pharmacist support services, use of technology, packaging and labelling, warnings to members and any other matter it sees fit.
  • Members of the LAC are expected to keep current with all Pharmacy issues, especially related to errors and error reduction.
  • It is expected all LAC members will have a good understanding of local and national legal requirements and be prepared to represent PDL at events, conduct presentations and assist members.
  • Note: this is a part-time Committee role, consisting of at least four meetings per year.
  • Membership of the LAC attracts a small honorarium.
  • The Local Advisory Committee aims to represent the broad demographic of pharmacy in relation to gender, experience and pharmacy setting. With a wealth of experience currently on the NSW/ACT Local Advisory Committee, this opportunity could be well suited to an enthusiastic Early Career Pharmacist interested in improving medication safety for the profession.

For more information or to ask any questions please email the NSW LAC Director, Curtis Ruhnau via email or phone 0410 491 292.

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