Pharmacy legend steps down

Well-known pharmacist Ken Bickle has retired from the NatRUM board

A former President of the Pharmacy Board of NSW and foundation President of the Australian Pharmacy Registering Authorities, Ken has been heavily involved in a range of other groups such as the PSA and Pharmacy Practice Foundation.

He was instrumental in the development and the implementation of the National Return and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Project (NatRUM) in 1990’s and has retained active involvement in the NatRUM project since 1998.

He managed the original Newcastle pilot which developed the basic protocols for the program and demonstrated its cost effectiveness. His determined negotiations in incorporating the rival OPAL program into NatRUM were fundamental in ensuring the successful development of the NatRUM project in those early years.

NatRUM Project Manager Toni Riley said “since 1998 Ken has been a Board member, deputy chair until 2011, and his uncanny ability to provide the new ideas, sound advice and financial oversight have ensured the Project’s successful growth, and will be greatly missed by all”.

The Board members and management of NatRUM will miss his wise counsel and wish him the very best in his retirement.


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