Rachel Dienaar is the new president of the Tasmanian branch of the PSA replacing Dr Shane Jackson who has resigned from the branch committee and the position of president.
Dienaar was awarded the PSA Tasmanian Branch Pharmacist of the Year Award in 2013, is a credentialed diabetes educator and a previous Tasmanian branch director and professional development manager.
Currently she is the NITP senior clinical tutor in Tasmania and works for PSA Practice Support, currently involved in the Health Destination Pharmacy Program.
President Grant Kardachi says Dienaar brings a great depth of experience to the role of president.
“I look forward to working with Rachel and her executive to build on the great work undertaken by the Tasmanian branch and to further the opportunities PSA can offer our members in that state,” he says.
“I would like to thank Dr Jackson who, in addition to being branch president for six years, has served on the Tasmanian branch committee for more than 15 years.
“Under his guidance, the Tasmanian branch now has record member numbers who have been offered an unprecedented range of CPD events, services and advice to help build and further their careers.
“He leaves the PSA Branch in a strong position to serve its members and his targeted advocacy strategies have helped to develop collaborative relationships with other organisations and government.
“These relationships offer new areas of professional scope for pharmacists.
“He has been particularly active in the Advanced Practice Framework being developed for pharmacists and in the evolution of pharmacists’ role in immunisation.”
Dr Jackson will remain on a number of PSA working committees until their work has been completed.