Recognised by the nation

award winner

Community and hospital pharmacists honoured for their contributions to the nation

Geoff Pritchard, head of the Sydney Olympics pharmacy, was among the cast of community and hospital pharmacists who gained Australia Day honours this year. They were the following:

Member (AM) in the general division of the Order of Australia:

Emil Dan: “For significant service to community health, to people with asthma and respiratory
disease, and to pharmacy”.

Mr Dan was a pharmacist and owner of Dan Medicare Pharmacy, Revesby, NSW, for 18 years, and a registered pharmacist, for 57 years.

Currently he is Pharmacist Consultant- Wales Medical Centre, Randwick, as well as mentoring and volunteer at the University of Sydney, Smoking Cessation in Pharmacy Services.

He also works as a volunteer researcher in smoking cessation services in pharmacy at the Woolcock Institute of Respiratory Medicine

Mr Dan was CEO of the Australian Asthma and Respiratory Educators Association (formerly Asthma Educators Association of NSW) from 2006-2009, and has worked as a consultant in this space since 2005.

A life member of the PSA, and of the Asthma and Respiratory Educators Association (now under TSANZ), Mr Dan is also an honorary Life Member, Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ).

He has also played an important community role with the St George Antiochian Cathedral: as Chair of its History and Heritage committee and curator and historian, and President, St George Cathedral Parish Association, 2000-2008.

Dr Ross Holland: “For significant service to pharmacy practice, to medical education, and to professional organisations”.

Dr Holland was Dean of Academic Studies at the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice from 1992-2001.

An active member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, ACT branch for 50 years (1950-2001), Dr Holland is a PSA Life Fellow, a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy, of the SHPA, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. and the International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Winner of the Ishidate Award from the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations, 1998, he authored key papers on the transition of pharmacy practice.

Jim Siderov: “For significant service to oncology pharmacy as a clinician, and to professional

Recognised as an Advanced Practice Pharmacist by the Australian Pharmacy Council in 2015, Mr Siderov has been Chair of the Standards Committee of the International Society of Oncology Pharmacy Practitioners since 2012.

A founder of the Victorian Oncology Pharmacy Special Interest Group, he has been senior pharmacist, Cancer Services, at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital since the 1980s, and certified by the Board of Pharmacy Specialties for 20 years.

Mr Siderov has been Austin Health’s Senior Cancer Services Pharmacist since 1989, and was chair of the Cancer Pharmacists Group, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) in 2010-2011.

He has authored or co-authored over 65 professional publications, and is a current member of the SHPA Specialty Practice in Oncology committee.


Geoffrey Pritchard: “For service to the pharmacy profession”.

Geoff Pritchard was best known as director of Pharmacy Services at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Serving as Games Director, Pharmacy Services from 1998-2000, Mr Pritchard produced the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Drug Guide distributed to doctors from 199 competing nations.

A long serving (2002-2013) board member of the Pharmacy Council of New South Wales. Mr Pritchard was a former chair of the Council’s Communications Committee, and member of its Administration and Grants Committee.

He also served as NSW PSA Liaison Officer from 1985-2003, and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for ‘Seventeen years of outstanding service to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and its Members’ in 2003.

Leonard Levy: “For service to the pharmacy profession”.

A committee member of the Victorian branches of both the Guild and PSA, Mr Levy has had a long and distinguished career in pharmacy.

He was a Victorian PSA councillor from 1990-1999, serving a chair of its Continuing Pharmacy Education Committee, Victorian Pharmacy Self-Care Committee, Legislation, Ethics and Membership Committee and Methadone Committee for Pharmacists.

He played a key role in the harm minimisation sphere, speaking at International Conference on the Reduction of Drug-Related Harm in 1992 and 1996, serving as a member of the organising committee for the National Methadone Conference, 1996, and leading a number of drugs policy and harm minimisation committees.

Mr Levy was also a Victorian Branch, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, committee member for 10 years, winning a branch Distinguished Service Award.

Mr Levy also served as President and Vice President of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation on a number of occasions in the 1990s and 2000s, along with a number of other community roles, particularly serving as Councillor for the City of St Kilda from 1984 to 1987.

Bakhos Georges: “For service to the Lebanese community”.

Retail Pharmaceutical Business Manager at Georges Pharmacy, in Campsie in south-west Sydney, Mr Georges has held a number of roles of service to the local Lebanese community.

These include: 

  • President, Maronite Catholic Society of Australia, since 2016.
  • Member, since 1985.
  • Board Member, MaroniteCare, 2016-2017.
  • Consulting Committee, Canterbury City Council, 2000-2002.
  • Vice President to President, Campsie Chamber of Commerce, 2000-2010.
  • Board Director, St Charbel’s Aged Care Centre, current.

Robert Kalaf: “For service to the community of Cooranbong”.

A pharmacist at Cooranbong Pharmacy and Compounding, in the NSW town of Cooranbong (in the Lake Macquarie area) for more than 25 years, Mr Kalaf has served his local community in a “range of roles” including:

  • President, Cooranbong Chamber of Commerce, 1990-2006.
  • Member, Sewerage Development Committee.
  • Member, Tidy Towns Committee;
  • Project Manager, Director and Supporter, Eyes for India. (a charitable organisation that
    in 10 years has restored the sight of 6,000 blind people in India).
  • Parishioner, Avondale Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  • Past Volunteer Coach, Swimming Squad, Avondale School, for 11 years

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