Recognising excellence

Outstanding pharmacists honoured in state awards, including Pharmacy of the Year, ECP of the Year and Intern of the Year

The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s NSW and SA branches have announced their award winners for the past year.

NSW PSA Branch President Chelsea Felkai presented her branch’s awards at a ceremony held over the weekend.

New England pharmacist Anna Barwick was named NSW Pharmacist of the Year, for her work in the area of telehealth and improving communications between pharmacists and the general community.

“Anna’s pioneering work in this field has led to the formation of the PharmOnline, a 24/7 telehealth advisory service which provides opportunities for the community to access health and medicines advice,” said Ms Felkai.

“Her work and advocacy in this field has certainly improved opportunities for rural communities to access advice and treatment opportunities where they have traditionally proved very difficult.”

The NSW Early Career Pharmacists’ award went to Dr Sarah Dineen-Griffin.

Dr Dineen-Griffin is vice-president of the Federation of International Pharmacy (FIP) Next Generation Pharmacy committee and serves in various roles for the PSA.

“Sarah has led research into pharmacists providing non-urgent care, minor ailment services and self-care and is a leader in paving a bright future for early career pharmacists,” said Ms Felkai.

Illawarra hospital pharmacist, Bridgette Mackley, was named NSW Intern of the Year. Ms Mackley, who undertook her internship at Wollongong Hospital, is the NSW representative on PSA’s national Early Career Pharmacist (ECP) group.

Ms Felkai said Ms Mackley was a strong advocate for early career pharmacists and ensuring professional opportunities for clinical skills and education and training were made available.

South Australian pharmacists have also been recognised at the PSA’s SA/NT Branch (PSA) Annual Celebration of Excellence in Pharmacists Care ceremony.

The awards were presented by SA Health Minister, the Hon. Stephen Wade MLC.

Retired Adelaide pharmacist, David Cosh, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his ongoing contribution to pharmacy in SA, Australia and overseas over a 40-year career.

“David’s often pioneering work in this field has furthered pharmacy in SA, around Australia and the world, particularly in hospital pharmacy settings and educating future generations of pharmacists,” said South Australian PSA Branch President, Robyn Johns.

Dr Manya Angley, who has worked extensively as a community and hospital pharmacist, was recognised as Pharmacist of the Year.

“Apart from her practical and academic contributions to pharmacy, Manya has led many research projects and has a strong interest in supporting the patient along the continuum of care through medication management,” Ms John said.

“She has led state and national medication research projects into post-discharge medication management which have been implemented at Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”

Stacey Putland received the Early Career Pharmacist Award.

Ms Putland has spent time practising in rural SA and is a strong advocate for pharmacists and students over several years around improving regional, rural and remote access particularly in aged care.

“This includes advancing practice and developing new funding models as an embedded pharmacist in aged care and facilitating greater accountability for medication safety in several jurisdictions around SA,” Ms Johns said.

PSA presented a Gold Medal Award to Yik Xiian (Clarissa) Chai for her outstanding academic achievements, following her graduation from University of SA.

Ms Chai is now undertaking her intern pharmacy program in Wollongong, NSW.

The ACT award winners were announced in December 2020 at a separate awards function held in Canberra. The ACT winners included Intern Pharmacist of the Year Erin Cooper, ECP of the Year Mandy Wang and Pharmacist of the Year Brad Butt.

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