Recognising the profession

A range of pharmacy identities honoured

While former Guild national president Kos Sclavos was the most high-profile honouree in this year’s Queens Birthday honours list, he was by no means the only pharmacist or industry identity to be recognised.

Victorian pharmacist Graham Slade was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to the community as a supporter of aged care, medical and multicultural associations, and to the pharmacy profession”.

The owner of Slade Pharmacy Services (VIC, NSW and QLD), since 1965 and a PSA member since 1962, Mr Slade also has a large number of other community and business achievements and honours against his name.

These include: Board Member, Jewish Care Victoria, 2001-2002; Member, Values Committee 2002-2006; President, Montefiore Homes (now Jewish Care Victoria), 1993-1995; Board Member, 1987- 2002; Life Governor, since 2002; Benefactor, Epworth Medical Foundation, since 1990. 

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia congratulated the long-time Guild member on his recognition.

“Congratulations to Graham Slade on a well-deserved recognition of an outstanding contribution to pharmacy and health care in Australia,” said Guild National President George Tambassis.

Given the Medal of the Order of Australia (General Division) or OAM was Harry Fredrick Jones of Chirnside Park, Vic, for “service to people with a disability, and to the pharmacy profession”.

A PSA member since 1955, and life member since 2005, Mr Jones’s service also includes: Life Governor, Melba Support Services, since 1984; President, 1971-1984; Member, Board of Directors, 1979-1981; Treasurer, 1981-1984; Life Member, Apex Club of Lilydale, since 1977; President, 1966-1967; Treasurer, 1974-1975.

PSA National President Joe Demarte said these distinguished pharmacists, who have enjoyed long careers serving local communities and providing healthcare, were highly deserving of their honours.

“I congratulate these high-achieving pharmacists for their outstanding achievements and commitment to excellence,” Mr Demarte said.

“On behalf of PSA, I thank all of these pharmacists for their impressive dedication and service to their local communities across Australia.  They are well deserving of their recognition and Awards.”

Mr Demarte also paid tribute to Queensland pharmacist Kos Sclavos, who received an AM in the General Division, for his or significant service to the pharmacy profession through a range of retail, advisory and executive roles.

“Kos is a well-known figure among Australia’s pharmacy community and I applaud his long-standing achievements and service to the profession to receive this special honour,” Mr Demarte said.

“Across many aspects of pharmacy, Kos has been an innovator with an ability to visualise the future, understand the changes required to deliver success and then work tirelessly to bring it to fruition,” Mr Tambassis said about the former Guild National President.

A couple of personalities from the broader industry were also honoured, with former TGA senior manager Terence Slater awarded the AM for “significant service to public administration through pharmaceutical and food regulatory agencies, and to community health”. 

Mr Slater was National Manager, Therapeutic Goods Administration Group of Regulators (TGA) from 1996 to 2005, as well as interim Chair, National Food Authority (now known as Food Standards Australia and New Zealand), 1994-1996.

He has been chair of Therapeutic Innovation Australia Ltd (TIA) since 2007.

Judith Ellen Smith was awarded the AM for “significant service to community health through pharmacy regulation and health practitioner roles, to nursing, and to aged persons”.

She has served on a number ofregulatory bodies including the Pharmacy Regulation Authority South Australia, since 2010.

Awarded the Public Service Medal for “outstanding public service in the area of public health”, Adriana Platona played a key role in the PBS listing of expensive hepatitis C medicines in 2016.

“The success of the PBS listing relied on her intellectual rigour and highly skilful navigation of a range of complex issues around the listing. She applied her expertise, experience and understanding of the pharmaceutical industry to these negotiations to ensure maximum value to the Australian Government and patients,” her citation said.

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