Prominent pharmacy figure Rhonda White was announced last week as the recipient of the PSA’s most prestigious pharmacy award in Qld, the Bowl of Hygeia.
PSA’s Qld Queensland branch president, Bruce Elliot, presented the award at the PSA Queensland President’s Dinner and Awards Night 30 October at The Moreton Club in Brisbane.
According to Elliot, White is a “personal role model for thousands of young pharmacists across our country”.
White was also commended for widespread implementation and championing of innovative professional services in community pharmacy.
She says the Bowl of Hygeia is one of the greatest awards she has ever received.
Her nomination said White has “visionary skills in developing the systems and disciplines for her organisation have proven a critical ingredient in growing the franchise network to its current position and that her commitment to the education and development of staff members at all levels of pharmacy became the driving force throughout her organisation, of which she is a co-founder”.
The Bowl of Hygeia award recognises exceptional service to the profession. It is awarded to acknowledge a consistently high standard of professional practice in support of the principles of pharmacy service to the community. It can be awarded for excellence and innovation in practice development, services development, advocacy or education.
White is also well-known for her pioneering work both in an outside the profession.
For example, she is a trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust; a governor in council member of the Griffith University Council; a member of the National Gallery of Australia Council; and a member of the Federal Health Minister’s Advisory Council. White has been a director of a number of government and private companies, including Ergon Energy, Energex Retail and was foundation chair of the Queensland Cancer Fund Volunteers Committee.
In 2011 White was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame for recognition of exceptional entrepreneurship and innovation in national retailing, and significant contributions to the community. In the same year, White was awarded a Doctor of the University by Griffith University in recognition of her distinguished services to the pharmacy industry and to the University.