One of AJP’s Rising Stars of Pharmacy elected to senior office
Jacqueline Meyer was last week announced as the new president of the Queensland branch of the PSA.
Still an early career pharmacist, Ms Meyer (formerly Jacqueline Kiel) was elected to succeed Bruce Elliot, who stepped down due to personal commitments.
Mr Elliot was a PSA national board director from 2009 to 2011 and has held numerous committee and leadership positions since beginning his PSA involvement in 2004.
He was 2009 PSA Young Pharmacist of the Year for his work in enhancing the delivery and access of continuing pharmacist education in rural and regional Queensland.
Ms Meyer was recently selected by AJP readers at number 9 in our list of the 10 Rising Stars of Pharmacy.
Since graduating from Monash University, Melbourne in 2009, Jacqueline worked in rural Victoria before relocating to central Queensland in 2012 and then Sunshine Coast in 2014.
She had been serving as vice president of the PSA QLD Branch, and is the managing partner of two LiveLife pharmacies on the Sunshine Coast.
AJP spoke to Jacqueline, as part of our roundup of the 10 Rising Stars:
AJP: Congratulations on the new role at PSA, and especially in achieving this position while still an ECP. What does this mean to you?
JM: I am very humbled by this new role and proud to be representing QLD pharmacists. It shows what a great profession we have and the significant opportunities that are available to Young pharmacists.
AJP: And also, congrats on being selected by our readers as a rising star of pharmacy!
JM: Thank you. It’s a pleasant surprise and a lovely gesture by your readers.
AJP: Can you describe some of the things you’ve done and achieved in your pharmacy career?
JM: As well as being a Managing Partner of two LiveLife Community Pharmacies on the Sunshine Coast, I’m also obviously in the PSA leadership role, as well as being Chair of the QLD Early Career Pharmacist Working Group and Queensland’s PSA national representative for Early Career Pharmacists.
I’ve also contributed to PSA Career Pathways, PSA Intern Workshops and a number of other PSA initiatives since being appointed to the Queensland branch in 2014. I set up a working group of 15 other Queensland ECPs to unite young pharmacists, provide a support network and to assist in their development.
In 2016, I was selected as the only pharmacist representative to the Ministerial Health Care Homes Advisory Committee.
AJP: What advice would you give to ECPs?
JM: I encourage all ECPs to engage with their profession. Pharmacy is at an exciting time and there are many more opportunities emerging now than ever before to further utilise our skills.
I’m passionate about the future direction of pharmacy and PSA.