Royal recognition

Leading pharmacists recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Leading Australian pharmacy academic Professor Andrew McLachlan and well-known hospital pharmacist Lorraine Koller have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Professor McLachlan was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “significant service to pharmacy as a researcher, educator and administrator, and to professional medical and scientific organisations“.

Recently appointed as the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, Professor McLachlan has been Professor of Pharmacy (Aged Care) at the faculty since 2006.

The 2006 Pharmacist of the Year, Professor McLachlan’s other appointments and achievements include: 
* Expert Member, Medication Reference Group, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2010-2017.
* Chair, National Medicines Policy Committee, 2009-2013.
* Member, National Medicines Policy Executive, 2009-2013.
* Past Chair, Pharmaceutical Subcommittee, Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines.
* Member, Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council, 2013-2015.
* Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association President, 2009-2012.
* Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority member, 1999-2006.
* Chair, Australian Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel, since 2006.
* Sydney Local Health District and Concord Repatriation General Hospital past chair, Human Research Ethics Committee and Drug and Therapeutics Committee.
* Editorial Board Member, Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, since 2004.
* Associate Editor, Journal of Pharmacy and Practice Research, since 2007.
* Recipient, APSA Medal, Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association, 2013.

Lorraine Koller, Deputy Director of Pharmacy at Sydney’s Westmead Hospital since 2004 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) “for service to the pharmacy profession“.

As well as her role at Westmead, where she has been a clinical and drug information pharmacist since 1985, Ms Koller has also served as Western Sydney Local Health District, Secretary, Area Drug Committee, since 2004.
* Secretary, Auburn Westmead Safe Use of Medicine Committee, since 2004.
* Member, New South Wales Medication Safety Expert Advisory Committee, since 2012.
* Member, New South Wales Therapeutic Advisory Group, since 2011.
* Member, New South Wales LHD Medication Reconciliation Leadership Group, since 2015.
* Chair, Medication Reconciliation Working Party, New South Wales Health Quality and Safety
Branch, 2010.
She has also been a member of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (New South Wales Branch) Emergency Medicine Speciality Interest Group, since 1980.

PSA National President Dr Shane Jackson said the pharmacists richly deserved this recognition for their distinguished careers and many years of hard work providing excellence in healthcare.

“I sincerely congratulate Prof McLachlan and Ms Koller for their outstanding dedication to the profession and to the health of their local communities,” Dr Jackson said.

Among other recipients of note to pharmacists are:

* Professor Brian Owler, a neurosurgeon who was Federal AMA President from 2014-16 and AMA NSW President from 2012-14, was made a Member (AM) in the General Division for ‘significant service to medicine through the leadership and administration of professional medical organisations, and to education’.

* The ‘Beechworth baker’, Tom O’Toole, a well-known regular speaker at pharmacy conferences in his role as an innovative small business advocate. 

Mr O’Toole was awarded the AM for “service to the retail baked goods industry, and to the community of Beechworth“.

* Leading gastroenterologist Professor Terry Bolin, founder and president of the Gut Foundation, awarded the OAM “For service to medicine in the field of gastroenterology.



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