Service recognised


A number of leaders of pharmacy have been rewarded for a lifetime of service in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list

Former Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) national president Warwick Plunkett was among those honoured in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mr Plunkett, who served two stints in the PSA’s top job – in 1996-1997 and from 2008 to 2011 – was awarded the AM, Member of the Order of Australia, for “significant service to pharmacy, and to professional organisations”.

He has served as PSA national Board Member from 1990 to 1998 and since 2007. He also served as PSA NSW branch president from 1987-1990 and 2001-2004, and has been a NSW PSA council member since 1975.

Mr Plunkett, a partner in Newport Pharmacy in Sydney’s northern beaches since 1978, is also well known as the long-term (since 1977) chair of the PSA’s annual Pharmacy Offshore Conference, and is currently on the 2019 iteration of the event in Montreux, Switzerland.

Among other roles, Mr Plunkett has been chair of the society’s Minor Ailments Program Working Group and of its Governance Committee.

He has also given long service to the National Return Unwanted Medicines Program (RUM), acting as a board member since 1997 and has been its chairman and director from 2003-2010 and since 2012.

Among other achievements, Mr Plunkett has been:

  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Australian Prescriber, since 1991.
  • Member, Sydney University Pharmacy Practice Foundation Council2003-2010 and President, 2004-2010.
  • Chair, National Industry Advisory Board, University of Technology Sydney, since 2012.
  • President, Australian College of Pharmacy Practice, 1998-2000.
  • Deputy Chairman, Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy, 1996-1997.
  • President, New South Wales Pharmacy Research Trust, 1987-1990 and 2001-2004.

Carlene Smith was also awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for “significant service to pharmacy, and to professional organisations”.

Ms Smith has been a medication reviewer, accredited by the Australian Association of Consultancy Pharmacy, since 1997 and a community pharmacy consultant since 2014.

She was a member of the Graduate Review Panel, Pharmacy Board of NSW, 2000 and the co-owner, (with her husband) of the Town Centre Pharmacy in Kogarah, from 1974-1996. Ms Smith was a volunteer pharmacist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and served on the Pharmacy Guild of Australia NSW Branch as a Clinical Training Coordinator, 2001-2014 and State Medication Management Review Facilitator, Home Medicines Review, 2001-2008.

At the University of Sydney she was involved with Research and Teaching, Faculty of Pharmacy, 1996-2008 and was Senior Project Officer, The Sutherland Project, 1999, and The St George Project, 1999-2000.

She was also involved with St Vincent’s Care Services (previously Albert Court Aged Care Facility) as Member and Secretary, Advisory Committee, 2007-2015.

Ms Juliet Seifert was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia “For service to the pharmaceutical and therapeutic goods sectors”.

She was the executive director of the Australian Self-Medication Industry (ASMI) (formerly the Proprietary Medicines Association of Australia and now Consumer Healthcare Products Australia) from 1989 to 2010.

She also served as:

  • Former ASMI Representative, World Self-Medication Industry.
  • Foundation Member, Australian Pharmaceutical Advisory Council.
  • Former ASMI Representative, Australian Pharmacy Research Council.
  • Former ASMI Representative, Medicines Partnerships Australia.
  • Former ASMI Representative, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.
  • Former ASMI Representative, Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code.
  • Former ASMI Representative, Therapeutic Goods Administration Industry Consultative Council.
  • Inaugural Member, Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council, 2013-2016.
  • Former Member, Industry Advisory Committee, Centre for the Health Economy, Macquarie University.
  • Courage to Care NSW Chair, since 2017 and Vice-Chair, 2017
  • Australian Retailers Association Acting National Director, 1989 and Deputy National Director 1985-1989.
  • Board Member, Communication Research Institute of Australia, 2000-2010.
  • Training Development Executive, New South Wales Retail Industry Training Council, 1983-1985.
  • Manpower Development Executive, Retail Traders Association of New South Wales, 1981-1983.

Also honoured were Mr David North and Mrs Dianne North; and Emeritus Professor Maree Therese Smith and Ms Catherine Reid.

Prof Smith was honoured as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to science through pioneering research and innovation in the treatment of neuropathic pain, to gender equity, and as a role model.

PSA National President Dr Chris Freeman said the award acknowledges Professor Smith’s lifetime of service.

“Maree has been a member of PSA for 43 years and during this time has made countless contributions to the fields of pharmacy and pain research,” he said.

“Being bestowed the highest level of honour within the Order of Australia is recognition of the impact her work has had on Australia’s healthcare system.”

PSA Member Cathie Reid is also recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to healthcare delivery, and to philanthropy.

She is a current co-owner of Epic Pharmacy and co-founder of the Epic Good Foundation.

Mr and Mrs North are recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community of the Illawarra.

They have been honoured for their extensive volunteer work with local service and sporting organisations.

Mr North has worked with PSA to enable professional development opportunities for pharmacists in the Illawarra area. Mrs North has presented at PSA conferences, and is a former recipient of PSA’s Jack Thomas Perpetual Trophy and Excellence in Pharmacy Practice Medal.

“I sincerely congratulate all of today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients and thank them for their ongoing service to the pharmacy profession and their local communities,” Dr Freeman said.

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