Sue Kirsa has been awarded the Fred J Boyd Award for 2015 and delivered an oration today during the opening plenary session of Medicines Management 2015, the 41st SHPA National Conference.
“It is both humbling and a very great honour to receive this award. To have it conferred in my home city, Melbourne is very special indeed,” she said.
Named in honour of SHPA’s founding president, the Fred J Boyd Award is SHPA’s highest award; it is awarded to recognise significant contributions to hospital pharmacy.
On presenting the award, SHPA President Professor Michael Dooley said, “Sue embodies the spirit of Fred J Boyd through her contribution to pharmacy practice and to SHPA and the leadership she exhibits.
“Throughout her career Sue has demonstrated exceptional commitment to innovation, research, quality use of medicines, and to the profession.
“Sue has been constantly engaged in the pharmacy profession through her involvement in a huge array of organisations, committees and bodies to achieve her goal of improved pharmacy services and to maximise the benefits that pharmacy services can bring to Australian consumers.’”
Kirsa was recently appointed as the Director of Pharmacy at Monash Health – the largest hospital network in Victoria – having been Director of Pharmacy at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for the previous 10 years.
She began her pharmacy career in community practice, moving into hospital practice to pursue her interest in oncology. Throughout her career, Kirsa has been heavily engaged in the profession at many levels, providing leadership and influence as a member of a range of committees within numerous organisations, including Monash University, Australian Pharmacy Council, Pharmacy Board of Victoria, Victorian Quality Council, Victorian Drug Use Evaluation Group, and Victorian Medicines Advisory Committee.
She has many publications on her particular interests, oncology, antimicrobial stewardship and quality use of medicine.
Kirsa is a Fellow of SHPA and her considerable contribution to SHPA includes a total of 12 years as a Federal Councillor over two periods, during which time she served as Federal Treasurer and Federal President, the SHPA says.
Her ability to build influential relationships, achieve transformational change and shape strategy were features of her time as SHPA President, it says.
She has also co-authored a number of SHPA standards of practice and for the Victorian Branch she was involved in the Oncology Pharmacists Special Interest Group and Management Special Interest Group.
Kirsa was recently recognised by Monash University in their Distinguished Alumni Awards 2015, which recognises alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to their field.
“Sue’s dedication and contribution to hospital pharmacy and to SHPA is exceptional,” says Dooley.
“She is held in high regard across the profession, is a terrific role model for pharmacists and a truly worthy recipient of the Fred J Boyd Award. On behalf of SHPA and all of our members I congratulate her on this achievement.”