The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand has named its pharmacist of the year: Tanya du Plessis, the infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship pharmacist at Middlemore Hospital.
Du Plessis is the only pharmacist in New Zealand with a Master’s Degree in infectious diseases; she has been a pioneering pharmacist in New Zealand in demonstrating the value of pharmacists’ contribution to the management of infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.
Her work and initiatives have been instrumental in creating the infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist network in New Zealand.
The Pharmaceutical Society of NZ says she demonstrates all the key attributes of professionalism and clinical leadership from empathy, resilience, patient centeredness, and innovation to excellent clinical ability and knowledge.
Du Plessis says that the award has changed her life by helping her to reflect on her journey as a pharmacist and take stock of her achievements.
“I am so grateful to all the people who have supported and mentored me and it is my wish to pay it forward and nurture and develop the young talented pharmacists who I meet,” she says.
She plans to use the money from her award to attend Idea Week, a multifaceted international conference held in the United States which focuses on paediatrics, microbiology and HIV, where she will present a poster. She understands she will be the first New Zealand pharmacist to present at the conference.