Taren Gill is the first Early Career Pharmacist to be appointed as a PSA National Board Director to help shape the future of the profession, , the organisation says.
PSA’s National Board has approved the appointment of Gill – a NSW-based rural hospital pharmacist and community pharmacist – as the new ECP PSA Director following an extensive recruitment process, which attracted a significant number of applications.
As a multi-skilled pharmacist, Gill currently works in several areas of practice including as Deputy Director of Pharmacy at Orange Hospital, a community pharmacist at Blooms the Chemist Orange and as a pharmacy lecturer at Charles Sturt University supporting students at Orange and Wagga Wagga.
Gill is widely respected as a leader among ECPs in Australia through her tireless work with pharmacy students, says PSA. She was named PSA’s Young Pharmacist of the Year in 2014.
Newly re-elected PSA National President Joe Demarte says he is delighted PSA’s Board made a strategic decision for the future needs of the profession, which now includes a stronger focus on ECPs.
“This is a historic and important milestone for the organisation, which proudly represents all pharmacists in Australia, including our young, rising stars of the profession,” Demarte says.
“Ms Gill will make a wonderful addition to PSA’s National Board as she brings plenty of passion, enthusiasm and experience to the organisation.”
Gill says she is delighted to accept the prestigious and historic role with PSA.
“It’s a great honour to be appointed as the first Early Career Pharmacist Board Director for PSA,” she says.
“I will take this role and platform that I have been provided to voice issues for ECPs and devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil this important position.”
Gill’s appointment will be 12 months, and she will also become Chair of the National ECP Working Group.
PSA CEO Dr Lance Emerson says PSA was delighted by the large number of high calibre and outstanding candidates who applied for the ECP role.
“I applaud the enthusiasm and passion shown by these ECPs, which highlights there’s a very bright future for the profession,” Dr Emerson says.
“This appointment will help ensure that what PSA delivers to members includes the needs of ECPs and that we understand exactly what’s needed for them to thrive in their careers and deliver excellence in pharmacist care.”